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Manchester City vs Chelsea Champions League final preview: where to watch, starting line-ups, team news

Where to watch, starting line-ups and expert predictions ahead of the UEFA Champions League final between Man. City and Chelsea.


Manchester City face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 29 May at 21:00 CET.

Where to watch the game on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.

Starting line-ups

City and Chelsea set for final showdown

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Gündoğan, Foden; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell; Havertz, Werner, Mount

Check out our reporters' opinions on the main selection dilemmas for both coaches.

How they got here

Manchester City
Record: W11 D1 L0 F25 A4
Top scorer: Riyad Mahrez, Ferran Torres (4)
Semi-finals: 4-1 vs Paris
Quarter-finals: 4-2 vs Dortmund
Round of 16: 4-0 vs Mönchengladbach
Group C: winners

Watch all Chelsea's goals so far

Record: W8 D3 L1 F22 A4
Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
Semi-finals: 3-1 vs Real Madrid
Quarter-finals: 2-1 vs Porto
Round of 16: 3-0 vs Atlético
Group E: winner

Form guide

Manchester City
Last game: Man. City 5-0 Everton, 23/05
Where they finished: Premier League winners, League Cup winners

The final as it happened


Last game: Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea, 23/05
Where they finished: 4th in Premier League

Team reporters

Every Man. City goal en route to the final

Thomas Tuchel may have got the better of Josep Guardiola in the league and FA Cup in the past two months, but the last time the Catalan unleashed his free-flowing false-nine system on the Blues, the Citizens won emphatically. This latest meeting is likely to be a more cagey affair given what is at stake, but if City can reproduce the levels of quality and maturity on show in their semi-final victory over Paris, the cup should be theirs.
Matthew Howarth, Man. City reporter

Do Chelsea have what it takes to win? Of course they do. The Blues have faced City twice already and won both, an FA Cup semi-final and a Premier League clash in Manchester. Even despite their recent blip, Thomas Tuchel has made them hard to beat, based on a solid defence. The finishing touch at the other end is the biggest problem, but there are so many capable talents up there, it just needs one of them to flourish and the trophy could well be heading on a flight bound for London, rather than Manchester.
Jon Phipps, Chelsea reporter

View from the camps

Guardiola: 'I know exactly how we want to play'

Josep Guardiola, Man. City manager: "“I’m the happiest man in the world to be here. It’s a privilege, it’s an honour. We’re going to try and do our best. All we have to do is be honest with ourselves and try to win the game."

Kevin De Bruyne, Man. City midfielder: “We’re all competitors and we all want to win. As players we understand the magnitude of the game. If you win you’re a hero, if you lose you’re almost a failure.”

Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea manager: "As a child, you dream of these matches and it’s like watching the moon - it’s so, so far away. Once you’re in it, you’re just in it. I don’t hesitate to say that Man. City and Bayern have been the benchmark in Europe this season and last season. We are trying to close the gap and the good thing is, in football, you can close gaps in 90 minutes."

César Azpilicueta, Chelsea captain: "Chelsea always fight for everything. Tomorrow is about becoming European champions, it's a big game and we know that we will have to be at our best. It's a special day, we have the fans back and we want to make history."

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