Tuchel’s advantage and Foden’s brilliance – the Man City view on Champions League final clash

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In case you weren’t aware, Chelsea are taking on Man City in the Champions League final this weekend in Portugal as history beckons for both sides.

The Blues could secure their second crown in nine years if they win the showpiece tie in Porto, having previously won the competition in 2012.

For City, a first Champions League title will be theirs if they win and the trophy that has been craved by Pep Guardiola since he pitched up at the Etihad will finally be his once again, having failed to win it without Lionel Messi at his disposal.

Thomas Tuchel has beaten Guardiola twice since he arrived in England in late January, replacing the axed Frank Lampard at the helm at Chelsea.

Whether those victories will count for anything remains to be seen with City having already secured a double by winning the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, while Chelsea lost in the FA Cup final and secured a place in the top four on the final day of the season.

Both sets of players are due to head out to Portugal on Thursday to start preparations for the big game on Saturday. Football.London will be there and so will our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News and we spoke to their Man City correspondent to get the lowdown on Chelsea’s opponents.

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What is the mood like in the City camp heading into the game? Must be feeling pretty confident…

The 5-0 win over Everton, with a team close to the eleven that will play in in the final, has set them up nicely.

Key players like De Bruyne, Mahrez and Foden all looked very sharp, and City seem to have developed a big-game mentality that they haven’t had in previous seasons.

Does Thomas Tuchel have a physiological advantage over Pep Guardiola having beaten them twice already?

The fact that those two games were against seriously weakened City teams makes them irrelevant, even if Chelsea had a few missing for the league game.

The feeling is that the strongest City XI is still better than the strongest Chelsea team – and that if they perform on the night they will prevail.

Two of England’s brightest talents in Phil Foden and Mason Mount face off…will the winner of that battle ultimately decide the game?

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Two brilliant talents, and different types of player – they could do great things for England together.

Both are potential match winners as we have seen in the knockout stages.

Foden is now alongside De Bruyne and the in-form Mahrez as the players most likely to produce a big moment in a key match.

Guardiola is yet to win the Champions League without Lionel Messi, surely a win on Saturday would cement him as one of, if not the, greatest manager of all time?

He repeatedly says that he could not win what he has without money, which is honest but over-modest.

The way he has innovated, especially this season, and the improvement and adaptation of players like Zinchenko, Walker and Cancelo has been exceptional

Best of all time is a big call, but as Brian Clough said, he’s probably in the top one.

Finally….your score prediction for the game.

I think it will be tight to the point of painful but I’ll go 2-1 City.

Source by Football London

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