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3 talking points as Chelsea beat Manchester City in the Champions League final

Chelsea got the better of Manchester City in the Champions League final courtesy of Kai Havertz’s goal in the first half to seal the win.

Thomas Tuchel’s stunning debut season with Chelsea only got better as the Blues defeated Manchester City 1-0 to clinch the Champions League title. This is Chelsea’s second Champions League crown and the first of Tuchel’s managerial career.

Kai Havertz’s goal in the first half was all that separated the two teams in an injury-marred contest. Pep Guardiola’s side began the game on the front foot and relentlessly attacked the Chelsea back-line, which looked wobbly at first but soon found its feet. Havertz put Chelsea ahead right before half time as he finished a stunning defense-splitting long ball from Mason Mount.

The German timed his run to perfection and rounded up Ederson, who creditably got a touch on the ball, to roll it into an empty net and score his career’s first-ever Champions League goal. City began the second half on a bright note but suffered a setback early on as Kevin de Bruyne picked up a head injury after colliding with Antonio Rudiger.

The Sky Blues skipper limped off in tears and was replaced by Gabriel Jesus, while Rudiger was booked for the challenge. Guardiola soon brought on Fernandinho to add more solidity but City simply lacked the bite upfront. Sergio Aguero, who was making his last appearance for Manchester City was brought on for added firepower but was unable to inspire the side as the 2020/21 Premier League champions simply struggled to find a way past the Chelsea defense. The Blues held on, doggedly, to ensure the Champions League title returned to Stamford Bridge.

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This was Chelsea’s 17th trophy of the Roman Abramovich era, and undoubtedly one of the sweetest of the lot. Their winning mentality is extraordinary, and the glory doesn’t look like stopping any time soon. It was a typically ruthless, cold-blooded decision to sack club legend Frank Lampard earlier in the season and replace him with Thomas Tuchel.

But their improvement since then has been quite incredible, and winning the greatest prize of all was beyond even the most optimistic Chelsea fan’s wildest dreams. This team has the potential to do anything now, and will surely be eyeing up a serious Premier League title challenge next year.