It’s one of the biggest days on the soccer calendar. Even bigger than the Super Bowl.
Manchester City will face Chelsea in an all-English UEFA Champions League final on Saturday afternoon with the winner being crowned as the best team in Europe. The trophy is the holy grail for reigning English champs Manchester City, who have been building for years toward this first appearance in the final. Meanwhile, Chelsea will like their chances of winning their second Champions League title after their two recent wins over Manchester City.
Either way, an American will be hoisting the trophy this afternoon as U.S. men’s national team stars Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) and Zack Steffen (Manchester City) look to become the first male American players to feature in a Champions League final.
Sporting News is tracking the match with live updates, news and highlights as they happen. Follow below for complete results from the 2021 UEFA Champions League final.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City score
Chelsea vs. Manchester City live updates, highlights from Champions League final
1:34 p.m. ET: Counting down the minutes.
1:30 p.m. ET: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba rallying his side.
9:03 a.m. ET: The weather in Porto sets up nicely.
First off let me tell you, IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR SOCCER 🤌🤌
Went on a quick jog around Porto. Let me tell you this: there’s A LOT OF LOVE FOR PULISIC from Chelsea fans. Mixed opinions on whether he starts though. Check it out on @UCLonCBSSports’ IG stories. pic.twitter.com/FqS14ipCgx
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) May 29, 2021
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Chelsea vs. Manchester City starting lineups
The starting lineups for both teams will be officially released about an hour before kickoff.
Here are the projected lineups for both teams based on speculation and reports from Portugal:
Projected Lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): Ederson — Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker — Rodrigo, Fernandinho — Phil Foden, Ilkay Gundogan, Riyad Mahrez — Kevin De Bruyne
Available Subs: Zack Steffen-GK, Nathan Ake, Aymeric Laporte, Eric Garcia, Joao Cancelo, Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero
Projected Lineup (3-4-3, left to right): Edouard Mendy — Antonio Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Reece James — Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Cesar Azpilicueta — Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner, Mason Mount
Available Subs: Kepa Arrizabalaga-GK, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso, Emerson, Mateo Kovacic, Billy Gilmour, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Tino Anjorin, Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud
How to watch the Champions League final in USA
- Time: 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
- TV channels (English): CBS
- TV channels (Spanish): Univision, TUDN
- Live streams: Paramount+, TUDN.TV, fuboTV (free 7-day trial)
CBS and Univision/TUDN will provide English- and Spanish-language coverage of the 2021 UEFA Champions League final with pregame coverage starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on both networks.
Both networks are available to stream via fuboTV as part of a 7-day free trial.