It’s disheartening to hear that Manchester City has to wait for the European glory once again. But Chelsea can’t seem to keep their smiles since they clinched the Champions League title. And that too, only months after changing coaches.
It’s like the glory that was meant for the City’s team took another course. That’s how sports like soccer are. They simply don’t turn out the way they are supposed to. No one can forget the sorrowful march where various team players were on the verge of tears.
But as they say, no one can change reality. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the team of the moment, i.e., Chelsea.
The team won the Champions League in the year 2012. The players made it pretty clear to win this time. Tuchel, who took over the club this January, said that everyone encouraged the players to go all out and create some dangerous counterattacks. Although both the teams lost their key players during the final match, Chelsea never fell short of the quality and constantly pressured the City players.
In reality, Chelsea had its fair share of misses. Who can forget those two glorious opportunities where Chelsea missed out on scoring. But despite missing the chance in the second half, Pullisic made history by becoming the first American to play in the Champions League final that went on becoming the winner.
It became even more evident when Chelsea exposed City’s defense with their early chances. Although they failed to capitalize, when they did, it was a winning goal.
And while this was happening, Billy Gilmour became the 32nd Scot to win the Champions League. Although he was an unused sub, no one can stop him from taking home a winners’ medal. It’s like when you win in such elite competitions, it drives standards back in the camp and eventually helps raise everyone’s games.
Despite a disappointing loss, City managed to finish as the Premier League and League Cup champions. There is no doubt that the entire season was exceptional for them. It was a tight match. They were brilliant in the second half. But they could not convert those opportunities into success. Now they will wait for their day and beat the finalists to clinch the title.
But still, many are doubting the plans of Guardiola. People are asking why they played without any defensive midfielder in such an important game. It’s like giving up the necessary security that ensures the balance.
Who does that? Some are even thinking that there will be team discussions about whether he will be part of this team again. After all, there will be reasonable doubt amongst players with whatever happened.
Tuchel faced the City three times and won every time. This gave the team’s owner a chance to embrace this historic moment from the stands. After all, his ruthless approach to managerial changes paid off.
And how? By bagging the UEFA Champions League Title. Isn’t that fantastic?
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