Champions League Season 20/21 Summary

Champions League 2020/2021 is one of the best UCL clashes ever witnessed. Chelsea and Manchester City, both English teams, met in the finals. Chelsea emerged victorious, beating the Premier League Champions 1 -0 (see it here 스포츠중계).

 

COVID-19 Impact

The coronavirus significantly impacted the 2020/2021 season. Fans could not watch the matches live from the stadiums. Even towards the end of the season, fans couldn’t be risked to the stadiums when vaccines had circulated. Initially, the finals were to be played in Istanbul, Turkey. However, the country was labeled red flag, and the venue had to be rescheduled. As a result, UCL finals were played at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal.

 

Defending Champions Bayern Eliminated

Bayern Munich was one of the favorites to win the 2020/20201 UCL. During the previous season, they emerged champions beating PSG in the finals. Also, in the same season, they gave Barcelona a thrashing beating, 8- 2. No significant changes were made on the squad, and it was expected that they would repeat the victory. Funny enough, they met with the 2019/2020 runners-up, PSG, in the quarter-finals. As a payback, PSG eliminated the legendary Bayern, proceeding to meet with Manchester City.

 

Chelsea Wins UCL for the Second Time

2020/2021 was the second UCL trophy Chelsea won. They won the first one during the 2011/2012 season. They went into the finals as underdogs to the legendary Manchester City. Man City had lifted the Premier League weeks before the finals. They had a fully fit squad and were predicted to win the cup. Also, their coach, Pep Guardiola, had a history of winning a trophy when they reached the final. However, after 90 minutes of the finals, it was other news. Chelsea won the match with a single Kai Havertz goal. It was a beautiful display, receiving a nice pass from midfielder Mason Mount. Also, they conceded the fewest goals, four goals.

 

Massive Win for Thomas Tuchel and Thiago Silva

Thomas Tuchel is the current coach at Chelsea. The previous season, he coached PSG into the finals but lost to Bayern. Accompanying his was Thiago Silva. He is currently a CB at Chelsea. Both left PSG at the end of the 2019/2021 season. Thiago Silva joined Chelsea as a free agent. During this time, Frank Lampard was the Chelsea manager. It was not a success for Frank, and he had to leave managerial tasks midway through the season. Tuchel took over the squad and steered them into the UCL finals, winning it.

 

After winning the UCL trophy, Chelsea is looking forward to meeting with the Europa winners. Villarreal, for the Super Cup finals. The match will be played on 11 August 2021 at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Also, they secured a Champions League spot for the next season.