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Why there is little chance Man City vs Chelsea will be moved from Istanbul to Wembley

Why there is little chance Man City vs Chelsea will be moved from Istanbul to Wembley

All-English final

After Chelsea progressed past Real Madrid and Manchester City knocked out PSG, there will be an all-English Champions League final.

Thomas Tuchel was able to mastermind a 3-1 aggregate victory over Zinedine Zidane and Los Blancos.

Goals from Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Mason Mount were enough to wrap up the tie comfortably over 180 minutes.

Equally as impressive, Manchester City came from behind in their tie to win 4-1 on aggregate, thanks to 3 goals from Riyad Mahrez, and one from talisman Kevin De Bruyne.

Why there is little chance Man City vs Chelsea will be moved from Istanbul to Wembley

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 04: Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrates with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kevin De Bruyne after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain at Etihad Stadium on May 04, 2021 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

This will mark the first time since their 2012 triumph that Chelsea have played in the finale of European football’s elite competition.

For Manchester City, they will be partaking in the showpiece for the very first time, having only ever reached the semi-finals once before this season.

City become the third new side in the final in successive seasons, after PSG last year, and Spurs the year prior.

Chelsea recently knocked Man City out of the FA Cup, and face the Citizens in the Premier League this weekend. The narrative is set, but what about the venue?

Why there is little chance Man City vs Chelsea will be moved from Istanbul to Wembley

Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech celebrates scoring their first goal of the game with teammate Timo Werner (right) during the FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

UCL final venue unlikely to move

The 2021 Champions League final is set to take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 16 years after the famous Liverpool comeback against AC Milan.

Xavbi Alonso scoring against Milan

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – MAY 25: (Re-transmission of #52980075) Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso of Spain scores the third goal during the European Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan on May 25, 2005 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Turkey was set to host the final last season, but due to the pandemic, waved responsibility for a year so the competition could take place in the Portuguese city of Lisbon.

The final moving again, though, seems unlikely at this stage. Simon Evans, reporter for Reuters, pointed out that Turkey’s decision to give up last season’s showpiece makes it highly improbable that a similar move will be forthcoming this time around.

The Times’ Martyn Ziegler also highlights that the Turkish Covid rate is falling, with the country expected to leave lockdown on May 17th.

There is also an expectation that 25,000 fans could be in attendance, with 8000 supporters of Chelsea & Man City invited.

Wherever the Champions League’s finale is played, a meeting between Chelsea and Manchester City, featuring Guardiola & Tuchel, De Bruyne & Havertz, and many more, is sure to light up the pitch.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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