Owen Hargreaves and Joe Cole disagree when predicting Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea
Manchester City and Chelsea do battle in the third-ever all-English Champions League final on Saturday in Portugal. Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves have given their predictions to Joe’s All To Play For Podcast – but while both have guessed a 2-1 result, they have gone for opposing winners.
In what is City’s first-ever Champions League final, Pep Guardiola’s Premier League winners will be favourites. However, Chelsea have made their mark against City – beating them in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and then doing so again in the league, although it was a much-changed City side.
City will be expected to dominate possession and look to break the sturdy backline of Chelsea down. Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez will be desperately looking to find a way past Thiago Silva and his defensive teammates – before hitting City on the counter attack through Timo Werner.
Asked for their predictions, ex-Chelsea winger Cole gave a differing opinion to Hargreaves – who played for City once after four seasons with Manchester United. Both reckon the game will end 2-1, but Cole has backed a Chelsea win and vice versa – given incredibly accurate scenarios.
Cole said: “I’m going, last moments of extra-time, Chelsea on the break. Man City have dominated possession, Timo Werner sticks it in. 2-1 Chelsea,” before Hargreaves followed: “These games are a lot tighter – they are always cagey. When it gets late to the game, people just want to get to pens. For City, it feels like fate for them. It feels like destiny. Pep hasn’t won one of these for a long time, he won’t tinker with it this time around. You can guarantee his team. I think City, 2-1. Phil and Riyad, Havertz scores a beauty.”
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