One English giant was blocked from claiming the first of Europe’s top accolades this week, but either Manchester City or Chelsea will bring the Champions title League home come Saturday. Days after Manchester United succumbed to Villarreal in the Europa League’s closing act, another of the Premier League’s superpowers will be crowned continental kings in Portugal.
The Estádio do Dragão in Porto was approved as an alternative venue for this season’s European finale after travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and Turkey meant the original venue— Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium—was altered. Pep Guardiola takes City into their European final debut seeking his third Champions League title, with the chance to complete a historic treble after clinching two domestic trophies.Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel was a losing finalist last season when his Paris Saint-Germain side lost to Bayern Munich, seeking to right certain wrongs with the Blues.
What TV Channel is City-Chelsea on?
The battle for Europe’s grandest prize concludes on Saturday when City and Chelsea will kick off their decisive duel at 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Manchester City vs. Chelsea
When: Saturday, May 29
Where: Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: CBS, TUDN
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Tuchel has already made history by becoming the first manager to reach successive Champions League (or European Cup) finals with two different clubs. The Chelsea chief has guided the club to Europe’s pinnacle after only four months at Stamford Bridge, but he faces probably the most daunting managerial matchup one could envision in Guardiola. It’s fortunate for Tuchel that he already boasts two such victories during his short time in charge of Chelsea. The west Londoners ousted the Citizens from the FA Cup semi-finals in April, beating City on their own soil a fortnight later to delay their Premier League title procession:
Even that couldn’t cease City’s saunter to a third league title in four seasons, however, which has allowed Guardiola to rest his key men when necessary in the buildup to Saturday’s showdown. England’s incumbent kings carry a clean bill of health to Porto, though question marks will remain as to what curveballs Guardiola may pitch when it comes to naming his lineup.
Chelsea are significantly more relieved to have midfield talisman N’Golo Kante back in training ahead of the final, while first-choice goalkeeper Edouard Mendy should be back following a rib injury:
City will hope to become the second team to win a European title this week having gone undefeated on the continent. Villarreal clinched Europa League honours without recording a single loss in the competition, and the Citizens have failed to win just one of their 12 Champions League games to date this season (a 0-0 draw with group opponents Porto).
Guardiola & Co. beat last year’s runners-up, PSG, home and away to reach the final, recording seven wins on the trot ahead of their trip to Portugal. Chelsea have been similarly resilient in their journey to Porto, who also happen to be the only team that managed to best the Blues in Europe this season.
Tuchel’s transformation act will undergo its toughest test to date on the biggest stage of all. Chelsea have come a long way since last lifting the Champions League in 2012, when Roberto Di Matteo also won the crown after taking over at the helm midway through the campaign. For Guardiola, Saturday’s final represents the culmination of his five years in Manchester to date, with the Catalan on the verge of realising his primary goal since becoming City boss in 2016.