Champions League Man of the Match: UEFA Champions League 2020/21 Final- Manchester City vs Chelsea

Another intriguing European competition comes to an end, with Chelsea emerging champions in Porto, with Alley Sport bringing the Champions League Man of the Match.

Champions League Man of the Match
Champions League Man of the Match. Chelsea win their 2nd Champions League title in Porto, overcoming the mighty Manchester City side. Image Credits- The Independent

Manchester City and Chelsea battled each other in an interesting all-English Champions League final, where the London Club beat their fierce rivals Manchester City 1-0, to lift their 2nd Champions League title, after their heroics in Munich in 2012. Chelsea showed their dominance in European football, after surge in their form post Frank Lampard, where their new manager Thomas Tuchel rejuvenated the side and led them to a title, which seemed unlikely at the start of the season.

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Champions League Man of the Match

Champions League Man of the Match
Champions League Man of the Match. Phil Foden and team failed to overcome the defensive masterclass by Chelsea, as the Sky Blues continue to hunt for their first European title. Image Credits- FIFA Official Website

Chelsea came into the game as underdogs, as the London club had a slight dip in form prior to the final, and also lost the FA Cup final to Leicester City a couple of weeks back. Chelsea had a strong start to the final in Porto, with Timo Werner missing a golden opportunity in the first 10 minutes of the game, as Pep Guardiola and his team were unable to match the Chelsea intensity.

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Champions League Man of the Match. New signing Kai Havertz opened the scoring for Chelsea, after dribbling past Ederson to give Chelsea the title. Image Credits- India Today

Chelsea finally went ahead, courtesy of a brilliant Mason Mount defense splitting pass, with Kai Havertz collecting the ball and scoring 1 on 1 against Ederson, a goal which sealed the title for the Blues, a massive heartbreak for Pep Guardiola who has never lost in the Champions League final before, and reached this stage for the first time in 10 years, the last being the 2011 win against Manchester United at Wembley, with his former club FC Barcelona.

It's time to give N'Golo Kanté the Ballon d'Or - We Ain't Got No History
Champions League Man of the Match. N’Golo Kante had won the Man of the Match against Real Madrid in the semis for both legs, as he again won the award in the final against Manchester City. Image Credits- We Aint Got No History

The man of the match was undoubtedly N’Golo Kante, the French midfielder, who was the engine of the Chelsea team, and the catalyst of the Chelsea’s victorious European journey. Despite being the shortest player on the pitch, N’Golo Kante won the most aerial duels in the game. Kante had the most ball recoveries on the field (10 recoveries), and did not concede a single foul in the entire game, an European final-winning worth performance.

UEFA Champions League matches will be broadcasted in India by the Sony Entertainment network, and the SONY LIV App, with the final between Chelsea and Manchester City being held on 30th March 2021, in Porto. What are your thoughts on N’Golo Kante, our Champions League Man of the Match?

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