Champions League final, Manchester City vs Chelsea – Mason Mount-Timo Werner: It was not Timo Werner, Mason Mount’s day at Wembley as Chelsea suffered a 1-0 loss by Leicester City in FA Cup. Mount was denied by a thrilling stop from Kasper Schmeichel in the second half, while Werner’s shot selections all game was very poor.
One such incident arrived during the second half with the Blues behind and chasing the game. They had come alive after Tielemans’ screamer and countered, having a man advantage, as well as Leicester, had committed too many players forward before N’Golo Kante nicked the ball back.
Werner, whose pace was constant pain for the Foxes throughout the game could not utilise it right away.
He ran at the Leicester defender and had Mount on his inside. And instead of cutting the ball inside, Werner decided to move outside and Mount was nowhere near in the right spot.
The Englishman looked at his German footballer with his arms held out, frustrated and yelled “Timo!” with a look of player who knew it was not going right for him.
Champions League final, Man City vs Che – Interesting Facts:
Manchester City’s first UEFA Champions League final pits them against domestic rivals Chelsea, who are in the decider for the third time and looking to add to their 2012 triumph.
- This is the sides’ first European meeting in 50 years, but both have already endured plenty of UEFA Champions League heartache at the hands of Premier League sides, City being eliminated by domestic rivals in 2018 and 2019 while Chelsea’s first final appearance ended in defeat by familiar foes.
- This is the third all-English UEFA Champions League final, Chelsea having been involved in the first, when they lost on penalties to Manchester United in Moscow in 2008. Two years ago, Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.There have been seven previous UEFA Champions League finals between clubs from the same country, all since 2000. Real Madrid were victorious in all-Spanish affairs in 2000 (Valencia), 2014 and 2016 (both Atlético de Madrid) while AC Milan beat fellow Italian side Juventus on penalties in 2003 and Bayern München overcame Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 all-German final.
• City are the ninth English club to appear in a European Cup final, more than any other country; Italy and Germany are next on the list with six each.
• This final will now be held at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, the venue for City’s goalless draw against the local side in the group stage – the only game they have failed to win in this season’s competition – and where Chelsea have won only once in four attempts.
• City and Chelsea have both conceded just four goals en route to this final, the lowest total for the two finalists since Barcelona (four goals against) took on Arsenal (two) in the 2006 decider. Neither side have conceded more than once in a UEFA Champions League game in 2020/21.