News : Champions League: Havertz shoots Chelsea to the title – sport
Thanks to Thomas Tuchel’s brilliant tactics and Kai Havertz’s goal, Chelsea have crowned themselves Champions League winners. The Blues disenchanted Manchester City, coached by Pep Guardiola, in an intense English final in Porto on Saturday and deservedly won 1-0 (1-0). The German international Havertz scored the most important goal of his career so far in the 42nd minute and also let his DFB teammates Timo Werner and Antonio Rüdiger cheer.
Manchester professional Ilkay Gündogan, on the other hand, will travel to Joachim Löw at the training camp. The national coach and the DFB selection watched the final in Seefeld in front of the TV in the crowded Estádio do Dragão. Like their coach, Havertz, Werner and Rüdiger celebrated their first triumph in the premier class less than two weeks before the start of the European Championship. Tuchel had lost in the final with Paris Saint-Germain against FC Bayern last year – and has now won the duel between the tactical masters.
Guardiola had five to six offensive attacks extremely high in the initial phase. Gündogan arranged the Cityzens’ game in the central midfield and was also the first protection for the defensive. The Brazilian Fernandinho, who only came in the second half of the game (64th), and the Spaniard Rodri surprisingly sat on the bench at first. Guardiola had again turned the direction of his team upside down in an enormously important game.
Tuchel animates the fans
Tuchel countered with a perfectly coordinated tactic, he let his team lurk – and relied on speed and attack-like moves. After a mistake by the City defense, Werner came to a conclusion, but failed to goalkeeper Ederson (14th), seconds later the German national player only hit the outside netting (15th). Tuchel applauded energetically on the sidelines and encouraged the fans in the stands to give more support.
The 14,110 spectators in the Drachenstadion ensured a real final atmosphere right from the start after months of Corona dreariness in the Champions League. Long before the game, English fans in sky or dark blue jerseys in the alleys of the port city were in the mood for the final, and the corona rules were not always adhered to. Strict rules applied in the arena, the fans were distributed as far as possible in the stands.
On the sidelines, Guardiola and Tuchel, who had to do without the injured defensive boss Thiago Silva from the 39th minute, called with gestures and according to their instructions on the pitch. The final duel between the friendly coaches was awaited with great anticipation – Chelsea had won the previous two competitive games in the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Kevin De Bruyne leaves the pitch in tears
In Porto, an exciting final, well worth seeing, developed between two teams with different systems at absolute eye level and with strong moves on both sides. Rüdiger cleared the penalty area just in time before Phil Foden (27th). And then Havertz came: The national player was used perfectly by Mason Mount, with a little luck put the ball past Ederson and pushed his left into the empty goal. Tuchel clenched both hands into fists in jubilation.
The Chelsea defense continued to work in a highly concentrated and efficient manner, with N’Golo Kanté playing a strong game in midfield for the Blues. And the omens for City did not improve: After an hour, Manchester’s playmaker Kevin De Bruyne had to be replaced as a result of a collision with Rüdiger, who saw a yellow card. The Belgian left the field in tears.
A little later, Tuchel changed Werner (66th), the former Dortmund Christian Pulisic came on the field. The American missed the great chance to make it 2-0 in the 73rd minute after a pass from Havertz. During this phase, Chelsea lay in wait for the possibly decisive counterattack, City initially did not get in front of the Blues goal often enough. Guardiola brought in Argentine striker Sergio Agüero, who saw his final minutes in the city jersey, for the closing stages.