Chelsea have been in sublime form across all competitions this year and will be a major threat to Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final.
Chelsea and Manchester City will meet in the 2021 UCL final on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey. Thomas Tuchel’s men beat an in-form Real Madrid 3-1 to reach the finals whereas, the City downed Paris-Saint Germain.
When it comes to the English Premier League, both EPL outfits have performed well, but Manchester City are the potential winner this season. After a shaky start to this year’s competition, Pep Guardiola’s men found their rhythm again. City are the top-ranked side with 80 points in the bag and three games remaining.
Chelsea sits pretty at the third spot with 64 points secured after thumping City in their latest EPL clash on May 8. The Blues came from behind to beat City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City could have won their 14th Premier League trophy had they passed the Chelsea test. Hence, they will now have to wait a bit more to get their hands on the English gold.
FULL TIME | Defeat on the day.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 8, 2021
But it’s a completely different story when it comes to the UCL glory. While Guardiola has been the driving force behind City’s exquisite outing in 2021, Thomas Tuchel has breathed a fresh air among the Blues’ players.
Tuchel-led Chelsea seem unstoppable
The Real Madrid game best defines Chelsea’s revival under Thomas Tuchel. They were ruthless, determined, and eager to pounce. Chelsea has ditched their shaky demeanor and seems like an unstoppable force under the new manager.
In the last week of January, Tuchel graced the Stamford Bridge turf to replace Frank Lampard as the head coach. The former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel has since settled extremely quickly with the Blues. Chelsea was languishing at the eighth spot when he arrived. Now they have jumped five spots.
On his first day at work, Tuchel wasted no time to gel with the squad as he supervised the training session at Cobham.
Can Guardiola replicate Barcelona-like heroics?
Pep Guardiola and Barcelona are a match made in heaven. After Munich’s stint, he seems that he could replicate such heroics at the Etihad Stadium as well.
Guardiola won his first Champions League title in 2008 in his debut season in charge of Barcelona. The Catalan club thumped Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United 2-0 in the final.
Under Guardiola, Barca won the UEFA Champions League twice, Supercopa de Espana three times, and La Liga thrice. Moreover, the Spanish giants also lifted the prestigious trophies of Copa del Rey, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup once.
At that time, Guardiola had Lionel Messi at his disposal as a young prodigy who changed the game in a matter of moments. Fast forward to 2021, Guardiola will have Phil Foden who could play a similar role. Although, it is unfair to expect Foden to perform at Messi’s level in Istanbul he has been a brilliant find for the City this season.
Perhaps, considering how well Guardiola has been in his short tenure at the Etihad Stadium, he might as well win his third UCL title with City.