Havertz shines, Chelsea lift 2021 UCL trophy for 2nd time - Sports history


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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Havertz shines, Chelsea lift 2021 UCL trophy for 2nd time

Havertz's first-half goal wins, Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 to catch the 2020-21 Champions League title! 

 Chelsea won the Champions League 2020-21 title for the second time with a fully deserved victory over Manchester City in an all-Premier League confrontation in Porto. 

Thomas Tuchel got the better of his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for the third time since succeeding sacked Frank Lampard in January to bring European club football's biggest prize back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2012.

Havertz's first-half goal wins it for Chelsea after they beat Manchester City 1-0! Just before half-time, Havertz got in between City's defenders to latch onto the ball and took it around the onrushing Ederson to put it into the empty net. 

Chelsea's solid defence frustrated City throughout, though Mahrez did have a late chance to equalise, but he volleyed his effort just over the bar.

 This is Chelsea's first piece of silverware under Thomas Tuchel and only their second Champions League victory, last lifting the trophy in 2012. As for City, it just wasn't their night and they couldn't add to the EFL Cup and Premier League trophies that they'd already lifted this season.

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1  --  Chelsea are the third English side to win the Champions League on two occasions, after Liverpool (2004-05 and 2018-19) and Manchester United (1998-99 and 2007-08).

2  --  Chelsea have lifted the trophy in six of their seven major European finals in their history - with this their fourth European success in the Roman Abramovich era alone (Champions League in 2020-21 and 2011-12, Europa League in 2012-13 and 2018-19).

3  --  Guardiola has lost more matches against Chelsea in all competitions than against any other club (eight), losing his last three in a row against the Blues. Indeed, the only other sides that he has lost three in a row against in his managerial career are Real Madrid (2012-14) and Liverpool (2018).

4  --  Tuchel is the third different German manager to win the Champions League in the last three seasons (Jurgen Klopp 2019, Hans Flick 2020) - it is the first time the European Cup/Champions League has been won in three consecutive years by three different managers of the same nationality since 1979-80 to 1981-82 (Brian Clough, Bob Paisley, Tony Barton).

5  --  Tuchel became just the second manager to record three consecutive wins in all competitions against Guardiola (excluding Barcelona B), after fellow German Klopp did so in 2018 with Liverpool.

6  --  ManCity became the ninth different English team to reach a European Cup/Champions League final, at least three more than any other nation (Germany and Italy, six) - although only one of the last 11 teams competing in their first final have won (Borussia Dortmund v Juventus in 1997).

7  --  Guardiola has lost his first cup final as City manager, with this loss only his second major cup final defeat of his managerial career (along with Copa del Rey in 2010-11).

8  --  Havertz's goal in the 42nd minute neither Manchester City or Chelsea managed to land a single shot on target during the rest of the match.

9  --  Chelsea's Havertz scored his first Champions League goal and became the first player to score his first goal in the competition in the final since Ilkay Gundogan in 2013. Indeed, Havertz became the youngest German player to score in a Champions League final since Borussia Dortmund's Lars Ricken in 1997 (20 years 322 days v Juventus).

10  --  Chelsea's Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 games in this season's Champions League - no keeper has ever kept more in a single campaign in the competition (level with Santiago Canizares for Valencia in 2000-01 and Keylor Navas for Real Madrid in 2015-16).

11  --  Mendy's nine clean sheets for Chelsea in the Champions League this season is the most ever by a goalkeeper in their maiden campaign in the competition.

12  --  Chelsea's Mason Mount became the first English player to provide a Champions League final assist since Wes Brown in 2008 for Manchester United against Chelsea.

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