Kai Havertz’s first-half goal was the difference as Chelsea edged Manchester City to win their second Champions League title in the all-Premier League clash at the Estadio do Dragao in Portugal.
Mason Mount’s sublime pass put Harvetz through on goal and Chelsea’s record signing made no mistakes as he rounded City keeper Ederson to score into an empty net three minutes before halftime.
Thomas Tuchel has now beaten Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola for the third time in a row since succeeding Frank Lampard in January.
The German, the first manager to take two different teams to the final in consecutive years, jumped with joy at the final whistle, the win erasing the bitter memories of last season’s final defeat to Bayern Munich as PSG boss.
It leaves City still searching for the Champions League, the trophy that has always eluded them, and Guardiola whose tactical gamble to not start a defensive midfielder means he shoulders huge blame for their downfall.
The Spaniard has now lost a Champions League final for the first time and a third European Cup crown remains elusive after two previous triumphs with Barcelona.
Both sides lost key players to injury, Chelsea losing Thiago Silva in the first half before City’s Kevin De Bruyne left the field in tears after a collision with Antonio Rudiger in the second half.
Guardiola threw on Sergio Aguero for his final appearance with the game nearing an end but there was no fairytale ending for the club’s record goalscorer as Chelsea held on to bring European club football’s biggest prize back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2012.