Manchester City and Chelsea will lock horns in this year’s UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday, May 29. Two of the biggest clubs in English football, they share an intense rivalry spanning over 100 years.
Let us take a look at how Chelsea and Manchester City fare when compared head to head. With that, we will also look at other stats and fun facts ahead of the European Cup final.
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Manchester City v Chelsea H2H
There are varying records of how many times the two sides have met on the pitch. However, there have been well over 160 encounters between the Blues and City.
Chelsea have always enjoyed better of this fixture through the years. Interestingly, things did not change much when Pep Guardiola took over as Chelsea’s managers somehow found ways to outsmart the Spanish on numerous occasions.
In the 166 times the two sides have met, Chelsea have emerged victorious in 68 of those. City trail by just 10 wins, having won 58 matches against the Blues, with 40 games ending in a draw.
Manchester City v Chelsea Previous Meetings
Mentioned here is the summary of recent meetings between Chelsea and Manchester City across all competitions, dating back to the start of the Guardiola era.
In the 13 times they have met since Guardiola took over the charge of the Citizens, the tally is evenly tied at 6-6 with one game ending in a draw.
In their last five matches across all competitions, Chelsea have won thrice while City have managed just two wins. They defeated the Citizens back to back in the FA Cup semifinal and the Premier League by 1-0 and 2-1 respectively just this month.
The biggest win was when City beat Chelsea 6-0 in the Premier League a few years back with Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero starring in that goal-studded affair.
What is certainly intriguing here is that Sterling and Aguero continue to be with City to date. The Argentinean striker is set to leave the club at the end of the season and will be hoping for a nice farewell by winning the elusive European Cup.
However, Sterling and Aguero are both battling injuries and find themselves in a race against time to get fit for the final.
What about their meetings in other finals?
Despite sharing a long history, Chelsea and Manchester City have met in a final only once.
It was the 2018-19 Carling Cup, where after 120 minutes of goalless stalemate, the match moved to penalties. Sterling took the decisive penalty and managed to convert it, thus giving City their first silverware that season.
Later on, they moved on to win the FA Cup and English Premier League too.
They also met in the European Cup Winners’ Cup almost 50 years ago. Back then, Chelsea won the tournament and their path to the final included a 2-0 aggregate victory against Manchester City in the semis.