The biggest game in European club football is almost here, the Champions League final, and it will be contested by English giants Manchester City and Chelsea.
Can Pep Guardiola win his third European Cup – and first since he left Barcelona – and in the process lead City to the trophy their owners crave above all others?
Or will Thomas Tuchel enter Chelsea folklore alongside Roberto Di Matteo as the only other manager to lead the club to glory in the biggest cup competition in Europe?
Coincidentally, like Tuchel, the Italian Di Matteo was parachuted into the Stamford Bridge hot seat after owner Roman Abramovich had sacked his manager.
Regardless of who wins, both teams have assured qualification for next season’s Champions League after City finished first and Chelsea fourth in the Premier League.
When is the Champions League final?
The 2021 Champions League final will be played on Saturday, May 29.
This year’s final takes place three days after the Europa League final, which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 26.
What time is kick-off?
The game will get underway at 8pm (BST).8pm (BST
Where is it?
The Champions League final will be played at Estadio do Dragao in Porto, Portugal – home of Primeira Liga side FC Porto.
It will be the second year in a row that the decider is held in Portugal, with Estadio da Luz in Lisbon staging the 2020 final.
The Ataturk Olympic Stadium was originally set to host the 2021 final, but UEFA moved the venue to Portugal following the UK government’s decision to placeTurkeyon itsCOVID-19travel ‘red list’.
What TV channel is it on?
BT Sport have exclusive Champions League rights in the UK, so if you want to watch the game via the traditional medium of television you will need to be a subscriber.
However, since 2015, BT has also shown the final free-to-air on its YouTube channel and will do so again this year.
In the UK, the matches will also be available to watch on Virgin channel 532 and 533.
Who are the finalists?
After beating Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, Chelsea set up the second all-English final in three years.
Manchester City ensured they progressed to their first-ever European Cup final after they defeated Paris Saint-Germain.
A win for Manchester City will see Guardiola’s fantastic side do the treble – going alongside their Premier League and Carabao Cup triumphs.
Chelsea won this competition for the only time back in 2012, while their head coach Thomas Tuchel was a beaten finalist with PSG last year.
Only two years ago, when Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid.
The 2008 final was also an all-English affair, when Chelsea beat Manchester United.
Can Chelsea get their hands back on the coveted trophy?