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Who will win the Champions League final?

So Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will contest the Champions League final in Munich, oh wait a second it’s not the Spanish giants who will contest the final, but in fact Chelsea and Bayern Munich. How did that happen?

Underdogs

Both Chelsea and Bayern Munich went into their clashes with Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively as massive underdogs.

The pair was playing against arguably the best teams in Europe and wasn’t given much hope of progressing.

Yet the German and English sides triumphed against all the odds. Bayern were defeated 2-1 in Madrid in the second leg but won the tie on penalties. Chelsea came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at the Nou Camp in their leg and progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Spirit

The one thing in common these two teams had was the spirit that they showed in defeating their Spanish opponents. Although Bayern showed more attacking intent at the Bernabeu than Chelsea did at the Nou Camp, they both showed exceptional spirit to progress past the teams considered the favourites for the trophy.

Advantage

Bayern Munich will have a major advantage for the final with the game being played at their home ground the Allianz Arena. They won’t have to travel and more Bayern fans are likely to be in the stadium than Chelsea fans simply because the game is being played in Munich.

Bayern also have the advantage of facing a Chelsea team without four of their regular starters. Captain John Terry, Raul Meireles, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires will all miss the showcase through suspension.

Bayern will also be missing three players in David Alaba, Luis Gustavo and Holger Badstuber. However I don’t think their losses will be as significant as Chelsea’s will be.

It’s a massive shame for Chelsea and the game that they will be missing key players but the Blues will have to claim victory the hard way, just as they have done throughout the competition.

Destiny

As I wrote in an article earlier this week it seems that it is Chelsea’s destiny to win this seasons Champions League. They have had massive slices of luck along the way but it seems they are destined to pick up the trophy on 19th May.

Interim boss Roberto Di Matteo has been described as a lucky boss. Surely not even Di Matteo believed that his side could go so far when he took over from Andre Villas-Boas. They are now ninety minutes away from making history.

Talented

Chelsea still have talented players in their ranks, despite the absentees. Striker Didier Drogba proved that there is still life in the old Drog yet with his performances against Barcelona. The Champions League final looks set to be his Chelsea swansong with his contract expiring in the summer.

The likes of Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard had been written-off in the past. However they have found a new lease of life under Di Matteo and have shown against Barca that they can still compete against the best.

Bayern have some exceptional talent in their team as well. Wingers Franck Ribery and former-Chelsea star Arjen Robben have the talent to cause any team problems.

Then there is goal machine Mario Gomez. The German international striker has already scored 38 goals in all competitions this season, including 13 in the Champions League. The 26 year-old is the main focal point of the Bayern attack and with John Terry missing it’s going to be difficult for the Chelsea defence to contain the big striker.

Difficult

Its difficult to separate these two teams at the moment. Bayern have to be considered favourites because of the amount of key Chelsea players missing for the clash and the fact that they are playing the game on home soil.

However the Blues have shown that when their backs are against the wall they have the team spirit to come out fighting and get a result. This Champions League campaign has been amazing and all I am hope for as a football fan is a good game of football between two outstanding teams. Roll on 19th May!

 Who will claim the Champions League trophy on 19th May?

Thu 26 April, 2012
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74 Comments:

  1. cloud says:

    .. haokip, i wouldn’t be too harsh on Di Matteo. Let’s not forgot that Sir Alex blew out an 8 point lead and surrendered their Title to Manchester City. This has been a very crazy season in the EPL.

    .. Remember that Chelsea had a coach that has won trophies before in the form of VILLAS-BOAS, he was already a champion but he never won the respect of his Blues players.

    .. this is the same situation as Avram Grant before, he was also a care-taker coach after they sacked Jose, but they reached the FINALS that year but was defeated and so Roman didn’t give Grant the chance to be a full time coach and they got Scolari, but they didn’t achieved anything with him ( scolari ).

    .. Di Matteo has at least earned the respect of his players, so it’s a safe bet to let him stay.

  2. russ ru says:

    “Bayern will also be missing three
    players in David Alaba, Luis Gustavo
    and Holger Badstuber. However I
    don’t think their losses will be as
    significant as Chelsea’s will be.” any neutral will disagree i hope. Have watched alaba play and he’s for me the best young player i’ve seen in a really REALLY long time. Trust me his absence will be felt! Can compare his heart to that of ramires of chelsea. Desire and will to win

  3. Roy Smith says:

    russ, I really hope you’re right on that one. I see very little chance in a Chelsea victory unless Luiz can fulfil his promise and be fit for Saturday.

  4. Haokip says:

    Bayern should win and they will because chelsea do not deserve it

  5. Brad says:

    oh yeah, because defense is so ugly, and yet even more critical than offense.

  6. cloud says:

    .. I’m typing this after the referee blew the 2nd half of extra time. Now we’re on penalty shoot out.

    .. sorry, but i have to say this: DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL WON TONIGHT. I don’t care if Chelsea gets beaten in the PK shoot out, on regular and extra time, they held back tide upon tide of Bayern’s attack. Again, defense won over offense in this year UCL Finals.

  7. cloud says:

    .. oh shit, CHELSEA WON !!!!! Great day for defensive football !!!!

    .. Brad, russ, roy ………. hope you’re doing your celebrating right now mates coz i’m sure i am. beers for you mates. don’t worry Brad, forget your age, drink beer and get wasted tonight.. hehehe

    .. as a neutral, I’m happy Chelsea won. the OLD DOGS WON !!!!!

  8. Roy Smith says:

    cloud, I don’t need a beer to be singing songs naked outside of a pub. Chelsea winning has made me do that already, and all I’ve had to drink today is water. I’d write more but my tears of joy are making the screen all blurry.

    Cheers everyone, and we Blues will see everyone in the Champions League next time ’round!

  9. Brad says:

    wow. . . Chelsea got it. That proves it: “offense sells tickets, defense wins championships.”

  10. Haokip says:

    It proves nothing…it shows you how much ‘luck’ can play a role in making chelsea one of the most undeserving winners of the champions league

  11. Haokip says:

    It proves nothing…it shows you how much ‘luck’ can play a role in making chelsea one of the most undeserving winners of the champions league. The way chelsea played in the final they did’nt even defend well,it was all down to poor finishing from bayern and extreme good-luck for chelsea….chelsea still do not deserve it

  12. cloud says:

    .. undeserving you say ??? If Bayern won it and also thru PK shoot out, do they deserve it better than Chelsea, guess not.

    .. sourgrapes are everywhere now ….

    .. but nevermind that, Chelsea won fair and square with defensive football. THEY DESERVE THIS !!!!

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  14. Haokip says:

    Surely bayern would have been the deserving winners…and i’m sure if you asked all those neutral fans who saw the match they would agree that bayern were much better than ‘chelsea defensive club'(cdc)not cfc

  15. Brad says:

    Just because a certain team deserves the win more doesn’t mean they’ll win it.

    And of course, luck plays a part in anything and everything. But defense is still key. And when someone wins, there’s no point in going into the “what if?” realm about who “coulda, woulda, shoulda” so stop being so sour.

  16. Chelseasyd says:

    I think Chelsea will win the champions league on penalties anyone want a bet?

  17. vinny says:

    aaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaa mahaters it won we are the champions

  18. LEN DAVEY EXETER says:

    just as i predicted
    Chelsea on penalties
    i also wil predict both Exeter City and Hansa Rostock will be promoted next season.

  19. Royal Oak Nadderwater says:

    Bavaria were robbed

  20. Nigel Tabb Exeter says:

    Cracking final

  21. Nigel Tabb Exeter says:

    taped have watched it over 20 times.

  22. Royal Oak Nadderwater says:

    Arsenal will win it next year

  23. Royal Oak Nadderwater says:

    with our new sighning no one wil sop us.

  24. Oybek says:

    no one wil stop us from defending to death and wishing for a world of luck and we have one problem, though. How the heck can we teach Hulk and Hazard in our penalty box?

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