With three minutes to halftime, Havertz collected a defence-splitting pass from Mason Mount to round City goalkeeper Ederson and open his first Champions League goals cabinet.
Thomas Tuchel’s hugely impressive, well-drilled side held on to break City hearts, denying the Premier League champions a treble in their first Champions League final appearance. The match was played at Estádio do Dragão stadium in Porto, Portugal.
Tuchel had suffered the agony of defeat in the biggest game in European club football last year as Paris Saint-Germain boss when his side was beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich. However, his fellow German Havertz ensured he got the better of Pep Guardiola for a third time in a row since taking over the helms at Chelsea, following his dismissal as PSG manager.
Germans and Champions League
The win has seen Tuchel become the third German manager to win the trophy in the last three seasons after Jurgen Klopp 2019 (Liverpool) and Hans Flick 2020 (Bayern Munich).
Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy kept nine clean sheets in 12 games in this season’s Champions League. No keeper has ever kept more in a single campaign in the competition. He is now level with Santiago Canizares (Valencia, 2000-’01) and Keylor Navas (Real Madrid, 2015-’16).