Champions League final 2021, Man City vs Chelsea: What date is it, what time does it start and what TV channel is it on?

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Champions League final 2021 When date where what time kick-off tv channel odds Man City vs Chelsea - REUTERS
Champions League final 2021 When date where what time kick-off tv channel odds Man City vs Chelsea - REUTERS

The biggest game in European club football is almost here, the Uefa Champions League final, and will be contested by Manchester City and Chelsea.

After beating Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate, Chelsea set up the second all-English final in three years, after Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in 2019. Manchester City ensured their progressed to their first ever European Cup final after they they defeated Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea won this competition for the only time back in 2012, while their head coach Thomas Tuchel was a beaten finalist with PSG last year.

When is the Champions League final?

This year's final takes place on Saturday, May 29.

Where is it?

The Champions League final has been switched to Portugal, with Chelsea and Manchester City allocated 6,000 tickets each.

Uefa announced Porto as host after almost a week of chaotic talks following the UK putting the original location of Istanbul on its Covid-19 travel "red list".

The governing body's first choice was to bring the match to Wembley, but "exhaustive" negotiations broke down over the Government's refusal to grant quarantine exemptions for 2,000 VIPs, staff and media.

Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin recognised it had been a challenging week as he confirmed the all-English final had been moved from the Ataturk Stadium to Estádio do Dragão on May 29.

“We accept that the decision of the British Government to place Turkey on the red list for travel was taken in good faith and in the best interests of protecting its citizens from the spread of the virus but it also presented us with a major challenge in staging a final featuring two English teams," he said.

What time does Man City vs Chelsea kick-off?

The kick-off time has not yet been confirmed. Turkey is two hours ahead of the UK so it is expected the Champions League final will begin at 8pm (BST).

What TV channel is it on?

BT Sport have exclusive Champions League rights in the UK, so if you want to watch the game via the traditional medium of television you will need to be a subscriber. However, since 2015, BT has also shown the final free-to-air on YouTube and is expected to do so again this year. These broadcasts have attracted millions of viewers in past years.

Can Pep Guardiola overcome his Champions League hoodoo? - REUTERS
Can Pep Guardiola overcome his Champions League hoodoo? - REUTERS

Who is in the final?

As mentioned above, Manchester City and Chelsea. Can Pep Guardiola win his third European Cup – and first since he left Barcelona? And in the process lead City to the trophy their owners crave above all others? Or will Thomas Tuchel enter Chelsea folklore alongside Roberto di Matteo as the only other manager to lead the club to glory in the biggest cup competition in Europe? Coincidentally, like Tuchel the Italian Di Matteo was parachuted in to the Stamford Bridge hotseat after owner Roman Abramovich had sacked his manager.

When was the last all-English Champions League final?

Only two years ago, when Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid. The 2008 final was also an all-English affair, when Chelsea beat Manchester United.

Will English fans be allowed to attend?

Yes. The Government has announced plans to lift its ban on non-essential travel as part of the next easing of lockdown rules on May 17. This will see the introduction of a traffic-light system in which those travelling to countries rated “green” would have to pay for Covid-19 tests before they left the UK and when they returned. Portugal has been designated “green”, meaning fans will be able to attend without the need to quarantine on their return to the UK.

Man City vs Chelsea odds

  • Manchester City to win: 9/10

  • Chelsea to win: 16/5