Experts have say on Champions League final

May 28, 2021

Samuel Eto’o (former Cameroonian great): “For some, Manchester City are the strong favourites to lift the trophy, but in my opinion when it comes to a final, there is no such thing as favourites. It is just one game, so anything is possible.”

Joe Cole (former Chelsea player): ‘I’m going to go with 1-1 at full-time, And I’m going last moments of extra time, Chelsea on the break, Manchester City have dominated possession, Timo Werner goes and sticks it in. 2-1 Chelsea in extra time.”

Owen Hargreaves (former Man United and Bayern): “I think it feels like fate for City. It feels like their destiny. As good as Pep is and he hasn’t won one of these for a long time, he will want to mark this occasion. I don’t think he’ll tinker with it this time around. With the defence he has and the goalkeeper I think you can pretty much guarantee who is going to play.”

Glenn Hoddle (former England player and coach): “Chelsea are a very good side when they go 1-0 up. The first goal has never been more important than it will be in the Champions League final. Chelsea have problems when they go behind. If Chelsea go ahead they can win this game.”

Mark Lawrenson (TV pundit): “I’m going with City to win it, and win it in 90 minutes. Chelsea haven’t faced City’s big hitters yet, but they have already played a couple of different ways to beat Guardiola’s side in the past few weeks. Yes, Tuchel got it absolutely right tactically each time but there won’t be a surprise element to how he lines up his team this time. He has showed Pep his Plan A and his Plan B, and I am not sure there is a Plan C.”

Noel Gallagher (Oasis band legend): “In any one-off game, it doesn’t always matter who the better team is. A red card or a penalty can decide it. But I look at it this way – City at our best beats Chelsea at their best, nine times out of 10. The 10th one goes to extra-time and penalties, and we lose.”

Michael Owen (former Ballon d’Or winner): “With the league sewn up a couple of weeks ago, City have had ample time to prepare for this. That can only be of benefit to Pep Guardiola, and given Chelsea’s recent dip in form, it’s hard to make a case against City lifting their first Champions League trophy.”

Gary Lemke (former EPL Superbru global champion): “I’ve been a Chelsea fan since I was six and the 2000s have been the best of times. They’ve given us great hope under Tuchel but this might be a bridge too far. They ended the season with a whimper not a bang and I’m worried about their impotency in front of goal. I’m going for City to be too rested for this game, and it’s probably written in the stars for them. 2-1.”

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