Sterling and Havertz start in Champions League final – Reuters


Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was provided a beginning location in the Champions League final against Chelsea on Saturday with German Kai Havertz preferred to American Christian Pulisic for the London team.City coach Pep Guardiola went with Oleksandr Zinchenko ahead of Joao Cancelo at left back and likewise left both Fernandinho and Rodri out of his midfield with Ilkay Gundogan the sole holding midfielder.There was no location for either of Citys centre-forwards Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus but it seemed an attacking line-up with Phil Foden most likely to play in the false 9 role.Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel chose for Ben Chilwell at left-back ahead of Marcos Alonso.Teams: Manchester City: 31-Ederson; 2-Kyle Walker, 5-John Stones, 3-Ruben Dias, 11-Oleksandr Zinchenko; 8-Ilkay Gundogan; 17-Kevin De Bruyne, 20-Bernardo Silva; 26-Riyad Mahrez, 47-Phil Foden, 7-Raheem Sterling.Chelsea: 16-Edoard Mendy, 28-Cesar Azpilicueta, 6-Thiago Silva, 2-Antonio Rudiger; 24-Reece James, 5-Jorginho, 7-Kante, 21-Ben Chilwell; 19-Mason Mount, 29-Kai Havertz, 11-Timo Werner.Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.