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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Chelsea win the Champions League for the 2nd time in their history

Thomas Tuchel defeated Pep Guardiola for the third time since taking over Chelsea.

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The Blues won the Champions League for the second time in their history with a well-deserved win over Manchester City in an all-Premier League match in Porto.

After a sluggish start to his Chelsea career, Kai Havertz scored the game-winning goal three minutes before halftime, collecting a defense-splitting ball from Mason Mount and around City goalkeeper Ederson to score.

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It means City will continue to chase the Champions League, a title they have never won, and Guardiola will face criticism for his role in the defeat following a tactical gambit that failed.

Guardiola unexpectedly chose not to use Rodri or Fernandinho as defensive midfielders, leaving City with a jumbled game plan that limited their efficiency and hardly caused Tuchel’s side any difficulties.

Throughout the game, Chelsea had the better chances, with Timo Werner missing two decent chances before Havertz scored, and replacement Christian Pulisic squandering another in the second half.

City, who lost Kevin De Bruyne to injury midway through the second half, brought in Sergio Aguero for his last appearance, but the club’s all-time leading scorer was denied a fairytale finale as Chelsea won.

After the disappointment of losing last year’s final as manager of Paris St-Germain, Tuchel was overjoyed.

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