After nine years that Chelsea won the Champion League, they have beaten Manchester City1-0 to emerge the 2021 European football champions.
The Washington Post reports that Chelsea fans were concerned Edouard Mendy, a key piece of the team’s defensive resurgence, might not play in Saturday’s final. But the Senegalese goalkeeper proved fit enough to start against Manchester City and helped put the Blues ahead when he launched a long ball, which Ben Chilwell shifted to Mason Mount to spur Chelsea’s 42nd-minute attack. Mount exposed a misshapen City backline with a piercing through ball, which pitted Kai Havertz against a charging Ederson at the top of the box.
Ederson slid. Havertz’s left-footed tap sent the ball past him and he poked it into the empty net to put Chelsea ahead minutes before halftime.
Havertz’s goal lifted Chelsea after Timo Werner failed to convert several promising opportunities earlier in the half. By intermission, City held slightly more possession (52-48 per cent) but Chelsea had created more chances (five shots to three), punishing its Premier League foes just minutes after losing Thiago Silva to an injury
Kai Havertz scored his first Champions League goal to put Chelsea ahead in the 42nd minute. He received a threatening through ball from Mason Mount, tapped the ball past a charging Ederson then slotted it into the empty net.
Chelsea’s veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva departed the game with an apparent groin injury after contending with Phil Foden to win a header several minutes before halftime. He was replaced by Andreas Christensen.
Chelsea created dangerous opportunities through the first third of the match, frustrating Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola despite his team maintaining greater possession.
Chelsea’s Timo Werner saw a pair of chances snuffed in the early going — one saved by City’s Ederson at the center of the goal, another blocked from the far side of the box. Each side produced three shots with one on goal over the first third of the match.