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UEFA Champions League Final 2012 Preview

May 18, 2012

Soccer

The stage is set for the 2012 edition of the UEFA Champions League Final. The English Premier League side Chelsea v.s. Bundesliga 1 (Germany) squad Bayern Munich.

The battle for European supremacy will take place in Munich, Germany, at Bayern’s home stadium,  Fußball Arena München aka The Allianz Arena . This was pure coincidence since the finals of the Champions League takes place at a neutral field, but with that being said the location of the event should favor the German side, but this is the biggest stage and crazier things have happened.

Let’s take a preview of tomorrow’s clash of the titans.

How They Got to This Point:

Both squads were not favored to reach the final stage, but did so otherwise. Chelsea had to take out previous champion Barcelona in the semi-final to reach the final, and Bayern Munich had to take out the other Spanish juggernaut Real Madrid.

Suspensions Highlight Final:

Both clubs wins in the semifinals did not come without a price. For the London squad they will find themselves without Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles, and captain John Terry all due to suspensions that occurred within the two game series with Barcelona. Bayern will be without the services of Luiz Gustavo,Holger Badstuber and David Alaba as well due to suspensions.

With the suspensions involving such prominent players on both sides it will be a matter of whose depth and strategy will overcome the adversity of the suspensions.

Di Matteo’s Dilemma, Bayern’s Benefit:

Another story line will be Chelsea’s interim manager Roberto Di Matteo. In what will more than likely be his final game with the club; how will he handle his 15 minutes of fame?

Bayern Munich Midfielder, Arjen Robben.

His main issue will be handling the speed and skill that Bayern posses at the wing. Both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry present a major problem for Di Matteo and Chelsea. This problem is multiplied with the fact that Ramires is suspended for the game. The Brazilian has been solid on both sides of the ball during the 2012 Campaign; and without him the prospects for stopping the dynamic duo look very bleak for the Blues of West London.

Likewise Bayern Munich Manager, Jupp Heynckes will be sure to emphasize wing play for the Bavarians.

Drogba’s Chelsea Farewell?:

Chelsea will not be without their weapons either, most notably Didier Drogba who could being playing his last game for the Blues. At 34, and rumors of a transfer to China, this could be his moment to be amongst the greats.

Chelsea Center-Forward Didier Drogba.

There is no doubt Drogba will have the spotlight on him, albeit for all the wrong reasons. In the 2008 Champions League Final the Ivory Coast native was sent off in extra-time due to an incredibly ill-advised love tap of Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidić,

With that being said Drogba’s play in the 2012 Champions League thus far has been superb, and he is their best bet to over take the German Powerhouse.

Predictions:

As stated before with the game being played in Munich this presents a huge advantage for Bayern. They will be essentially playing a home game for all of the marbles, and that is one advantage you can’t strategize for. It will be up to the Chelsea players to take the crowd of the game. If not it could be a night to forget for the blues.

The suspensions also favor the Bavarians overall. John Terry’s leadership and skill will be irreplaceable and if things go bad early look for Chelsea to implode. However, Gustavo’s absence in central defense may bring a lot of opportunity for Drogba and could end up being key if Chelsea is to win.

In the end the wing play of Bayern will be too much for Chelsea. Wether it is an assault of crosses from the two wingers to forward Mario Gomez, or fantastic individual play from the two; the West Londoners will have their hands full, and Heynckes will have his options plenty in which how to attack.

Final Score: Bayern Munich 3- Chelsea 1.

Agree or Disagree? sound off on the comments section below!

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22-year-old Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts Major at Central Michigan University. The jack of all trades for TheFarmClub.net.

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3 Comments on “UEFA Champions League Final 2012 Preview”

  1. Chris Says:

    Such a good game! Drogba is the man.

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  2. Stefan Jagot Says:

    That they did, but lost a lot in getting that win. It really is a battle of who can win with what they got, and with Bayern having two of the best wing players in the world I can’t see how Chelsea will stop them having key defenders out.

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  3. Chris Bolio Says:

    I would love to see Chelsea take this game. They took out such a powerhouse team to get to this point, and I would be awesome to see Drogba do something fantastic in his last outing for the club. I’m going to say Chelsea 3 – Munich 2

    Reply

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