Manchester City vs Chelsea preview: who are City's danger men?
By Ric Turner, Tue 25 May 2021 16:35
Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden all potential match winners for the Blues
Manchester City qualified for this year's Champions League final for the first time in their history, following a 4-1 aggregate victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.
After the game, manager Pep Guardiola hailed his players, and said: "People believe it's easy to arrive in the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years."
Ahead of Saturday's showdown with Chelsea at the Estádio do Dragão, we've identified three potential match winners for the Blues:
Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian international is widely regarded as one of the best midfield players in the world at present. He has been an integral part of City's squad since joining from Wolfsburg for £54m in 2015, and recently signed a new five-year deal at The Etihad. Blessed with outstanding vision and an eye for goal, De Bruyne has the potential to win a game almost single-handedly, and Chelsea will need to keep him quiet in they are to stop Guardiola's side from lifting their first Champions League trophy.
Mahrez was City's watch winner in the semi-finals against PSG, with the 30 year-old winger scoring three of the Blues' goals in a 4-1 aggregate win. Born in Paris himself, he thrived against his hometown club and is a certain starter on Saturday evening. He endured a difficult first season in Manchester following a £60m move from Leicester City in 2018, but has now established himself as one of Guardiola's most potent attackers. With mazy dribbling skills and an exceptional first touch, he will pose a constat menace down the right hand side against Thomas Tuchel's side.
Foden is a lifelong Manchester City supporter, and has been at the club since the age of four. He made his first team debut on 21 November 2017 in a Champions League game against Feyenoord, coming on in the 75th minute for Yaya Touré, and is the shining light of the club's academy. Whilst many pundits were calling from the prodigious youngster to go out on loan earlier in his City career, Pep Guardiola has nurtured his development gradually and has been fully vindicated. Dutch legend Ruud Gullit recently lavished praise on the 20 year-old, dayingg: "City have given Foden his chance and he has shown he is unbelievable, that he is in the same category as Lionel Messi."
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