Kick-off in Porto has arrived for today's all-English Champions League Final of Manchester City vs Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao. The team news is in and some 12,000 fans have braved the crazy costs and testing procedures to watch their team lift the European Cup. Couldn't make the trip? Then make sure you know how to watch a Champions League Final live stream on TV in 4K, or how to watch Manchester City vs Chelsea online on YouTube for free, wherever you are in the world.
The official Champions League Final team sheets are out and Pep Guardiola puts his faith in a starting eleven of Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Gundogan, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Sterling and Foden.
It's a similarly strong team fromThomas Tuchel who fields both N'Golo Kante and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy alongside Rudiger, Jorginho, Thiago Silva, Werner, Mount, Chilwell, Azpilicueta, James and Havertz.
The UEFA Champions League has always been an edge-of-your-seat affair but this year's history-making final is set to provide an unmissable evening of sport. It was originally due to be played in Istanbul, Turkey, but was switched to Portugal owing to issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League and League Cup winners Manchester City have conceded just four goals on the way to their first ever Champions League Final. The Citizens road to the 2021 finale saw them triumph over Borussia Dortmund in the quarters (4-2 agg) and Paris St Germain in the semis (4-1 agg).
"We fought together and we're in the final of the Champions League, and those are nice words," Guardiola said. "People believe it's easy to get to the final of the Champions League. Getting to the final now makes sense of what we have done in the past four or five years. Every day these guys have been consistent and this is remarkable."
Chelsea, meanwhile, finished this season with mixed emotions. The defeat at Villa Park – at the time a seemingly must-win game – was not the best preparation for the final even if Leicester's loss to Spurs meant the guarantee of Champions League football for Chelsea next season. Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to channel the spirit of the Porto and Real Madrid victories to bind his team and stop City in their tracks.
Will it be title number two for Chelsea or will City finally achieve their dream of European glory?
It's an 8pm kick-off in Porto today. Lucky football fans in the UK can watch the Champions League Final for free on the BT Sport YouTube channel. Make sure to use a VPN, if needed, when travelling outside UK for access.
Read on for more details on how to watch a Champions League Final live stream in 4K or for free wherever you are in the world.
Champions League Final free live stream
UK broadcaster BT Sport is airing the 2021 Champions League Final for free. Viewers in the UK can watch the full game of Villarreal vs Manchester United plus all the build up coverage for free live on the BT Sport YouTube channel from 7pm BST. You can also tune in on the BT Sport website or by using the BT Sports app on smart TVs, the Xbox One and Apple TV too.
If you're a UK citizen trying to watch from abroad, then make sure to use a VPN so that you can access the BT Sport Champions League Final free live stream wherever you are in the world. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Full details on how to use a VPN below.
Watch a Champions League Final live stream anywhere in the world using a VPN
Even if you have subscribed to the relevant Champions League Final rights holders, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN which offers a 100 per cent risk-free money back guarantee. If you're not happy with the service any time within the first 30-days, then you can cancel with no penalties at all.
US: Champions League Final live stream for $5.99
Soccer fans in the States are lucky enough to be able to watch the UEFA Champions League final live through Paramount Plus – and the first 7 days are free. After that, you'll pay $5.99 a month. No contract. Bargain, right?
Of course, Paramount Plus is only available within the US. Stuck abroad? Simply use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked. We recommend ExpressVPN as it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
Watch a Champions League Final live stream in Australia
If you're in Australia, local streaming service Optus Sport provides live coverage of the Champions League final, Europa League and Premier League for just AU$14.99 per month or AU$68 for six months.
Stuck outside Oz at the moment? Don't forget that you can use a VPN to access a live stream without being blocked.
You can download the Optus Sport app for Android and iOS devices. Fetch TV, Apple TV, Android TV, LG, Amazon Fire, and Chromecast also carry the app for smart TV viewing. You can watch Optus Sport live streams through Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge browsers and, lastly, it's also available on Xbox.
Watch a Champions League Final live stream in the UK
Rights to show the UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the UK belong to BT Sport, whose long-term deal to broadcast all matches from UEFA club competitions means you'll also be able to watch the Champions League.
BT Sport is offering their coverage on the BT Sport app, the BT Sport website and the BT Sport YouTube channel for free. You can also sign up to a BT Sport package.
Man City vs Chelsea will be shown on BT Sport 2 (HD) and BT Sport Ultimate (4K). The build up starts at 7.15pm BST for an 8pm kick-off.
New BT broadband and BT TV customers get access to some great deals including BT Sport while existing BT customers can upgrade to the sport channels for as little as £10 per month.
Sky TV users can also add BT Sport to their existing package from £30 a month, but that will not include any 4K viewing. It's also worth looking out for bundled Sky Sports and BT Sport deals.
However you subscribe to BT Sport, though, you will get access to streams via the BT website and BT Sport app, so you can watch on the move within the UK or from abroad, using a VPN .
Watch the Champions League final live in 4K
You can watch the 2021 Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea in 4K HDR, beamed at 50fps on BT Sport Ultimate, channel 433. If you're hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform then it's also available in with Dolby Atmos sound.
BT Sport Ultimate fixtures are also available, minus the Atmos, for Virgin Media customers who subscribe to the BT Sport Collection. You can enjoy it in 4K HDR on channel 555.
Those on Virgin Media will need the Virgin V6 box and a 4K TV to make sure they're getting the action at maximum resolution. With the basic Big Bundle, BT Sport is £18 per month but all five BT Sport channels, including Ultra HD, are included on the larger TV packages which start at £57 per month. More details on Virgin Media TV bundles.
BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or a Samsung TV can watch the Champions League final in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass. No contract required.
EU: Watch the Champions League Final on DAZN
Football fans in Canada, Austria and Germany get the chance to watch the UEFA Champions League final for free. DAZN has the rights to show the Champions League final and a host of sports in these territories, and, best of all, DAZN offers a 1-month free trial. So long as you've not used yours already, then you can enjoy Man City vs Chelsea for nada.
Sadly the DAZN free trial isn't available to those outside these regions. If you are a DAZN customer but travelling abroad, simply use a VPN to access a Champions League Final live stream without being blocked.
It's also worth noting that there are free streams on terrestrial channels such Match TV in Russia, if that's where you happen to be. You can find a full list of the world's broadcasters with rights to show the live Champions League football here.
Champions League Fixtures
All times shown in BST.
Saturday 29th May 2021
Chelsea vs Man City - 8pm, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate
Predicted line-ups for the Champions League Final
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gündoğan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.
Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell; Havertz, Werner, Mount.
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