A preview of the UEFA Champions League final 2012 between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
Road to the Final
The moment that we have been waiting for has finally come, now we are counting hours and minutes to the finale in Munich.
Didier Drogba says: “Nobody expected us to be there at the beginning of the season, but I think we did everything to reach the finals”
Comparing our start to this season, no one can believe that we are in UEFA Champions league and by eliminating such top class clubs like Barcelona, Benfica and Napoli in the Journey.
There is always a room for a change, and it always happen when we make the right choices. Chelsea made the right choice to give the job to Roberto Di Matteo, and now we are one hand on a historic Champions League victory. To win trophies of such top level, you have to defeat the best teams and Chelsea have managed to do it, so we deserve to win it and we are going for it.
Di Matteo talks on the final: “I do believe our players have all the
qualities you need to win this
competition those qualities have taken us to this event here and I am very positive and very confident.”
Head to Head Stats
-Chelsea is undefeated in the last five matches in UEFA Champions League.
-Chelsea have scored first in all 11 previous Champions League games.
-Chelsea have won one and drawn two of our seven away European matches against German teams.
-Chelsea have now join the list of English clubs to have made 2 or more European Cup/Champions League finals appearances. Liverpool, Manchester United and Nottingham Forest together with Chelsea are only teams to make the most appearances.
-Bayern have won seven consecutive home matches en route to the final.
-Bayern have won one and lost two
of three previous finals against
-Bayern win would make Jupp
Heynckes the 19th coach to have won the Cup twice, after his 1998
success with Real Madrid.
-Bayern have won 13 of their
last 14 European home games.
- This is the sixth European Cup
final between German and
English teams. And only once have the Germans won.
-The last four European Cup finals between English and German teams
have been won by the English club. The most recent was in 1999, Man Utd 2-1 Bayern Munich.
-Five Champions League finals have
gone to penalties – the most recent
being the painful one in Moscow in
-The last time Chelsea and Bayern met in the Champions League was back in 2005 quarter finals when Chelsea won it 6-5 on Aggregate, Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all featured.
A defensive boost for us towards the final, as our defenders David Luiz and Gary Cahill took part in all training sessions this week and they are available for selection after the recovering from injuries. Meanwhile, Malouda is also expected to make a return after he was assessed in the team’s final training session in Munich on friday.
Chelsea will be without Captain John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles who all are suspended.
And options for Di Matteo on who to put in front today, both Drogba and Torres available. Also Michael Essien and Mikel could start on the defensive midfield role with Frank
Lampard, Juan Mata Kalou on the attacking role.
Bayern will be without Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba who are all Suspended.
Bayern’s Diego Contento is likely to play at left-back with Lahm on the right. While their attack will be lead by Mario Gomez, Ribery and Arjen Robben with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Muller on midfield.
Chelsea team: Cech, Cole, Cahill, Luiz, Bosingwa, Mikel, Essien, Lampard, Mata, Kalou and Drogba.
Bayern team: Neuer, Contento, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ribery, Muller, Robben and Gomez.
The game will be played today on 19 May 2012 (kick off at 20:45 local time, 18:45 GMT) at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. And the referee is Pedro Proença (Portugal).
Keep believing wherever you are. Up the Chels!