Friday, September 22, 2017

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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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cloud
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cloud

.. i bet Chelsea will win due to the simple truth that they beat Barca at Camp Nou with only ten men. Their coach said IT’S ABOUT DETERMINATION. Home ground advantage means nothing to Chelsea, they weren’t intimidated one bit at Camp Nou and no matter what people say that Chelsea plays with 10 men in defense as long as they win, it’s enough.

Brad
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Chelsea. They deserve it for knocking out Barca. Unbelievable, I thought that when the Blues won at Stamford Bridge all they had done is wake up a giant.

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Anthony

CHELSEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! I DOOO BELIEVE IN MIRACLES AND ITS NOW THEIR YEARR!!!!!! smile smile smile

cloud
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cloud

.. the Barca fans of this website has proved to everybody their immaturity. Since Barca has been knocked out, they all become silent. Not even celebrating for the feat of Bayern and Chelsea for reaching the Finals.

Great Igiekhume
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Great Igiekhume

In spite of the hurdle in the shape of Bayern,I see the Chelsea spirit claiming the trophy this term.

Brad
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Cloud, correction: all of them except for Don is silent.

DONEGOZIEAKU EMMAUEL
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When in drem I said chelsea defit berca in semi final gods of football in follow them the will win The troph

DONEGOZIEAKU EMMAUEL
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But today match chelsea will defit the match ok then I put chelsea player in pray so that they will come in champion leg in next season

DONEGOZIEAKU EMMAUEL
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I went to say this to fan I want all of u let us come and support chelsea pls they will this match as fear as u belive God is with us every will they in control ok

cloud
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cloud

.. thanks for the correction brad, hehe.

.. anyway, a win for either side will be historical. If Munich wins, Jupp Heynckes will be the third coach to win a UCL crown with two different countries. And if Chelsea lifts the trophy, it will be their first.

.. but the question remains: IF Chelsea is successful will they keep De Matteo as coach ?? Or would they lure Pep to London ??

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