Chelsea’s counterattack masterclass was too good for poor Manchester City in Porto as Kai Havertz’s 42nd-minute goal won the Champions League for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Here are the player ratings …
Ederson – 6
Havertz’s goal couldn’t be blamed, but the incident could very well have ended in a red card for the city goalkeeper given he half-blocked the ball with his arm outside his surface to repair.
Kyle walker – 7
Decent. The meteoric run almost created a big chance for Mahrez at the start, but this foray forward was the exception rather than the rule until the final trade. As with City as a whole, too little, too late.
John Stones – 6
He looked nervous and was poorly placed for Chelsea’s winning goal. A spectator overall for the second half on a night to forget.
Ruben Dias – 6
Made a few crucial blocks, but flawlessly, Chelsea’s goal was dragged out of its central spot by Werner’s smart run.
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4
Poor. Made a critical tackle to deny Havertz from the start, but his defense – which was barely that – for the Chelsea winner was downright weak. Mount’s pass might have been exquisite, but Zinchenko was slow to recognize the danger and even slower in pursuit of Havertz as the Chelsea forward went on goal.
Ilkay Gundogan – 4
Deployed at the base of the City midfielder as Pep Guardiola chose, for only the second time in the season, not to deploy Rodri or Fernandinho from the start. Inexplicably lucky not to be booked for a penalized shirt-pulling on Foden, did not appear comfortable at any stage after being warned late for a high tackle on Foden after half an hour. The contrast with Kante could not have been more striking.
Bernardo Silva – 3
What was the plan here? An inside-right when City built from behind and a pivot of sorts when Chelsea had the ball, Bernardo was stubbornly stuck on the fringes in both circumstances, offering neither protection nor penetration. Finally replaced after 60 ineffective minutes as Guardiola effectively admitted his critical selection error.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
Squeezed the sideline as City tried to stretch Chelsea’s defense to five, but was effectively chained by Chilwell and failed to sway proceedings. Could he have done more to get into the game? Couldn’t City have at least tried Sterling and Mahrez on the opposing flanks? Considering that Guardiola finished the game with two more center-forwards than he started, it was odd that he didn’t rotate his wingers.
Raheem Sterling – 4
He lost his battle against the impressive Reece James, but it could have been different: Sterling twice managed the run against the Chelsea winger on goal only for one bad touch to lose the moment. Sterling’s shape since the start of the year has been middling at best and the case for inclusion as a starter this summer for England looks tenuous if not sunk.
Phil Foden – 5
Disappointing. Denied by an exceptional tackle from Rudiger in the first half, but that was about it for meaningful moments. Did the selection of the Guardiola team help? It was only in the final 15 minutes that Foden went to the left, from where he has generally been the most influential this season.
Kevin de Bruyne – 6
A sad and painful end to another sumptuous season. Left the field in tears and a brutal shine after being axed by Rudiger. In truth, De Bruyne hadn’t been at his best before, but a lingering curiosity this season has been that the Premier League’s most effective midfielder has so rarely played in midfield. The final act of the season turned out to be little different with De Bruyne positioned primarily as a false nine ahead of his ill-fated early exit.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
On for the injured De Bruyne and added a lot of energy but not a sharp edge.
Fernandinho – 6
Should have started.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Not long enough to make a difference.
Edward Mendy – 7
Recovered from his fear of injury to take his starting place in goal, Mendy was never able to relax, stifling an early opportunity from the pound sterling. And yet the Chelsea goalkeeper could have expected to be busier. Incredibly, he only faced one shot on target.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 9
The experienced defender was always likely to be a key part of Tuchel’s squad, it just remained to be seen what role he would occupy. Azpilicueta found himself in the middle of a three-way defense and was his diligent self. Brilliant clearance in the middle of the second half.
Thiago Silva – 7
Making consecutive appearances in the Champions League final with various clubs, his night ended early due to a groin problem resumed at the end of the first half. A calming influence in the back, it was a more frantic character watching from the stands.
Antonio Rudiger – 8
Apparently surplus to needs at the start of the season, Rudiger is now a key man. Never more than when producing a fantastic block to prevent Foden from finding the net up close just before the half hour mark.
Reece James – 8
The youngster has been used in a number of different positions lately, but he was a full back here, a tough job against Sterling and the others. Tested very early on, it became the game after a warning and even managed to sustain attacks as the game progressed. The night of his life.
Jorginho – 8
Midfielder duties fell to the Chelsea passing master, an unenviable task when overwhelmed by City’s attacking midfielders. Jorginho was up to the task, his expert touch allowing his team to keep the ball just enough and play out of the opposing press.
N’Golo Kante – 9
Seeking to add a Champions League win to his collection, Kante showed no sign of the injury that hampered his preparations for this game, full of energy like never before. Able to join in the attacks, he even headed at point blank range. So quick to break things. Exceptional.
Ben Chilwell – 9
He fought competition from Marcos Alonso for the left-back position and proved his worth by coming back to intercept a cross from Sterling early. Chilwell is at his best offensively, however, and has provided a crucial outlet for Chelsea throughout. Garda Mahrez remarkably calm.
Mason frame – 8
Perhaps the first name on Chelsea’s scoresheet for the greatest game of his life, Mount was the catalyst for the decisive first-half moment. It was his penetrating pass that found Havertz for the opening goal.
Timo Werner – 7
Werner continues to have so many chances, but that ball just won’t go into the net. Wasteful again, this time operating centrally to capitalize on the space behind the city’s defense. He missed his kick with his first chance and found Ederson with his second. Always ready. Subbed for Pulisic.
Kai Havertz – 9
Chelsea Champions League hero. A season that brought difficulties at the start ends in glory with the winner in Porto. Havertz has been impressive throughout, preparing Werner for the game’s first chance. He started from the right but caused trouble everywhere by wandering inside. Broken superbly in the second half to prepare Pulisic for what would have been Chelsea’s second.
Andreas Christensen – 8 years old
The Danish defender had a strong run for the squad earlier in the season, but stepping into a game of this magnitude must still have been intimidating. Christensen rose to the challenge, settling perfectly in the heart of Chelsea’s backline. The block in the 90th minute was huge.
Christian Pulisic – 7
It added energy as Chelsea played on the counterattack more than ever with a goal lead and could well have doubled that lead. He crossed the right channel, but his attempt to pass the ball over Ederson saw him pull the shot away from the far post.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
A conservative move from Tuchel as he pulled Mount out in favor of the most defensive player, opting for a three-man midfielder for the final 10 minutes.
And after? Euros, transfer window, key dates 2021/22
Euro 2020 starts Friday June 11 – only 19 days after the conclusion of the 2020/21 Premier League season – and continues until Sunday July 11.
The 2021/22 Premier League campaign kicks off on the weekend of Saturday August 14 – 34 days after this Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Clubs can start planning for the new term when top-level matches are released at 9 a.m. on Wednesday June 16 but transfer activities can start in earnest before this date, with the opening of the summer transfer window Wednesday June 9.
The 2021/22 championship season begins a week before the top flight on the weekend of Saturday August 7. All Sky Bet EFL matches will be announced at 9 a.m. on Thursday June 24.