Chelsea lack a hero and have “no chance” of beating Man City, says Paul Merson

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Thomas Tuchel has the chance to win the Champions League with Chelsea, less than a year after he suffered heartache at the final hurdle as manager of Paris Saint Germain last season.

The German boss was beaten by Bayern Munich in last campaign's final, but after replacing Frank Lampard in late January, Tuchel will now get a second bite of the cherry as Blues boss.

Chelsea have already reached one final this season, losing 1-0 to Leicester City at Wembley, missing out on what would have been their ninth FA Cup title, the Stamford Bridge faithful will be hoping for better luck this time around in the Estadio Dragao.

However, standing in their way are Premier League and Carabao Cup champions Manchester City, who will need no motivation as Pep Guardiola aims to guide them to their first ever Champions League as well as their first European honour since 1970.

Chelsea hardly struck fear into City hearts with their display on the final day of the league season, falling to a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, which could have cost them Champions League qualification for next season had Leicester not lost at home to Spurs.

Despite the fact that Tuchel has already faced Man City on two occasions this season, winning both, Arsenal legend Paul Merson has claimed the West London outfit have "no chance" of a third, momentous victory.

Writing in his Daily Star column, Merson explained: "After what I saw at Villa Park from Chelsea, I don’t give them any chance of beating Manchester City in the Champions League final.

"They should have a mental edge after beating City recently, and the pressure is off now they’ve finished in the top four.

"But Aston Villa was a must-win game and they just weren’t good enough. I worry for Chelsea now."

Merson also cited the FA Cup final defeat as another cause for concern, adding: "The FA Cup final was the same. They dominated Leicester in the first half, but they don’t blow teams away.

"Timo Werner makes bad decisions and they don’t have anyone clinical enough – how many chances will they need to score against City?

"I hope Werner ends up being the hero but I just don’t see it. That City back four have been so solid. They don’t give you many chances."

Chelsea fans will be concerned their recent drop in form, also falling to a recent shock defeat at home to a struggling Arsenal side.

Merson added: "City will be nervous too. They are going for the Champions League for the first time.

"But if Chelsea have been losing big games lately, and if play like they did at Villa they’ve got no chance."

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