Fans in London react to Chelsea's opening goal
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Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea in Saturday’s Champions League final has also dealt a major blow to Liverpool. Thomas Tuchel guided the Blues to win their first Champions League title for nine years, with Kai Havertz’s first-half goal proving decisive against Pep Guardiola’s men.
City struggled to break down a resilient Chelsea side in Porto, with Raheem Sterling among the players who found it hard to create clear-cut chances.
In fact, it was Tuchel’s men who had the better opportunities, with Timo Werner squandering several of them.
But that did not matter though, with Havertz scoring the winner three minutes before the break when Kai he collected Mason Mount’s excellent through ball before rounding Ederson and netting.
It completed a remarkable first six months in charge for Tuchel, who has turned Chelsea around since replacing Frank Lampard.
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But while those of a blue persuasion will be celebrating, anyone connected with Liverpool will be joining City fans in their despair.
The Reds won their final five Premier League matches to finish third and secure Champions League football next season.
But having failed to win a second successive league title and having been knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals, Liverpool will be placed in pot two for the group stage draw.
The winners of the big six European leagues, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, City, Inter Milan, Lille and Sporting Lisbon will be placed into pot one for that draw.
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Those six will now be joined by Villarreal and Chelsea, the winners of the Europa League and Champions League respectively, in pot one.
Last week’s finals played a major role in setting the difficulty of the teams that Liverpool will face in next season’s group stages.
Had City won, it would have Zenit St Petersburg who moved into pot one for the draw, not Chelsea.
But with the Blues having won in Porto, it means that it will be them who join the league winners in pot one.
Teams from the same nation are unable to be drawn against each other at the group stage, meaning that City, Chelsea and Manchester United will not be playing the Reds.
Instead, Liverpool will face one of Atletico, Bayern, Inter, Lille, Sporting or Villarreal in the group stages.
That means that the Reds will have an increased chance of facing far tougher opponents in Atletico and Bayern next term.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp no doubt would have preferred to have had a lower chance of facing those two teams, who both have caused them major troubles in the Champions League in the past.
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