Chelsea made history by clinching their second Champions League title in nine years after beating rivals Man City 1-0 at Estadio Dragao in Portugal.
Germany international Kai Havertz pulled the much important goal on the 42 minutes which proved as the title-winning goal for the Blues.
Both sides started the game in a much cagey way which saw in-depth tactical displays by their technical managers. Of course, having top managers like Pep Guardiola handling the technical side of Man City and Thomas Tuchel at the Blues dugout means a lot of technical and tactical prowess will be displayed during the entire duration of the game.
Pep Guardiola set up his team with an attacking mindset playing five players to directly hunt Chelsea’s defense.
But Brilliant Tuchel took the game around the neck of his rivals to coil chances for his side to get better display and transition from their defense to the danger box of his opponent.
Chelsea stuck to their tactics till it yielded good results with placed them ahead of City for the better part of the game.
The win is the third consecutive times Chelsea have won against Man City since Thomas Tuchel took over from then club legend and coach Frank Lampard.
Chelsea beat Man City 1-0 in the FA Cup, then defeated them 2-1 in Premier League and finally finishing it up with a 1-0 win in the finals of the Champions League meaning have had their way around Man City on three times on the trot.
The last time Pep Guardiola won the Champions League was in 2011 when he was coaching Barcelona. His side went to the final with Premier League side man United under then manager Alex Fergusson beating Mna United 3-1.
The furthest Pep Guardiola has gone after his triumph 10 years ago has been the semi-finals of the competition. Taking Man City to the final for the first time was a dream come through for him after coaching the side for five seasons and achieving the biggest aim of his club for the first time reaching the final of the Champions League.
But to lift the trophy, Chelsea were there to put dust in eyes of the Man City- celebrate in front of them completing a hat-trick of wins over the same side.
So Who did the job for Chelsea?
Answer: N’Golo Kante. Yes Kante……
The 30-year-old Frenchman took the midfield by storm covering every part of the pitch in an energetic manner to win possession and break the Man City attack and threat in the middle part of the field.
Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira who was UEFA Technical Observer for the match lauded Kante’s work rate.
“A massive influence in the middle third of the pitch both with and without the ball. Forms an excellent partnership with Jorginho.”
The former Leicester City dynamo won back-to-back player of the match in the semi-finals games against Real Madrid which qualified his team for the final game in which he made more tackles, interceptions, blocks and covered many more kilometers than any other player in the said game.
After winning the Champions League Kante said this is “an incredible feeling to win the Champions League Trophy.
“This is a reward for all the hard work of all the Chelsea members.
“Big Thanks to the fans for their wonderful support from the first to the last minute of the game.”
Kante has lost just two finals in his entire career, that’s two FA Cups against Arsenal and Leicester City which they loss by 2-1 and 1-0 on two seasons ago and the just-ended season respectively.
The 30-year-old is now the fifth player in history to win the World Cup, Premier League, and Champions League trophies joining legends like Thierry Henry, Gerard Pique, Fabien Barthez, and former Chelsea duo Pedro and Juliano Belletti.