PLAYER REVIEWS: Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante reigns supreme with man-of-the-match performance

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Manchester City did not really show up in the all-English Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Pep Guardiola’s team was broken down 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto by an extraordinarily determined Chelsea side.

The sumptuous assist of Mason Mount laid the foundation for Kai Havertz’s opening goal three minutes before half time.

Chelsea won the Champions League final against Manchester City in Porto on Saturday evening

Despite late City pressure, Chelsea have never given up that lead, with midfielder N’Golo Kante and Edouard Mendy on their return to the team, pivotal defensive figures in a determined combative performance.

And SportsmailJack Gaughan gives his verdict on how each player performed in the Champions League final on Wednesday night.

MANCHESTER CITY – 4-3-3

Ederson – 6

Might feel like he should have stayed home when Kai Havertz surrounded him but was abandoned by those before him. A strong long distribution had opened up Chelsea’s rear lineup earlier in the play.

Kyle Walker – 6

He was attracted to the ball a few times, although he tried to give City a boost on their right hand. Has taken some dangerous positions, especially while driving forward.

John Stones – 5.5

Shakier than he has been for a while. City seemed a little surprised that the center-backs would have Havertz close to Timo Werner, and it may have scared them.

City's center-back John Stones (left) and Ruben Dias (right) were not as solid as usual

City’s center-back John Stones (left) and Ruben Dias (right) were not as solid as usual

Ruben Dias – 5.5

Nowhere near its best. Looked a bit nervous and unsure who to pick up when Chelsea handed over possession. City often struggled with Chelsea’s counter from midfield.

Oleksandr Zinchenko – 5.5

The left back grew in the game until he failed to see the game develop for Chelsea’s opener. Had to try to get to the scorer right side faster.

Bernardo Silva – 6

I couldn’t see enough of the ball and had very few runners to hit when trying to speed up the game at the most appropriate time. He was later sacrificed when City switched it.

Ilkay Gundogan – 6

Asked to hold City’s midfield for the first time in a long time and it showed. City’s top scorer is not used to screen a back four. We have not been able to recycle assets enough.

Phil Foden – 7

The only City player who looked the most likely dragged them back to the final. Closed with a high chance in the first half and kept bouncing off defenders to create something.

City winger Riyad Mahrez (bottom left) was unusually restrained throughout the match

City winger Riyad Mahrez (bottom left) was unusually restrained throughout the match

Riyad Mahrez – 5.5

Production from the right wing failed. Left for long spells and didn’t create enough room for Walker to go beyond him. Also insufficient defensive protection.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6

Not at all okay and that was clear, because he kept looking deeply for the ball. Came off when he received a nasty blow to the head when he collided with Antonio Rudiger.

Raheem Sterling – 6.5

The main selection surprise after staying out of the top XI for much of the past three months. Invite players closer to him on the left to clear a way in tight spaces.

SUBS

Gabriel Jesus (for De Bruyne 60) – 6.5

Fernandinho (for Silva 64) – 6.5

Sergio Aguero (for Sterling 77)

Manager: Pep Guardiola – 5.5

His team selection – not counting both recognized sitting midfielders – raised eyebrows. Maybe expect to have more ball possession than in the first half. Then played catch-up.

CHELSEA – 3-4-2-1

Edouard Mendy – 7

He managed to shake off a rib injury that left him replaced at half time against Aston Villa last week. Was right in front of Sterling in the opening moments to narrow the corner to goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

Organize the key and intelligently seal the space between himself and Reece James. Chelsea’s compact back three made the final so difficult for a team that planned to disconnect them.

Experienced Blues defender Thiago Silva was forced out before half time with a groin problem

Experienced Blues defender Thiago Silva was forced out before half time with a groin problem

Thiago Silva – 7

Forced before the break with an obvious groin problem after a clumsy landing from a dogfight. He hadn’t let the runners of City pull him out of position and had a good game.

Antonio Rudiger – 8

Huge block to prevent Foden from opening the score just before the half hour, to make sure he came over to sniff the danger. He continued to follow the heavy clash of heads with De Bruyne.

Reece James – 7.5

Excellent night that fully justified his inclusion in the England squad if still needed. Bravely stuck to his task against the crafty Sterling and continues to grow up with every game.

Jorginho – 6.5

Hardly wastes a pass but managed to do the nastier side of the game as well, blocking runners where possible and later slowing in Chelsea’s favor.

Relentless defensive midfielder N'Golo Kante (below) delivered a man-of-the-match performance

Relentless defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante (below) delivered a man-of-the-match performance

N’Golo Kante – 8.5

Exceptional when breaking up the piece. Two moments, within six minutes of the second half, saw him stop Foden from crafting a good position and De Bruyne from moving through.

Ben Chilwell – 7

A bundle of energy up and down left for Thomas Tuchel and a nice touch in the run-up to Havertz’s goal. Mahrez kept very quiet and gave the Algerian no joy at turning in.

Mason Mount – 8

Excellent through ball for the opener and Mount had previously notably followed all the way back from a Chelsea set piece to impressively stop De Bruyne’s backlash.

Kai Havertz (right) scored what was the lone goal of the game after a great pass from Mason Mount

Kai Havertz (right) scored what was the lone goal of the game after a great pass from Mason Mount

Kai Havertz – 8

Calmness was personified as he saw Ederson come to open the scoring with ease around the goalkeeper. Run intelligently between defenders to form the chance.

Timo Werner – 7

Missed opportunities – as he so often does – but the move for the first goal was exemplary, dragging City’s center-backs from their posts to open crucial space for Havertz.

SUBS

Christensen (for Silva 39) – 6.5

Christian Pulisic (for Werner 66) – 6

Mateo Kovacic (for Mount 80)

MANAGER: Thomas Tuchel – 7.5

He kept it simple with his team selection and let Chelsea practice how best to wipe out a team full of midfielders.

REFEREE: Antonio Mateu Lahoz – 5

The final started with numerous soft free kicks and that set the tone for the evening.

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