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Key Tactics Chelsea can use to hurt Manchester City in the Champions League final



Key Tactics Chelsea can use to hurt Manchester City in the Champions League final 1 Sportelo

Chelsea  will tackle  Pep Guardiola’s side in Porto as the two Premier League outfits go head-to-head in the European decider.

It is the blues first Champions League final since they won it back in 2012. Man City meanwhile, have reached this stage of the competition for the very first time.

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The Previous meetings between both sides this season in all competitions have seen City winning the first game, but Chelsea have come out on top in the two tussles since.with the latest being a 1-0 win in the FA Cup semi-final last month

And former Arsenal man Keown thinks approaching the final with a similar plan could see them secure another positive outcome.

In his Daily Mail Column, Keown said: “Chelsea will have been working on creating a defensive shield in training for those periods where City dominate possession. With their wing-backs, they’ll create a back five, and they’ll have their two midfield sitters close by.

“Tuchel’s inside forwards – Mason Mount and one of Christian Pulisic or Hakim Ziyech – will need to be dropping deep to help their midfield. Timo Werner, whose pace is an important weapon, is then capable of leading any breakaways.

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“Chelsea would love a repeat of their FA Cup semi-final win. That victory may have been over City’s B team but the tactics worked to perfection as Werner broke at speed and set up Ziyech to score.

“The statistics say no one has managed more counter-attacks in the Champions League this season than Chelsea and they’ve got the legs to hurt City that way.

“As a former defender, I’ll be interested in seeing how Tuchel’s back three handle the challenge.”



Chelsea players celebrate ( Photo by Getty Images)

Tuchel had revealed ahead of the match that he is confident in his players and insists he has faith that his players will get the job done on Saturday.

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“I have full trust in everybody,” he said. “How bad do you want it? I felt us very concentrated, focused on the build-up with this week.

“There is confidence which is nice to have and a nice feeling to arrive within a final. We had two training sessions in London. Today is the last training to find the last details.”