How the four other all-English European finals panned out ahead of Man City vs Chelsea

Saturday's clash in Porto, Portugal will be the fifth time two English teams have been involved in a European final, and judging by the ...

Saturday's clash in Porto, Portugal will be the fifth time two English teams have been involved in a European final, and judging by the previous encounters we should be in for a continental treat


The fifth all-English European final will take place on Saturday as Manchester City face Chelsea in Portugal.

The two Premier League clubs will compete for the UEFA Champions League, with the Citizens looking to win their first continental title.

Meanwhile, the Blues are hoping to make it four European crowns, having already faced English sides in two of their previous finals.

With supporters checked in in Porto and the eyes of the footballing world soon to be on the mammoth match, the only question is whether the trophy will be coming back to Manchester airport or a London terminal.

Manchester City train in Porto ahead of their showdown with Chelsea
Manchester City train in Porto ahead of their showdown with Chelsea 

Here, we take a look at how the other four all-English European finals panned out.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (after two legs) - 1972 UEFA Cup

We start by going back to the only all-English continental final clash of the 20th century.

Fresh from being rebranded from the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, the inaugural UEFA Cup final was the first to feature two teams from the same nation as the battle of the Bills (respective managers Nicholson and McGarry) took place.

Star man Martin Chivers netted for Spurs either side of a Jim McCalliog equaliser in round one at Molineux before Wolves could only salvage a 1-1 second-leg draw at White Hart Lane.

Although away goals had recently been introduced seven years prior, two-legged European finals are long a thing of the past (scrapped in 1997) and it would be 36 years until another pair of English sides met.

Martin Chivers celebrates Alan Mullery's opener for Spurs in the second leg at White Hart Lane
Martin Chivers celebrates Alan Mullery's opener for Spurs in the second leg at White Hart Lane 

Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea (6-5 on penalties) - 2008 UEFA Champions League

John Terry, keep scrolling.

Having battled it out for the Premier League title and other domestic trophies throughout the 2000s, it was destiny that these sides met on the biggest club stage of all.

On a rainy night in Moscow, a cagey affair saw Cristiano Ronaldo ’s emphatic headed opener after 26 minutes cancelled out by Frank Lampard’s somewhat fortuitous strike.

Penalties loomed after Didier Drogba saw red in extra-time as tensions boiled over, well past midnight local time.

Ronaldo was the only one of the first nine men to miss as Petr Cech saved his stuttering effort and gave captain Terry the golden opportunity to win it.

Mr Chelsea stepped up, adjusted his armband, and sent Edwin van der Sar the wrong way - only for the ball to hit the post, minutes before the Dutch goalkeeper became the hero and saved Nicolas Anelka’s decisive penalty.

It was red in Russia and United again.

van der Sar denies Anelka to give Sir Alex Ferguson his second Champions League crown
van der Sar denies Anelka to give Sir Alex Ferguson his second Champions League crown 

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal - 2019 UEFA Europa League

Race ahead 11 years and the Blues had indeed got their hands on the Champions League, as well as this again rebranded competition heading into this clash.

Two London clubs went down to Baku, Azerbaijan in hope of glory, and Maurizio Sarri got the better of specialist and now four-time winner Unai Emery - much thanks to a brilliant Belgian.

Hazard scored twice in his final match for Chelsea to supplement goals from Pedro and ex-Gunner Olivier Giroud.

Sarri moved on to Juventus that summer following the Blues' last European triumph
Sarri moved on to Juventus that summer following the Blues' last European triumph

Alex Iwobi’s stunning strike was the only thing the Arsenal fans had to take on the journey home (almost 3,000 miles long).

Following a dull first half, all five goals came within 23 second-half minutes.

The result puts the Blues one for two in terms of all-English finals, and the Stamford Burdge faithful be hoping the result doesn’t mirror the last time they met opposition from Manchester in European finale.

Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur - 2019 UEFA Champions League

This was the year of the English, with all four places in the two finals taken up by Premier League outfits.

Three nights after the Europa League showpiece, Liverpool used the pain of defeat in the previous year’s final to see off Spurs, as both teams came to Madrid off the back of frankly bonkers comebacks against Barcelona and Ajax, respectively.

Mohamed Salah got Jurgen Klopp’s side off to the perfect start from the penalty spot after just two minutes, and a largely uneventful affair went in the Reds’ favour when semi-final hero Divock Origi sealed a sixth European Cup for the Anfield side.

It was a step too far for Mauricio Pochettino's men but Klopp got third time lucky, having first lost with Borussia Dortmund in 2012 in an all-German encounter against Bayern Munich.

North and south will meet again not far from the Spanish capital on Saturday.

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