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The London membership might have completed fourth within the Premier League, an enormous 19 factors behind the champions Metropolis, however this, remarkably, was their third win over Guardiola’s facet in six weeks.

Chelsea gamers raise the trophy after beating Manchester Metropolis within the last of the Champions League. AP

Porto: Chelsea received the Champions League for the second time as a Kai Havertz objective secured a tense 1-0 victory over Manchester Metropolis in Saturday’s last in Porto, shattering Pep Guardiola’s dream of lifting the trophy for the third time, a decade on from his final triumph.

Havertz rounded Ederson to attain three minutes earlier than half-time on the Estadio do Dragao and the Chelsea gamers ran to the far finish of the pitch to rejoice with the German.

Coach Thomas Tuchel, filled with vitality on the touchline identical to his reverse quantity, punched the air in celebration, and later jumped with pleasure on the pitch after Chelsea held on for victory within the second half as Metropolis misplaced distraught skipper Kevin De Bruyne to damage.

The London membership might have completed fourth within the Premier League, an enormous 19 factors behind the champions Metropolis, however this, remarkably, was their third win over Guardiola’s facet in six weeks.

They shattered Metropolis’s hopes of a home treble once they triumphed within the FA Cup semi-finals in April after which delayed their title celebrations with victory in Manchester.

Now, in a last watched by a restricted crowd of simply over 14,000 followers who created a raucous ambiance, they’ve denied Metropolis the primary Champions League crown they and Guardiola so crave.

Abramovich’s second European Cup

Metropolis have needed to wait 13 years since being taken over by Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour simply to get to the Champions League last.

They’re now the seventh consecutive workforce to lose of their first look at this stage. The identical misfortune befell Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain final yr in addition to Tottenham Hotspur once they have been crushed by Liverpool within the final all-English last in 2019.

Chelsea additionally misplaced once they first acquired to the ultimate, succumbing on penalties in opposition to Manchester United in Moscow in 2008.

They overcame the ultimate hurdle by beating Bayern Munich, additionally in a shoot-out, in 2012 and now they’ve their second European Cup to maneuver stage with Juventus, Benfica and Porto in addition to one other English facet, Nottingham Forest.

Their transformation into one in every of Europe’s tremendous golf equipment has been all the way down to the riches of Roman Abramovich, their Russian oligarch proprietor who was in attendance on the recreation in Portugal.

Chelsea have been reworked because the appointment as coach in January of Tuchel, however Metropolis have been nonetheless the favourites off the again of their third Premier League title triumph in 4 seasons.

Feeding off the vitality of the gang in a stadium that Portuguese authorities had allowed to be stuffed to a 3rd of its capability — all followers required damaging COVID-19 exams to realize entry — each groups performed with a stage of depth not often seen within the final yr of soccer in empty grounds.

Havertz’s marquee second

Metropolis pressed excessive however struggled to hassle Edouard Mendy within the Chelsea objective, whereas on the different finish Timo Werner ought to have achieved higher than shoot straight at Ederson within the 14th minute.

Chelsea then suffered an damage blow as an emotional Thiago Silva was pressured off harm, Andreas Christensen taking the Brazilian’s place in central defence.

But it was they who opened the scoring within the forty second minute, Mason Mount’s ball splitting the Metropolis defence with John Stones out of place, permitting Havertz — their marquee 71 million-pound ($100m) signing final summer season — to go across the lunging Ederson and convert into an empty web.

Metropolis now wanted to interrupt down a Chelsea defence that has been distinctive since Tuchel got here in.

However they misplaced De Bruyne simply earlier than the hour mark, the good Belgian taken out in a collision with Antonio Ruediger that appeared to depart him concussed.

He got here off in tears, and Guardiola as an alternative turned to Sergio Aguero for the latter levels, however there was to be no wonderful send-off as a Metropolis participant for the Argentine, even when a Riyad Mahrez shot sailed simply over within the sixth minute of damage time.

There was additionally no third European Cup for Guardiola, who stays one adrift of the report for the coaches with most wins within the competitors, held collectively by Bob Paisley, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane.

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Updated: May 29, 2021 — 10:07 pm

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