The Blues take on Manchester City in the Estadio do Dragao for the most sought-after prize in continental football.
Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is the man grabbing the limelight going into his final game for Manchester City. Aguero will be seen in action in the upcoming UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea, with the match an opportunity to end his historic stint with the Cityzens on a heroic note. However, he could well be overshadowed by fellow attacker Gabriel Jesus, as per Brazilian club Coimbra Sports manager Diogo Giacomini. Giacomini coached Jesus during his days as a footballer in the Under-20 level.
“Gabriel Jesus’ ability to score some wonderful goals has always been amazing. I have observed this since his days at the Under-20 level. A decisive player like Jesus could well go on to overshadow Sergio Aguero with his performance, considering his ability to deliver the goods when it matters the most,” said Giacomini in an exclusive interaction with SportsLumo.
He further hailed Thiago Silva as one of the best defenders in the world, terming the Brazilian’s “experience” as a major asset.
“Thiago Silva is excellent when it comes to taking decisions that can very well determine the final result. Silva enjoys a lot of experience and will be one of the players to watch out for going into the final. The defender enjoys a good attention span, intelligence and concentration that play a crucial role in such important games.”
Former Brazilian professional footballer Lincoln Cassio de Souza Soares, commonly known as Lincoln backed Timo Werner to make his presence felt.
“I know Timo well. He has the ability to make the final a great one. Mason Mount is also a very interesting and important player for Chelsea. He will be decisive. Thiago Silva is of course a phenomenon, considering the quality performances he has been ensuring through thick and thin.”
Lincoln termed Manchester City as the favourites going into the game, hailing Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero as world-class players who will be difficult to stop on their day.
De Bruyne certainly understands the significance if we go by his statement before the match.
“We’re all competitors and we all want to win. As players we understand the magnitude of the game. If you win you’re a hero, if you lose you’re almost a failure,” he said as quoted by UEFA’s official website.