This weekend sees the second all-English Champions League final in just the last three seasons.
Manchester City are close to attaining the trophy that has always eluded them but will have a challenge in the face of Chelsea during the final this Saturday.
It almost comes as a bittersweet moment for Pep Guardiola and his squad, with them finally reaching the final but having to face a familiar foe in the London club.
Since Thomas Tuchel’s appointment we have seen a real growth and change in Chelsea and their performances this season.
Before the German took over not many would have thoughts that they would have made it to the Champions League final this season and yet they find themselves one step away from European glory and only slight outsiders according to Betway.
Chelsea have everything in their squad to prevent Manchester City from that greatly anticipated glory in Europe, but the question is will they utilise it properly?
Over the last few months, we have seen a massive change defensively for the Blues with them toughening up their options and quality at the back.
Not only this, but Chelsea already have a fantastic victory over City at the start of this month with a 2-1 win at the Etihad after pulling off a fantastic comeback, by essentially suffocating City’s time on the ball with the likes of N’Golo Kante running riot.
If Chelsea want to beat City they will need a similar game plan and tactics from this game and their win over Real Madrid.
High energy and plenty of pressure out of possession is one of the key components against a Pep Guardiola team.
Chelsea has the right players for this, and they also have the right players to take advantage of that turnover of possession.
Attacking talent such as Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech have all been hit and miss at times this campaign.
However, if all these four can fire on all cylinders on the night then there is no doubt that they can overcome the current favourites in City.
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Chelsea have nothing to lose here in comparison to City – the Blues have won this competition before and realistically, weren’t expected to make the final either.
For City, this game is the eclipse of the whole decade of building and growth for the club, having won the Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield, and League Cup, the Champions League is the final piece of the puzzle.