Who will be kings of Europe?

On your Screen 28 May 2021

It’s time for the world’s biggest club football game, as SuperSport viewers on DStv gear themselves for the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 29 May 2021, as Manchester City face Chelsea at Estadio Do Dragao in Porto.

Who will be kings of Europe?

It’s time for the world’s biggest club football game, as SuperSport viewers on DStv gear themselves for the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 29 May 2021, as Manchester City face Chelsea at Estadio Do Dragao in Porto.

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This will be the third all-English final in UEFA Champions League history, following in the footsteps of the Manchester United v Chelsea (won by the Red Devils on penalties after a 1-1 draw) and Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (won 2-0 by the Reds) matches in 2007-08 and 2018-19 respectively.

Chelsea have won the Champions League once before, famously defeating Bayern Munich on penalties in the German club’s own stadium in the 2011-12 final – a match in which African football legend Didier Drogba wrote his name into history – while City are appearing in their first final.

“We fought together and we're in the final of the UEFA Champions League and those are nice words,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. “People believe it’s easy to get to the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said, "I'm very, very happy that we've achieved this [reaching the final]. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football. To have this passion as a profession, I'm more than grateful – and to do it on this level, to coach a team like this and to reach the final for a second time, I'm very thankful."

“The players just want to win and that's the same in every game, even if sometimes it's not possible. The key thing is to give it our all, 100 percent. That often reaps its rewards and if it doesn't you have to be patient,” said Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane. “All I can promise you is that we're going to compete, from minute one to minute 90. Our focus is on this game and finishing the season strongly.”

The second key game in the title race sees Atletico Madrid (who are leading the log and will seal the title with a win) head to Estadio Municipal Jose Zorilla to take on a Real Valladolid side fighting for their lives in the relegation zone. “We will keep working and believing right to the final minute of the final game of the season,” said Rojiblancos boss Diego Simeone. “All we can do is control our own results and be sure that we end the season with pride in ourselves and our efforts.”

Barcelona would have been hoping to be in the title frame, but a recent dip in form means they are now hoping to merely defend third place from Sevilla. The Blaugrana end the season away to already-relegated Eibar, while Los Nervionenses are at home to Deportivo Alaves (who have only just secured survival).

The final two relegation spots – to decide who joins Eibar in dropping to the second tier for next season – will be the key focus for Real Valladolid (in their match against Atletico), Elche in hosting Athletic Bilbao and Huesca, who are just above the red zone, for a home game with Valencia.

Battles to Watch

Pep Guardiola v Thomas Tuchel – Chelsea’s German manager has gotten the better of Guardiola on two successive occasions in recent weeks, though that was not against City’s best XI. Expect a tactical chess game between these two masterminds of the ‘beautiful game’.

Oleksandr Zinchenko v Hakim Ziyech – Chelsea’s Moroccan winger has scored in his last two games against City, but he’ll need to be at his best to overwhelm makeshift left-back Zinchenko, who has done a brilliant job in providing defensive ballast and linking with his midfield.

Kevin De Bruyne v Mason Mount – These two midfield maestros will look to dictate terms in the middle of the park. De Bruyne holds the edge in terms of experience and outright ability, but Mount is a hungry young player eager to prove himself worthy of the lavish praise he has received this season.

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UEFA Champions League final broadcast details

All times CAT

Saturday 29 May

21:00: Manchester City v Chelsea – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Premier League and SuperSport Maximo 1

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