Noel Gallagher in the house
City fan and birthday boy Noel Gallagher has travelled to Porto to cheer on Guardiola’s side.
He told BT Sport: “I got here about three hours ago. It could be one of the greatest ever (birthdays), but then again, I could skip 54 and when I look back on it, I’ll go from 53 to 55. It’s our first final, I’m bricking it.
“It’s an all-England final, I’m quite recognisable, I live in London, the abuse I’m going to get from taxi drivers will be relentless if we lose. I’m not feeling great.
“For me, absolutely. I don’t get nervous at gigs, I’m in control of that, I can’t control this. I think it’s going to be a really tight game and I think everybody will agree, regardless of the line-up, if City turn up and play our best, then our best beats Chelsea best, so we’ve got to see who does it on the night.”
Rio Ferdinand on Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has not started any of City’s last five Champions League matches but Ferdinand is glad to see the England international recalled.
He said: “I’m so happy that Raheem is playing. Over the last three years, what he’s done at this football club, for him to miss a showpiece like this would have been a travesty, really.
“He deserves, for what he’s given this club for the last three or four years, to be in this game.
“He’s been a sub for a lot of games this season, which would’ve been disappointing, but he’s kept his mouth closed and look at the reward he’s got tonight. This is almost an audition tonight to get in the England team.”
Rio Ferdinand questions Man City lineup
Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “Wow. No holding player, this is Pep changing things in a game like this again.
“He’s done it every time they’ve gone out, he’s tinkered with his team, and he’s done it again today.
“Pop, pop, pop all game. I just looked at the numbers there and six games they’ve played this season and just one game where both Fernandinho and Rodri have not played and that was a dead rubber against Olympiacos in the Champions League.
“So, a huge, huge change, but one that says and screams we’re going to dominate possession if you’re in a Manchester City shirt.”
Chelsea starting XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Silva, Rudiger; James, Kante, Jorginho, Chilwell; Mount, Werner, Havertz.
Subs: Kepa, Caballero, Alonso, Christensen, Pulisic, Zouma, Kovacic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson.
Man City starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko; Gundogan, Bernardo, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Sterling, Foden.
Subs: Steffen, Carson, Ake, Jesus, Aguero, Laporte, Rodri, Ferran, Mendy, Fernandinho, Cancelo, Garcia.
6.45pm: We’re expecting team news any minute now. Pep Guardiola said in the build-up to the match that it is “terrible” having to tell players that they will not be starting such a prestigious match.
He said: “It’s [an] absolutely disaster, don’t be a manager in your life.”
City’s Brazilian captain Fernandinho added: “It’s not an easy job for Pep to tell the starting eleven before the game but it’s part of the game. Playing a final, everyone will be important, you never know what can happen.
“The players have to be ready so my role (as captain) is just to tell them to be ready, they’ll be needed and this is important. Everyone is (involved) in the process, everyone was involved. My message is to be ready and you never know when you’ll be needed.”
6.30pm: Good evening and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the all-English Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is looking to guide the Blues to their first European trophy to fulfil owner Sheikh Mansour’s dream.
Meanwhile, Chelsea are looking to add to their 2012 success in which beat Bayern Munich.
Up to 16,500 people will be inside Porto’s Estadio do Dragao stadium.
HOW TO WATCH MAN CITY VS CHELSEA FOR FREE
Man City vs Chelsea is set to kick off at 8pm on Saturday, May 29.
The match will be exclusively broadcast by BT Sport 1, and BT Sport 1HD, and BT Sport Ultimate in the UK.
Coverage starts from 6pm, lasting until 10.45pm.
Fans can watch the final for free on the BT Sport website or BT Sport YouTube channels.