Chelsea’s counterattack masterclass was too good for an out of the ordinary 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 keeper as he half-blocked the ball with his arm outside his penalty area .
Kyle walker – 7
Decent. The surge almost created great luck for Mahrez, but this foray forward was the exception rather than the rule until the very last trade. As with City as a whole, too little, too late.
John Stones – 6
He looked nervous and was out of position for Chelsea’s game-winning goal. A spectator in the end for the second half on a night to forget.
Ruben Dias – 6
Made a few crucial blocks, but without being at fault for Chelsea’s goal was dragged out of his center bunk by Werner’s smart run
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4
Poor. Had made a critical tackle to deny Havertz early on, but his defense – which was hardly that – for Chelsea’s opener was downright weak. Mount’s pass might have been exquisite, but Zinchenko was slow to recognize the danger and even slower to chase after 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 this season, not to deploy Rodri or Fernandinho from the start. Inexplicably lucky not to be booked for a penalized jersey pullover on Foden, did not seem comfortable at any point after being warned late for a high tackle on Foden after half an hour. The contrast with Kanté could not have been more striking.
Bernardo Silva – 3
What was the plan here? An inside to the right when City were building from behind and a kind of pivot when Chelsea had the ball, Bernardo was stubbornly stuck on the sidelines in both circumstances, offering neither protection nor penetration. Finally replaced after 60 ineffective minutes.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
Squeezed the sideline as City tried to stretch Chelsea’s five-man defense, but was effectively chained by Chilwell and failed to influence proceedings. Could he have done more to get into the game? Couldn’t City have at least tried Sterling and Mahrez on opposing fanks? Considering that Guardiola finished the game with two more center-forwards than he started, it was odd that he didn’t turn his wingers. A few inches from a last minute equalizer.
Rahim Sterling – 4
Lost his battle to Reece James, but Sterling had the run twice over the Chelsea winger on goal only for a bad touch to lose the moment. Sterling’s form since the start of the year has been average at best and the case for inclusion as a starter this summer for England looks fragile.
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 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 minnow after being struck 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 season’s final act turned out to be little different with De Bruyne positioned primarily as a false nine ahead of his unfortunate untimely exit.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
On for De Bruyne injured and added a lot of energy but not a sharp edge.
Fernandinho – 6
Should have started.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Not given long enough to tell the difference.
Edouard 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 Sterling. And yet the Chelsea keeper could have expected to be busier. Incredibly, he only faced one shot on target.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 9
The seasoned 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 diligent himself. Excellent 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 with a groin problem late in the first half. A calming influence in the back, he was a more frantic figure watching from the stands.
Antonio Rudiger – 8
Seemingly 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 at close range just before the half hour mark. I didn’t always seem comfortable with the ball but I kept going.
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 early on, he grew in the game after a warning and even managed to sustain attacks as the match 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 Kanté – 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 as always. Able to join in the attacks, he even took a broad lead at close range. So quick to smash things. Exceptional.
Ben Chilwell – 9
Fought competition from Marcos Alonso for the left winger position and proved his worth by coming back to intercept a first cross from Sterling. Chilwell is however at his best offensively and has provided a crucial outlet for Chelsea throughout. Kept Mahrez remarkably calm.
Masonry frame – 8
Perhaps the first name on Chelsea’s roster 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. More wasteful, this time operating centrally in an effort to capitalize on the space behind City’s defense. Missed his kick with his first chance and found Ederson with his second. Always willing. Subbed for Pulisic.
Kai Havertz – 9
Chelsea Champions League hero. A season that was initially difficult ends in glory with his goal opening the scoring 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. Broke superbly in the second half to prepare Pulisic for what would have been Chelsea’s second.
Andreas Christensen – 8
The Danish defender had a good run for the squad earlier in the season, but stepping into a game of this magnitude must have been intimidating. Christensen was up to the challenge, settling perfectly in the heart of Chelsea’s backline. The block in the 90th minute was huge.
Christian Pulisic – 7
Brought on to add energy as Chelsea played more than ever on the counterattack with a goal lead and could well have doubled that lead. He ran into the right channel, but his attempt to dink 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 kicks off Friday 11 June – just 19 days after the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season – and runs until Sunday July 11.
The 2021/22 Premier League campaign will start on the weekend of Saturday August 14 – 34 days after the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Clubs can start planning for the new term when the top matches are released at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday June 16 but transfer activities can start in earnest before this date, with the summer transfer window opening on wednesday 9 june.
The 2021/22 championship season begins a week before the top-level one on the weekend of saturday 7 august. All Sky Bet EFL matches will be announced at 9 a.m. on Thursday June 24.