A self-confessed admirer of Pep Guardiola, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel got the better of his mentor as the Blues kept Manchester City waiting for Champions League glory by winning the UEFA Champions League Final 1-0. The Catalan coach's 10-year-wait for another European success goes on after he got his line-up badly wrong in Saturday's 1-0 loss in Porto.
Kai Havertz's goal secured Chelsea's 1-0 victory over Manchester City in Saturday's final in Porto, somewhat repaying the £71 million price tag and shattering Pep Guardiola's dream of lifting the trophy for the third time. Havertz rounded Ederson to score three minutes before half-time at the Estadio do Dragao and the Chelsea players ran to celebrate with the German. Coach Thomas Tuchel, full of energy on the touchline just like his opposite number, punched the air in celebration, and later jumped with joy on the pitch after Chelsea held on for victory in the second half after City lost distraught skipper Kevin De Bruyne to injury.
The London club finished fourth in the Premier League, a huge 19 points behind champions City, but this, remarkably, was their third win over Guardiola's side in six weeks. They ended City's hopes of a domestic treble when they triumphed in the FA Cup semi-finals in April and delayed their title celebrations with victory in Manchester.
For Chelsea's German manager Thomas Tuchel, the triumph comes after his Paris Saint-Germain side suffered defeat in last season's final against Bayern Munich and just four months after he took over from Frank Lampard at the west London club.
Now, in a final watched by a limited crowd of just over 14,000 fans who created a raucous atmosphere, Chelsea have denied City the first Champions League crown they and Guardiola so crave.
Pep Guardiola knew exactly what the criticism would be if his big Champions League gamble didn't pay off. The Manchester City manager has been accused of repeatedly overthinking European matches in the 10 years since he last lifted the trophy with Barcelona. He had admitted in the past that his time at City will also be deemed a failure if he doesn't lead City to Champions League glory, despite already claiming three Premier League titles in four years.
Manchester City had an impressive run to the final where they won 11 of their 12 matches and showed that they definitely belong at the very highest level. But City and Guardiola have been once again left with a devastating feeling that they only have themselves to blame for coming up short in the Champions League.