The players are continuing to prepare for Porto and so can you by studying the main facts and figures surrounding Saturday's big game...
The Champions League final will be the eighth to be contested by two clubs from the same nation, and the third time two English clubs have done so (after Chelsea v Man Utd 2008 and Liverpool v Tottenham 2019).
This is the third year running a team will play in the Champions League final for the first time (Tottenham in 2019, PSG in 2020, Manchester City in 2021).
Chelsea vs Man City head to head
Chelsea and Manchester City meet for the fourth time in 2021. City won at the Bridge in January but the Blues have won the last two contests, at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final and at the Etihad a few weeks ago.
Chelsea last won three successive games against City between 2005 and 2009, when we won eight in a row.
In European competition, Chelsea and Manchester City’s only previous meetings came in the 1970/71 Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final – Chelsea won both legs 1-0 to progress to the final, where we beat Real Madrid after a replay.
The teams in the second leg at Maine Road were:
Man City Ron Healey, Tony Book, David Connor, Tony Towers, George Heslop, Derek Jeffries, Mike Summerbee (Steve Carter 72), Francis Lee, Ian Bowyer, Neil Young, Jeff Johnson (Willie Donachie h/t)
We have played Man City in two previous finals. Our clubs met in the 2018/19 Carabao Cup final, with City prevailing 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw at Wembley. The other was the inaugural Full Members' Cup in 1985/86 at the old Wembley Stadium which Chelsea won 5-4 thanks to a David Speedie hat-trick and a brace from Colin Lee.
Our most recent meeting
MANCHESTER CITY 1 CHELSEA 2
Premier League, Etihad Stadium, 08.05.21, 5.30pm
Manchester City (3-1-4-2): Ederson; Dias, Laporte, Ake; Rodrigo; Cancelo, Torres (Gundogan 71), Sterling (c), Mendy (Zinchenko 79); Jesus, Aguero (Foden 70)
Unused subs: Steffen, Walker, Garcia, Fernandinho, B Silva, Mahrez
Booked: Sterling 12, Jesus 89
Scorer: Sterling 44
Manager: Pep Guardiola
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Christensen (Zouma 45+3), Rudiger; James, Kante (Jorginho 68), Gilmour, Alonso; Pulisic, Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 76); Werner
Unused subs: Arrizabalaga, Livramento, Emerson, Havertz, Abraham, Giroud
Penalty save: Mendy 45+3
Scorers: Ziyech 63, Alonso 90+2
Head coach: Thomas Tuchel
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Chelsea’s biggest win in the Champions League
21/10/2014 - Chelsea 6-0 Maribor - group stage
12/09/2017 - Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag - group stage
Man City’s biggest win in the Champions League
12/03/2019 - Man City 7-0 Schalke - round of 16
Chelsea are contesting our seventh major European final. Our only defeat in the previous six was in the Champions League final against Man Utd in 2008, decided by a penalty shoot-out.
This is our third Champions League final since 2007/08. Only Real Madrid and Bayern Munich (both four) have reached the final more often than the Blues during this period.
Chelsea play at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao for the fifth time, all in the Champions League.
Chelsea have reached the final of a major competition in five consecutive seasons for the first time in our history (2017 FA Cup, 2018 FA Cup, 2019 Carabao Cup and Europa League, 2020 FA Cup and 2021 FA Cup and Champions League).
Thiago Silva was captain of the PSG side that lost in last season's final; he is the only Chelsea player to have appeared in the Champions League decider.
Mateo Kovacic was an unused substitute in Real Madrid's final wins in 2017 and 2018; he also made eight appearances in their victorious 2015/16 campaign but missed out on the matchday squad for the final.
If Cesar Azpilicueta is involved, he will make his 10th Blues appearance in a major final. Only two players have featured in more.
Most major cup final appearances for Chelsea:
Petr Cech and Frank Lampard 12, Didier Drogba and John Terry 10, Cesar Azpilicueta 9, Peter Bonetti, Ashley Cole and Ron Harris 8.
Thomas Tuchel is the first manager to reach back-to-back finals with two different clubs in Champions League and European Cup history.
Edouard Mendy has kept eight clean sheets in 11 games in this season’s Champions League, with only two goalkeepers ever keeping nine in a single season – Santiago Canizares for Valencia in 2000/01 and Keylor Navas for Real Madrid in 2015/16.
Chelsea need two goals to reach a century for the season in all competitions for the fifth campaign in succession. Last season we scored 102.
Since the beginning of 2018, we have won three and lost three penalty shoot-outs. We lost our one this season, 5-4 away at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
Champions League scorers
Giroud 6 (1 pen), Werner 4 (3 pens), Hudson-Odoi 2, Mount 2, Pulisic 2, Ziyech 2, Abraham 1, Chilwell 1, Emerson 1, Jorginho 1 (pen)
Man City stats
Premier League - champions
FA Cup - semi-finals
Carabao Cup - winners
Champions League - finalists
Scorers: Mahrez 4 (1 pen), Torres 4, De Bruyne 3, Foden 3, Gundogan 3, Aguero 2, Jesus 2, Cancelo 1, B Silva 1, Sterling 1, own goal 1.
Most starts: Ederson 11, Foden 11, Gundogan 11
Most assists: De Bruyne 4, Foden 3, three on 2
Most clean sheets: Ederson 7
|It is 51 years since Manchester City played their last and only major European final - beating Gornik Zabrze 2-1 in the 1970 Cup Winners’ Cup final in Vienna.
Manchester City are the ninth different English team to reach a European Cup/Champions League final, at least three more than any other nation (Germany are Italy both on six).
Only one of the last 10 teams competing in their first final have won. The last English team to win their initial final was Aston Villa in 1982 against Bayern Munich.
Manchester City have won 11 and drawn one of their 12 Champions League matches this season. One more victory would equal the all-time record of 12 in 17 by Real Madrid in 2001/02.
They have won their last seven Champions League matches, the longest ever winning run by an English team in European Cup/Champions League history.
Ilkay Gundogan is the only member of the City squad who has previously played in Champions League final (for Dortmund in their defeat to Bayern Munich in 2013).
Man City have won their last six penalty shoot-outs in all competitions. City have also won their two European shoot-outs, both coming in 2008/09.
Pep Guardiola has won 14 of his 15 cup finals when he has been in charge. His only defeat was over 10 years ago against Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid in the Spanish Cup final.
In his entire managerial career, Pep Guardiola has lost more matches against Chelsea in all competitions than any other club (seven).
Pep Guardiola’s record v Chelsea
Man City’s semi-final second leg line-up
Tuesday 4 May 2021
Man City 2 PSG 0 (City won 4-1 on aggregate)
Team (4-2-4): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, B Silva Sterling 82), De Bruyne (Jesus 82), Foden (Aguero 85)
Booked: Zinchenko 71, De Bruyne 74
Scorers: Mahrez 11, 63
There are no suspensions.
Referee and VAR
Referee: Mateo Lahoz (Spain)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez (Spain)
Mateu Lahoz’s two Chelsea games were both in Portugal, the most recent was in Estadio do Dragao - Porto’s 2-1 Champions League group stage win in 2015.