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Champions League winner: City favs but Chelsea confident

Manchester City are 9/5 favourites in bwin’s Champions League winner predictions, with Chelsea quoted as 33/20 underdogs to prevail in Istanbul on May 29.

The Citizens are 20/23 to oblige in normal time at Ataturk Stadium, with their opponents 3/1 to achieve that feat and it is 5/2 for extra-time to be needed.

City advanced to the final of Europe’s elite club competition by beating PSG 4-1 on aggregate, following a 2-0 second-leg triumph in England.

Riyad Mahrez struck in each half at Etihad Stadium and another triumph in Turkey would represent the culmination of a long journey for the club since their takeover by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

Manager Pep Guardiola said: “We beat a team that knocked out Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“We struggled early on but were much better in the second half. It was an incredible, huge victory for us.

“What the players have done this season is incredible in the toughest year for everyone.”

City have now claimed six straight victories during the knockout stages, with another strong defensive display helping to see off PSG.

Mahrez told BT Sport: “When you play in a semi in the Champions League you have to be solid, everyone has to contribute defensively.

“We were very solid. We didn’t concede much and that’s why we’re in the final.”

Chelsea won’t lack self-belief

Chelsea also enjoyed a 2-0 second-leg win in the semis, which put them 3-1 ahead of 13-time champions Real Madrid over two matches.

Timo Werner and Mason Mount were on target at Stamford Bridge, but the margin of victory could have been much more emphatic if several other clear-cut chances had been converted.

The London outfit were runners-up in 2008 before securing a maiden success four years later, with both of those finals being decided on penalties.

“We will arrive in Istanbul to win, not to be one of the participants,” declared Thomas Tuchel. “We arrive with a clear focus to win.

“It is the highest level we can face against Man City, but we will arrive with self-confidence and with a positive energy.”

Academy graduate Mount is also adamant the fast-developing Blues can pull off an upset in Turkey.

“We are in the Champions League final and we have got to finish it off,” he said. “We need to keep going and we can achieve greatness.

“It was a big two games to push through and beat this team, one of the best in the world, and we’ve done it.

“Now we need to do it again. It’s not over, there’s one more game left.

“We are going to give it everything. We are going into it with full confidence, like we have with this whole road getting there.”

A look at previous all-English finals

This will be the third all-English final in the competition and we’re taking a quick look at the previous occasions.

2008 Man Utd vs Chelsea

Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a dramatic 1-1 draw in rainy Moscow.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed United in front after 26 minutes but Frank Lampard equalised before half-time.

Lampard and Didier Drogba saw efforts hit the woodwork before the latter was sent off in extra-time for slapping Nemanja Vidic.

Ronaldo had his penalty saved by Petr Cech in the shoot-out to put Chelsea on the brink of victory, but John Terry slipped and missed his potential game-winning spot-kick.

Soon after, Edwin van der Sar saved from Nicolas Anelka as United won the trophy for the third time in their history.

2019 Liverpool vs Tottenham

Liverpool banished the disappointment of their defeat in the previous year’s final by lifting the trophy for the sixth time with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

Mohamed Salah set the Reds on their way with a controversial penalty after only two minutes when Moussa Sissoko was punished for handball.

Liverpool’s lead was doubled three minutes from time by Divock Origi.

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