In ESPN Digital we list the three key pieces to follow from both the Blues and the Citizens in the great game that defines the new European champion
The end of the UEFA champions league between Manchester City and Chelsea promises emotions. It will be an intelligent tactical duel and there are elements in both teams that stand out for the good time they are going through, that their experience and talent will be the differentiating factor for the benefit of their team.
Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian midfielder is the generator of the team he directs Pep Guardiola. Its incursion zone is like a hitch or half point and is usually loaded on the left side to discharge towards the center to its natural profile.
At 29, this season he has been directly involved in seven goals during his seven games in this season. Champions (three goals and four assists). With one more goal pass, he would equal Thomas muller (19) with the most assists among players in the five major leagues in Europe.
In addition, he is the leader of his team in all statistics, since between goals and assists he has 28, he has 110 opportunities created, more than any of his teammates, he has 51 completed centers and 106 shots on goal.
Guardiola does not establish in a fixed position De Bruyne, although the last match he started, in the first leg semifinal against PSG, started positioned as a center forward, however, he stuck to his figure of the ‘false 9’ to put the Belgian between the lines and let Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden, both from the sides, pull the marks by positioning themselves as wingers.
The German player’s season is superlative in all respects. In moments of important absences, the 30-year-old player who works as a midfielder, carried the team and that led him to be an immovable piece of the scheme of Guardiola.
Gundogan he played 11 games as a starter and averaged 81 minutes per game. He made three goals and gave an assist. Guardiola use it as a middle left or center. Hence his influence with 92 percent of completions per game and at least one key per game.
In defense, the Bavarian has good numbers, at least he wins possession in a duel per game and intercepts a ball per game despite not being a natural containment, due to his good reading of the game is vital in the XI of the City.
The 24-year-old Portuguese was key in the Citizens center. His good aerial game, physical strength and good technique make him one of the most complete defenders of today.
Due to the playing style of Guardiola, the Lusitanian plays very forward, almost glued to the midfield and to the left. His great game reading leads him to have a 95 percent pass effectiveness and 92 percent pass effectiveness in the opposite field. He makes about 1.3 innings per game and has the same number of interceptions.
His level rose as the year progressed and showed that the more than $ 70 million they paid Benfica for his services were worth it, since he was the undisputed starter in all competitions and was designated the MVP of English football in the campaign that just ended.
His seven lungs are a myth, but they seem like reality when he runs on the field. The French midfielder is the soul of the team and his good vibes are combined with his sacrifice and what a good ball retriever he is.
Kanté is the in-person demonstration of the intensity required by a team of Thomas tuchel. In this Champions League, has been the soccer player of Chelsea who covered the most meters per 90 minutes, and is also the second player in the entire tournament in terms of recoveries for 90 minutes after Real Madrid’s Casemiro.
He has 9.17 recoveries, being the best in this area of his team, and covers 11.8 kilometers per game. In addition, he is the second best recuperator of the Londoners with 3.1 individual duels won. Located as contention on the right, its area of influence is not only limited in its own court, but also the high pressure it does helps to recover balls in rival territory and knows how to associate correctly.
The 22-year-old English midfielder earned himself a place as an immovable player for Tuchel this tournament. Playing, mainly as an inside midfielder, on either side, he has a good associative game that projects him in a good way in the second line of attack.
What’s more, Mount he learned to control his nerves and despair in hand-to-hand. He got a good temper in the face of difficult situations and that led him to increase his football level.
He knows how to play alone or in company on inside lanes, as well as sticking to the sideline to reach the baseline or cut inside. His good punch from outside the box can be a useful resource in the final.
He is the voice of experience for a team that underwent many changes in a single season. Like Gundogan’s City, is the only one with experience in the field of a final of UEFA champions league. The Brazilian was in the title fight last season with him PSG, although he lost the battle against Bayern Munich.
With 36 years he came to give order to a defense that suffered a lot and that was the main disadvantage of the Blues. Although it was difficult for him at the beginning of the campaign to adapt to the Frank Lampard, since the arrival of Tuchel had an increase in the level of his game and became the pillar of the defense.
He is almost impossible to pass in heads-up play, barely being beaten 0.4 times per game and having close to one clean interception per game. He wins 3.1 duels he has and through the air is lethal on defense and offense.