Manchester City vs Chelsea| the Champions League final preview

Manchester City vs Chelsea| Champions League final preview

Where to watch the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as starting lineups and expert predictions.

4-2 victory over Manchester United

Chelsea must soon recover from the high of a spectacular 4-2 victory over Manchester United that earned our third consecutive league title, but life, fast, and all that. Fortunately, the next opponents are Manchester City, the team that stood in the way of yet another domestic treble.

Chelsea 3-1 in the League Cup final

In early March, City overcame Chelsea 3-1 in the League Cup final. Chelsea rarely needs an invitation to bring out our best, but when pressed, as we were against United, we answer emphatically. City’s win is bittersweet because the (proper shade of) Blues were dealing with an injury crisis and fielded a rare 4-4-2 to deal with City’s wide players.

The (proper shade of) Blues scored early, but City responded with three unanswered goals in the second half. Chelsea is in much better shape this time around, both physically and tactically. Emma Hayes has used successful and occasionally dominant 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 formations, as well as two four-back versions, over the last month or so.

Let’s show the other half of Manchester what a determined Chelsea and in-form Sam Kerr are capable of:

Sunday, May 15, 2022, 14.30 BST; 9:30 a.m. EDT; 7:00 p.m. IST

Wembley Stadium is located in London, England.

Kirsty Dowle, referee

Lightly cloudy; 21°C/70°F forecast

On TV: BBC One in the UK; none in the US; elsewhere

BBC iPlayer (UK); ESPN+ (USA); Star+ (Brazil); other streaming services

I know, I’m in the same boat. Don’t get too excited about Kirby starting and making an effect; we don’t want to push her too hard, too soon. Hayes has also noted that Kirby appears to be doing that thing where she returns from a long absence and is instantly back in the form of her life.

Chelsea team news: I’m about to make your day scientifically 9014.8 percent better if you haven’t already heard. Fran Kirby will be eligible for selection, according to head coach Emma Hayes, speaking to the media ahead of the final.

[Insert traditional celebration pause here]

“She looked like she hadn’t even been gone in training, she looked that amazing.” It was good to see her smiling, and she seemed to be enjoying herself. To be honest, I’m overjoyed because she’s been in training all week.”

-Source: Chelsea FC; Emma Hayes

Jonna Andersson, Drew Spence, and Ji So-Yun will be playing their final Chelsea match. The latter came in after halftime against United and was crucial in setting up Guro Reiten’s game-winning goal, and will undoubtedly have similar opportunities versus City, as I doubt Emma will field a final XI without her.

90 minutes in City’s last five matches

Manchester City team information: The return of Chloe Kelly has been equally crucial for Manchester City. The winger has started three games and played the full 90 minutes in City’s last five matches across all competitions. Kelly had one goal and three assists in that period, which is reminiscent of her incredible debut season with City in 2020-21 when she had double-digit goals and assists.

Fortunately for us, Gareth Taylor still doesn’t know who his greatest striker is, despite Bunny Shaw’s league per90 goals (1.02/.30) and anticipated goals (.77/.41) figures being twice those of Ellen White (in 426 fewer minutes). Though Shaw has started their last three games and scored five points in each, don’t be surprised if he starts the final with Ellen White.

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