Arsene Wenger: Chelsea were confident they would beat Manchester City in the Champions League final

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Arsene Wenger insists Chelsea were confident they would beat Manchester City in the Champions League final after previous losses left Pep Guardiola’s side ‘insecure’ before facing Porto.

  • Chelsea defeated City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals and 2-1 in the Premier League
  • And former Arsenal boss Wenger stated those losses had taken a psychological toll
  • Thomas Tuchel’s side left City again to win the Champions League final
  • Kai Havertz scored the lone goal of the game to give the Blues a narrow win

Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea were ‘confident’ they would beat Manchester City in the Champions League final on Saturday after previous successes against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea defeated CIty 1-0 thanks to a goal in the first half from Kai Havertz, and stifled their opponents’ traditional attacking flair and verve with a stubborn defense.

And legendary former Arsenal manager Wenger stated after the game that recent results – Chelsea beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals and 2-1 in the Premier League – left City ‘insecure’ for the European showpiece in Portugal.

Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League final in Portugal on Saturday evening

And former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Chelsea looked 'confident' they would win

And former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Chelsea looked ‘confident’ they would win

He said: ‘Guardiola has just been voted England’s manager of the year because he won and dominated the (Premier League) championship, but a final is only one game and that’s where you have to play your best.

Today that was not the case for Manchester City. They previously lost three games to Chelsea. That reinforced Chelsea’s faith and certainly made Man City a little insecure.

“We never know exactly what marks those defeats will leave in our minds, but it shows tonight that Chelsea were confident they could beat them.”

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel recently beat City twice, giving them a psychological boost

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel recently beat City twice, giving them a psychological boost

Wenger also stated that City was

Wenger also stated that City was “insecure” after those recent losses to Tuchel’s outfit

Wenger then went on to analyze what Blues boss Tuchel did to counter City’s offensive threat, which was to defend more closely from the front.

He added: ‘I also have to say, what Tuchel did well was Mount and Havertz playing in more defensively, so City could never find their way through the middle and they had to go next, where Chelsea was pretty strong tonight.

So tonight Man City had a big tactical problem that they could never solve. They weren’t in balance, they couldn’t find a way to play sharply and Chelsea held them back very well. ‘

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