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Porto hosts all-English UEFA Champions League final

By Chris Dinsdale

May 29, 2021 - The UEFA Champions League final takes place between English Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea, at the Estádio do Dragão, in Porto, Portugal.

The 2020-21 UEFA Champions League is the 29th season of Europe’s primary club football tournament.

Manchester City, recently crowned English Premier League champions, are in their very first Champions League final, having previously made the semi-finals in 2016. Coached by two-time champion Pep Guardiola, City beat Monchengladbach, Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in the knock-out stages to reach the final in Porto.

Chelsea are playing in their third final, aiming to hoist their second European Cup after beating Bayern Munich in 2012. Thomas Tuchel, who took over as coach in January only months after guiding PSG to the 2020 final, guided the Blues to wins over heavyweights Atletico Madrid, Porto and Real Madrid in the knock-out stages to reach the showpiece final.

The UEFA Champions League is contested by the highest ranked teams of the strongest UEFA national associations. It is the top club competition in European football and one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world. The Champions League final is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide.

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PUBLISHED: 27/05/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press, Getty Images
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