Champions League Final 2012
This entry was posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2012
– The Managers
With the removing of Rio from the England Euro 2012 squad and the removal of King Kenny’s crown this week, little attention has been placed on the biggest game in club football, taking place this weekend It’s Bayern Munich on home soil against Chelsea and if the bookies have it right, it could be a case of Saturday night fever for Di Matteo’s outsiders.
The Italian has the unusual situation of being unsure of his position, whichever way this game goes. Whatever the result in Munich, he can hold his head up high for ensuring his team navigated their way through to this stage – it is easy to forget he took over a side 3-1 down from the first leg of their round of 16 fixture against Napoli. His Chelsea side have found themselves involved in games with both teams scoring in seven of their last eight European away games which we fancy again – a 1.93 shot on Betfair.
Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes was born the day after Winston Churchill declared the end of the war with Germany but after seeing his side capitulate 5-2 to Dortmund in the German Cup Final last weekend, Heynckes must fear another defeat to the English. He does however know his side have goals in them – they haven’t scored less than two in a Champions League game at the Olympic Arena all season, which makes us interested in the 16/1 Ladbrokes will give you on a 2-2 scoreline.
Whilst England have regularly succumbed to the Germans at International level, our record in European Cup finals is actually rather good. Chelsea, underdogs though they may be, are good enough to emulate Man United 1999, Aston Villa 1982, Notts Forest 1980 and Liverpool 1977 in seeing off German opponents. Back them to lift the trophy at 15/8 with Blue Square.