Chelsea won the 2021 UEFA Champions League title on Saturday, beating fellow English club Manchester City in the final, 1-0. The Blues got a goal in the first half from Kai Havertz, and City couldn’t respond as superstar Kevin De Bruyne left in the second half due to injury. The Blues controlled the match from the beginning and used their swarming, organized defense to hold City’s attack at bay for the majority of the match as Pep Guardiola’s men rarely looked like a threat going forward.
Guardiola brought on Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, but the tinkering with his starting XI did not work out as his surprise inclusion of Raheem Sterling resulted in very little as the Londoners claimed their second ever UCL crown. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic made history as the first USMNT player to appear in the Champions League final, though he was unable to convert on a goal-scoring chance off the bench.