The team from London won 1-0, with the only goal coming in the 42nd minute once Kai Havertz hit the back of City’s net. The German forward was perfectly spotted by Mason Mount, who sent a long ground pass towards his teammate. Havertz would use the space between two defenders, get the ball, and then round the citizens’ goalkeeper Ederson before putting it into the net.
Even though there was just a goal in this event, the game at Dragao stadium was very intense with many rhythms. There were several solid chances for scoring on both sides, and a lot of excitement.
Two sides were very active in the opening half, with Werner missing a couple of chances in front of Ederson, while on the other side, City also having a few promising situations in front of Edouard Mendy’s net.
Chelsea lost its captain, Thiago Silva, in the 37th minute, due to an injury. The same happened to City, only in the second half, when Antonio Rudiger collided on purpose with Kevin De Bruyne forcing the Belgian to leave the pitch due to a heavy hit in the head.
City increased the pressure, taking the possession and circling around Mendy’s net, but without too much success. There were two very good chances for the EPL champions to level the score, but they all went down the drain.
Chelsea’s superb fighting spirit and Tuchel’s excellent tactical approach earned the second European title for the Blues, the fourth overall continental trophy. They would win the first UCL trophy in 2012 against Bayern in Munich, and conquer the Europa League the very next year against Benfica. Two years ago, in 2019, Chelsea was better in the Europa League finals against Arsenal, 4-1.
It’s free to say that this piece of silverware was the most unexpected. For those who forgot, the team from Stamford Bridge made a rotation at the head coaching position this winter, with Frank Lampard being replaced with Thomas Tuchel.
On the other side, City’s one more pursuit for the UCL trophy ended unsuccessfully. Even though they dominate English football, the Sky-Blues simply can’t put their hands on the continental title. It will be interesting to see what happens next, because several big players might leave Etihad, as well as Pep Guardiola.