Chelsea Stun Manchester City to Win The Champions League

César Azpilicueta lifts the Champions League trophy. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou – Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz repaid some of his huge transfer fee as his first-half goal sealed a 1-0 win for his side over Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Profiting from an assist from Mason Mount, the German youngster and Chelsea’s record signing – Kai Havertz slotted the ball into the net after beating goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.

That 42nd-minute effort separated the two teams in Portugal as Pep Guardiola’s men would have themselves to blame for their inability to turn things around despite boasting of superior ball possession.

Premier League champions City were favourites ahead of the final but suffered a desperately disappointing night in Porto in what was their first Champions League final.

Pep Guardiola’s side were never allowed to play their normal fluent game and could not respond as a disciplined Chelsea sealed a second Champions League triumph.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel won the tactical battle against his City counterpart Guardiola and his side could have won by more had Chelsea players converted more of their chances.

They shattered City’s hopes of a domestic treble when they triumphed in the FA Cup semi-finals in April and then delayed their title celebrations with victory in Manchester.

Now, in a final watched by a limited crowd of just over 14,000 fans who created a raucous atmosphere, they have denied City the first Champions League crown they and Guardiola so crave.

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