The Champions League final, which will take place on 29 May at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal, is the main football event of the year in Europe as usual. Yes, probably all over the world. A kind of icing on the cake crowning the season. Just after the national championship concludes.
This time, England will have two teams face-to-face in the deciding match: Chelsea of London and Manchester City from the city of the same name. In addition, an English Premier League team will also be included in the finals of the second most important club tournament in Europe. And the most interesting thing is that it is also from Manchester itself. According to the media, the city’s enemy is Manchester United.
For decades, citizens (as the city is called) have been on the sidelines, and United fans have been gracious to their opponents. And there were not so many in the city. But 13 years later a group of Arab billionaires acquired Mancity, the situation began to change.
In the beginning, the “residents of the city” gradually finished first in the national championship and outpaced their opponents there. And then, of course, under the Arabs ‘infusion, the Arab bosses’ appetite began to grow, with the team’s cast becoming one of the strongest in the world, inviting coach Pep Guardiola, who won everything with Barcelona. And now the owners want to take Europe’s main trophy. It is interesting that both resulting club trophies, for both Champions League and Europa League, can be registered for the following year in the same city – Manchester.
On the other hand, Chelsea is owned by Russian aristocrat Abramovich. But he acquired the team a long time ago, he also sold a share of the shares, and his team had already taken the main trophy. But then who would refuse to do so? Furthermore, ahead of the “elite” (as the London club is called) on the bridge of coaches is an aspiring expert, the German Thomas Tuchel, who also dreams of European success. Last season, his former club Paris Saint-Germain reached the final, but lost to Bayern Munich (0–1). And here is another attempt.
Another curious moment. For the third consecutive year, German coaches participated in the main game of the season. It is undoubtedly the best coaching school in the world at the moment. Judge for yourself. In 2019, the Champions League was won by Liverpool, whose patron is German Jürgen Klopp. Last season, two Germans were face to face in the finals. “Bayern” was led by local expert Hans-Dieter Flick, and PSG was led by the aforementioned Tuchel. And here again the German in the finals. And while mancity is considered a favorite, you can’t avoid the statistics. In recent years, the Champions League has been won by teams led by German coaches.
Well, for the city where the final will take place, Porto was chosen instead of Istanbul, as strict sanctions rule extended to Turkey on 17 May. And Portugal falls in the category of “Green” countries, and six thousand supporters of each English team will be able to go to Porto. Ultimately, having such a game with the audience was one of the main wishes and conditions of UEFA. In addition, Europe is slowly returning to normal life. And in football, in the Spanish and English championships, they can already play. The FA Cup final at Wembley has already passed with him.
So UK fans will be able to make it to the finals and the excitement has increased. According to daily Mail, Tickets from London and Manchester to Portugal have already been sold out by fans of the teams, despite the sharp increase in prices!
In general, every football player dreams of playing in the final of the Champions League! And most importantly, it is great that the game has fans. After all, football is dead without them!