Manchester City will play against Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final this season.

UEFA Ranking: 3
European Cup best: final (2021)
Last season: quarter-finals (L vs Lyon)

This season
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 Monchengladbach
Group C: Winners

Why they can win it:
This season, England’s champions-elect have the bit between their teeth in Europe. Their attacking prowess is well-known, but they’ve also improved their defensive solidity, conceding only four goals in their first 12 games.

Key player:
Despite the fact that City has an embarrassment of riches, De Bruyne remains the team’s creator-in-chief. His beauty, vision, and immaculate passing range, not to mention his driving runs and incredible finishing, make him one of the most entertaining players in the world to watch.

Who’s in charge?
Guardiola has won eight league titles in 11 seasons as a first-team player, but the last of his two managerial UEFA Champions League winners’ medals came in 2011. Now he wants to become just the sixth coach in history to win the European Cup with two different clubs.
Man. City reporter Matthew Howarth

UEFA ranking: 12
European Cup best: winners (2012)
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Bayern)

This season
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 atletico
Group E: Winners

Why they can win it:
Chelsea are beginning to gel under German coach Thomas Tuchel, having only been beaten twice since he took over. Chelsea has little to fear – and no one to fear – if the front players can maintain their recent success. When they won this trophy in 2012, they changed managers in the middle of the season, so who’s to say that won’t happen again?

Key player:
N’Golo Kanté is now 30 years old, but his power is still growing. Simply put, he wins titles, and his engine is amazing. The midfielder covers every blade of grass, disrupts the opposition – just ask Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos – and seldom wastes the ball. It’s no wonder his trophy cabinet is bulging.

Who’s in charge?
Tuchel has been a revelation since his January appointment as the first man to lead two separate clubs to consecutive UEFA Champions League finals. He won back-to-back titles with Paris and reached the final last season, after previous success with Dortmund in Germany.

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