UCL final stats: Kante 0, Chelsea 2, Manchester City 0.59

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A Kai Havertz goal and a defensive masterclass helped Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 to be crowned the winners of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League.

Here are the best stats from an entertaining final:


Player of the Match N'Golo Kante did not concede a foul in the whole game. Not one. He did that while also winning the most duels (11) and making the most ball recoveries (10) in the final.

Another perfectly on-brand stat for Kante -- he won four aerial duels on the night, the most by any Chelsea player. This from the shortest player on the pitch. Kante was also Player of the Match in both legs of Chelsea's semifinal against Real Madrid.


Manchester City had an xG (expected goals) of 0.59 in the final. That is the second-lowest they have had in a game under Pep Guardiola. The lowest was 0.42 in a 1-0 loss to Liverpool in December 2016.


Matchwinner Havertz scored his first career UCL goal in his 20th appearance in the competition. In doing so, he became just the ninth player to score his first career UCL goal in the final, and the first since Ilkay Gundogan in 2013, who scored for Borussia Dortmund in their loss against Bayern Munich.


This is Chelsea's second UCL title. Chelsea have now lifted the trophy in six of the seven major European finals they have competed in, with this being their fourth European success since Roman Abramovich took over (UCL in 2020-21 and 2011-12, Europa League in 2012-13 and 2018-19).


This was only the second major cup final loss of Guardiola's managerial career. The first was the 2011 Copa del Rey with Barcelona.


This was Manchester City's third loss in as many games against Chelsea, making it the third time Guardiola has lost three consecutive games against a single opponent. He lost three straight to Liverpool (January-April 2018) and to Real Madrid (2012-14).


The last three editions of the Champions League have been won by German head coaches -- Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Hansi Flick (Bayern Munich) and Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea). This is the first time the European Cup/UCL has been won in three consecutive years by three different managers of the same nationality since 1980-82 (Brian Clough with Nottingham Forest, Bob Paisley with Liverpool, and Tony Barton with Aston Villa).


The last three UCL finals all ended with at least one team failing to score. That's the first time this has happened since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when there were eight such finals in a row (1987-88 to 1994-95).


Chelsea are the fourth English team to win multiple European Cups after Liverpool (six), Manchester United (three), and Nottingham Forest (two).


Chelsea are the fifth team to win the UCL with multiple managers in a season -- Frank Lampard (six games) and Tuchel (seven). Chelsea also did it in 2011-12.


With Manchester City losing on their debut UCL final appearance, the last eight teams appearing in their first European Cup final have lost, the others being -- PSG (2020), Tottenham (2019), Chelsea (2008), Arsenal (2006), AS Monaco (2004), Bayer Leverkusen (2002) and Valencia (2000). In fact, the last team to win its first final appearance was Borussia Dortmund in 1997.


Chelsea's Edouard Mendy has kept nine clean sheets this season in the UCL, tying the competition's record (Santiago Canizares in 2000-01 and Keylor Navas in 2015-16 also kept nine). Mendy's record, though, is the outright most ever by a goalkeeper in their debut campaign in the competition.


Chelsea have kept 19 clean sheets in their 30 games under Tuchel. That's the most among any team in Europe's top five leagues in that span (all competitions).

21 years, 352 days

At 21 years and 352 days, Havertz is the third-youngest player to score a winner in a UCL final. He is also the youngest German player to score in a UCL final since Borussia Dortmund's Lars Ricken in 1997 (20 years, 322 days vs. Juventus).


This was Manchester City's first major European final in 51 years (last played, and beat, Gornik Zabrze in the 1970 European Cup Winners' Cup). That's the longest ever gap between major European finals for a team.

(Stats courtesy ESPN's Stats & Information Group)