Manchester City and Chelsea covered themselves in glory in the semifinals of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League and have set a date of May 29 for an all-Premier League UCL final.
The Citizens and the Blues progressed after beating Paris Saint-Germain 4:1 on aggregate and Real Madrid 3:1 on aggregate respectively in an impressive fashion.
The two Premier clubs were dominant against their rivals and if the first leg result was considered a one-off, the second leg results confirmed their superiority over their opponents.
Did anyone really see an all-English UCL final some months back? And more so with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea leading the charge?
It can be recalled that Pep Guardiola’s men struggled at the start of the season before they got their acts right and started garnering the necessary points and victories.
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Chelsea, on the other hand, looked like a club that had wasted a fortune in the summer transfer to sign new players who weren’t good enough under Frank Lampard.
The club legend as a Blues’ player was sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel and the Blues have been a revelation since the appointment of the German tactician. He has taken the Blues to two finals already.
They’ll play against Leicester City in the FA Cup final and face Manchester City in the UCL final. They can land a double this season if they know what they are about.
Meanwhile, Man City have already won the Carabao Cup and will have eyes on the final that has eluded Pep Guardiola since he became City manager.
The Citizens will also be confirmed as Premier League champions if they beat Chelsea at the Etihad this weekend. The game can be considered as a dress rehearsal for the UCL final as both sides have all to play for.
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Chelsea are still in a fierce race to finish in the top our while the Citizens will want to quickly confirm their status as the 2020/21 Premier League Champions.
This will allow them to avoid injuries by resting key players in the remaining games ahead of the UCL final, a luxury that Chelsea cannot afford presently.
Regardless, we have an all-English UCL final for the 2020/21 season, and this a big positive for Premier League football.
The supposed decline in English football has been halted by this feat and we look forward to a cracking final between two sides that are desperate to win the UCL.
Chelsea have won it once whilst Manchester City have never won it. This is their first UEFA Champions League final as a club and we wait to see if they can triumph in their first UCL final ever.