The position of the center forward is devalued in the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea

The position of the center forward is devalued in the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea

The 2020/21 Champions League Grand Final will be starred by Manchester City Y Chelsea, Premier League clubs, and due to the quality of players in both squads, fans can expect a spectacular duel, although they should also be prepared for a final with devalued forward centers.

Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus, both forwards of the City, have had little participation in the knockout phase of the ‘Orejona’ like the attacker of the Chelsea Olivier Giroud, who in the most important games of the Champions League has not had the confidence of the coach Thomas tuchel, who has given Timo Werner several opportunities, but the German has not responded with the goals that the fans expect.

However, one of the main responsible for the definitive meeting for the title of the Champions League next Saturday is a duel with the forwards occupying a secondary role is Pep Guardiola, technician of the City.

And it is that the Catalan reached his first final of Champions League in front of the Manchester City, using his idea of ​​the ‘false 9’, a strategy he employed during his brilliant time with Barcelona.

From the second leg against him Borussia Mönchengladbach for the Eighth Finals of this edition of UCL, Guardiola chose not to place Jesus or Omen, both center forwards, in his starting scheme and preferred to use his system with Kevin De Bruyne or Bernardo Silva playing the offensive role.

The first time that Pep used this system was in 2009 with Lionel Messi as the protagonist. According to Xavi Hernandez In the documentary ‘Take the Ball, Pass the Ball’, Guardiola spoke with the group prior to a match against Real Madrid and explained that against the Merengues he would try a new way of playing.

“Guardiola changed the system and told Henry already Eto’o that they will play between lateral and central. Analyzing the movements of the centrals of the Real Madrid, Pep he had realized that they never came out to pressure the number nine of any team. The numerical superiority we did with the ‘false 9’, which Messi came to join the middle. We were always one more to have the ball and we had numerical superiority throughout the game, “said Xavi.

Guardiola He recovered his idea of ​​the ‘false 9’ in charge of City and now seeks to sign a historic campaign as he did with Barcelona in 2009. However, the forwards of the City Y Chelsea hope to have a chance to play the Grand Final of the Champions League and it is for that reason that ESPN Digital shows you the numbers of the rams in the current edition of the Champions League.


After 10 years in the institution, the ‘Kun’ will say goodbye to the Manchester City after the end of the UCL. The Argentine is leaving Manchester as the club’s historical top scorer and the footballer who has won the most titles with the jersey of the City.

However, of the 25 goals that the ‘Citizens’ have scored in the current Champions League, Omenwho would play with him Barcelona The next season he only participated in two touchdowns and highlights the fact that he has not scored a single goal since December at this European tournament.

Regarding the minutes and matches played, Sergio records 133 minutes in six matches played and in the knockout phase, the ‘Kun‘He was not a starter in any commitment and only added 30 minutes. But the Argentine could be a starter on Saturday taking into account that it is his last commitment to him. Manchester.


The forward of the Brazil’s selection has not been able to be a key part of the City in the most decisive phase of the Champions. The ram has been regular in the Premier league, but in the maximum competition of the UEFA it has been little used by Guardiola.

Like Omen, Gabriel only participated in two of the 25 goals of the Champions League and his last score was on February 24 in the first leg of the round of 16 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

In the current campaign of the Champions, Gabriel Jesus has 237 minutes spread over six games. In the decisive phase of the competition, the Brazilian had no activity in three of the six elimination duels and has only 119 minutes.


The World Champion with the French National Team in Russia 2018 and that was summoned by Didier deschamps for the next Eurocup, has received many minutes from Thomas tuchel on the Champions League.

Although the 34-year-old attacker is not the first choice of Thomas, the Frenchman has more goals than Sergio Aguero Y Gabriel Jesus, for example. Olivier boasts of six annotations in this edition of the ‘Orejona’ and highlights his ‘poker’ in the duel against Sevilla. However, it is important to note that the French have not scored since February.

Regarding matches and minutes played, Giroud has eight commitments and 254 minutes, the majority played before the arrival of Tuchel to the bench. With the German strategist, Olivier records 114 minutes, all in the knockout phase of the competition, and stands out that in the last three games of the Chelsea on the Champions, the Frenchman played a total of two minutes.


The German battering ram was the henchman of Frank Lampard and so has Thomas tuchelHowever, the former player of the Leipzig has fewer goals than Olivier giroud in the current campaign of the Champions League.

Of the 22 goals of Chelsea on UCL, Werner He has participated in six goals with four goals scored and two assists, but highlights the fact that he had a seven-game streak without moving the nets, which broke his drought in the return match for the semifinal against him Real Madrid.

Of the 12 games that the Chelsea on the Champions League, Scam only has not played a game and adds more minutes (750 minutes) than Sergio Agüero, Olivier Giroud and Gabriel Jesús, who between the three add up to 624 minutes.

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