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Boateng awaits attacking Chelsea

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng believes Chelsea will not park the bus in the Champions League final.

Despite being subjected to heavy pressure for large sections of the semi-final tie against Barcelona, a fine defensive performance helped the English Premier League giants win 3-2 on aggregate.

However, Boateng said he was not expecting a similar performance at the Allianz Arena, where his side will hoping to lift the trophy on May 19.

“There is no magic formula, so I don’t think Chelsea will play in the final as they did in the semi-finals against Barcelona,” he told Bild.

“The barricade will not be safe with 11 men in front of their own penalty area. I’ll leave it to our scouts to come up with a plan.”

Bayern Munich will be without suspended trio David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo and Holger Badstuber for the final, and Boateng criticised the officials for being too trigger happy in the semi-finals.

“I think that the referee lacked a bit of common sense. The cards were very harsh, and I feel very sorry for the others,” he said.

Boateng said the Premier League and Bundesliga were on a par in terms of quality, even if the English competition was more lucrative.

“The Premier League still has money, but both leagues are on a par,” Boateng said.

Thu 3 May, 2012
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