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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: Manchester City face Chelsea in Porto

 

There'll be an English European Cup winner this season as Manchester City and Chelsea meet in the UEFA Champions League final in Porto.

City have never reached a Champions League final in their history while Chelsea are bidding for their second victory.

John Terry infamously missed a penalty in their 2008 defeat to Manchester United, which was their first appearance.

Pep Guardiola's side have finally progressed to the showcase event with their previous best finish coming in the semi-final.

Although Pep's opposite number, Thomas Tuchel, has guided Chelsea to wins against City in recent months.

Tuchel's team defeated City in the FA Cup semi-final despite going on to lose the final to Leicester.

Weeks later, they picked up a 2-1 win away at the Etihad. Revenge may be on the mind of Guardiola's side.

 

Champions League final team news: Man City v Chelsea

 

It's impossible to select a starting eleven for Manchester City with the amount of rotating Pep does.

İlkay Gündoğan is a doubt but is expected to be available for selection.

Joao Cancelo was suspended for the final game of the Premier League season but is in contention to return for this game.

Chelsea are sweating on N'Golo Kante being fit. He was expected to return to training on Wednesday following a thigh injury.

Edouard Mendy is another hopeful for the game with his chances of playing being 50/50.

 

The players are ready - Guardiola

 

Manchester City's manager says he doesn't have a team in mind yet for the final but knows how good his players are.

His job is a tough one - picking 11 players to start a final when your team is full of talent.

The City boss trusts them enough to make the right decisions though.

"They are ready," said Pep. "I know how good they are - all of them. I will not change because of one or two sessions.

"I have known most for many many years. The starting XI is not done, not yet."

He feels the margins are so small in the Champions League is the reason why they have only just reached the final.

City were beaten in the quarter-final by both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in recent years.

Their best finish was a semi-final defeat to Real Madrid, with a shock exit last year coming against Lyon.

Despite them spending huge amounts of money, Guardiola rejects the notion they should have won it already by now.

"I never thought this was the season to get to the final," he said.

"I never started this competition like that even at Barcelona. We are a similar team to the previous season when we were out.

"The margins are so small and have not changed much.

"Now we are quite satisfied to get to the final but we know if you don't have a huge desire to win it, we know it won't be possible to win the game and win the Champions League."

 

Last year is a lesson for me and Thiago, but not a lesson for the team - Tuchel

 

Chelsea boss Tuchel was the runner-up in last season's final when he was manager of Paris Saint Germain.

He took over at Stamford Bridge following Frank Lampard's dismissal earlier this season.

The German says that him and Thiago Silva, who were both on the losing side for PSG in last year's final, may learn lessons from this experience.

However, he doesn't feel like that will help the rest of the squad much.

"I learned, of course, because I learn from every match," says Tuchel of last season's final.

"Experience is a crucial thing in coaching and the more experience I have in coaching the better I can be.

"So I arrive smarter and more experienced for my personal second final. It's the same as for Thiago, but the situation is quite different.

"When we arrived last year there was not only one game to play. It was a 12-day tournament where we played two knockout games and then the final.

"This now feels very different because we have come a long way of course with Frank [Lampard] through the group stage, and then through all the knockouts and this is a very different feeling."

Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday night in Porto in the UEFA Champions League final.


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