Finally the season is over. All the clubs in Europe have got their report cards and in the coming months will assess their future plans based on it. However, for Chelsea the case is different. They finished sixth behind Newcastle. Itai??i??s a shame really, given the number of world class player they possess in their armory. Though they have won the FA Cup beating Liverpool, yet taking everything into consideration (their expectations and the amount spent) failing to qualify for Europe is a catastrophe.

Yet, they can play in Europe next season. If and only, they beat their final frontier Bayern Munich on May 19th at the Allianz Arena. The equation is simple ai??i?? you beat them, youai??i??re through next term. Yet, it is not so simple. Not only they have to overcome the German giants in terms of results, but they have to do it in their opponentai??i??s own backyard.

Talking about their opponents, Chelsea must be aware by now who they are about to face. They are four times winner of the European Cup. In terms of pedigree the Londoners come nowhere in comparison. Plus the advantage of playing the finals in their home ground makes them hot favorite to lift the cup. But anything can happen within the next 90 minutes. And even if that is not enough, anything can happen within few extra minutes as well. Ask Bayern for that matter or may be their tormentor of thatAi??night, Manchester United.

Bayern Munich lost the final in 1999 to Manchester United

'That' moment in 1999 Champions league final

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Domestically it has been a season of heart breaks for Bayern. They always looked in a comforted zone chasing last seasonai??i??s winner Borrusia Dortmund for a long part of the season. But, when it actually mattered in tightening the screws they lost the grip. They came second best. The two sides met again in the DFB Pokal (Cup final) and again they had to suffer heart break at the hands of their new nemesis Dortmund.

They canai??i??t afford to drop their third chance in to the basket. They have to win. It is the best ever chance they will get. The chance of lifting the Champions League trophy in front of their home crowdAi??doesn’tAi??come regularly. Even they know that, surely they must know that.

Bayernai??i??s European journey has been prolonged as they had to qualify through play-off rounds. They found themselves sitting in a mix with teams like Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal which was surely the group of death. But death is no threat for the Germans. They qualified quite easily winning four of their six games. Probably from that moment first tinge of optimism was anchored.

They got easy opponents en-route to semifinals. Basel and Marseille didnai??i??t offer enough resistance and the Germans booked a mouth watering date with La Liga Champs Real Madrid. Bayern have a great history against Madrid having never lost any matches on their home turf. Even their overall head to head record is impressive. Heynckesai??i?? side progressed through a nail biting penalty shoot-out. Having knocked out teams from Swiss, France, Spain and it is to be seen whether they can blow the English as well.

Can Bayern take the home advantage?

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On the other hand, it has been an extraordinary fairy tale sort of scenario at London. Chelsea is Chelsea. They donai??i??t know even what they can do. They can be pathetic all season and yet can defeat Barcelona with ten men. They canai??i??t adapt to a new system, yet does well under caretaker managers.

In fact, they probably are the only team in the world whoAi??doesn’tAi??care about their manager any more. The players took the responsibility on their shoulders knowing their future is on the firing line. Ask John Terry, the de-facto manager of Chelsea, who can give instructions in presence of his manager.

But, more than anything else, Chelsea players know that this is the game they canai??i??t afford to lose. They can exchange their lives for it. Again ask John Terry who was inconsolable after missing the penalty in a rain soaking night at Moscow five years back. Forget about the UCL revenue for a while. PlayersAi?? are hardly bothered about that. Those brave souls who will be there in Allianz Arena this coming Saturday, will be fighting for glory and honour. They have come a long way.

They had to beat Valencia to reach the knock out phase. They did it in style when many didnai??i??t expect them to do so. They lost the round of 16, first leg tie away to Napoli and had to overcome a two goal deficit in the return leg. They had hit the rock bottom when the fight back began. In an astonishing way, they defeated one of the most romantic teams of Europe. Their league form was such that critics always saw them with a skeptic eye. Yet, they convincingly defeated Benfica and arranged a semifinal date with last yearai??i??s champion Barcelona. Chelsea need miracles to beat Barcelona, said many. They didnai??i??t need a miracle. They needed only passion, courage and fortitude. Rest we all know.

Having seen the destiny writer playing a see-saw game last Sunday, Chelsea can hope to avoid any such torments. John Terry, the Chelsea skipper will miss the final due to suspension. Few key Chelsea players will also miss the game, but having come this far it doesnai??i??t matter to them. Not anymore.

We have all seen how Karma has been justified for Bayern as Manchester United lost the Premier League title in the most painful way one could imagine. To kiss the glossy plates of the Holy Grail is a dream for anyone. Bayern were so close in 1999 yet so far away. Chelsea were one kick away from that priceless moment of joy, but destiny writer can be cruel at times. Pain is very hard to describe. Europe basks in romantic glory amidst the Araby.

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Read the tactical and statistical analysis of the upcoming Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich here.

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5 Responses to “UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich And Chelsea Face The Biggest Battle Of The Season”

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  1. Kinny says:

    “Chelsea convincingly beat Benfica…” are you sure you remember the game at stamford bridge,where benfica missed a host of chances? You go ahead to say they didn’t need a miracle to beat barca, hitting the post 7 times over 180 minutes, is that passion or fortitude. Have you seen the stats from both legs. Lets get a bit realistic now. Truth is against Napoli,Benfica,Barcelona they depended heavily on their home wins/form. Here they are away against a team that is monstrous at the Allianz.

  2. CFC fan says:

    To Kinny
    well, they did what they had to do…
    they defended so bravely against Barca that even Barca doubted themselves that they will be able to score or not and that’s why they missed.
    talking about home form, Chelsea have not been great at home, but they are a tactically legendary team and their determination and never say die spirit against Napoli and Barca will be an example forever….
    Having said that, there shouldn’t be any doubt why cannot they beat/thrash/rampage bayern

  3. Shivam says:

    kinny, here typifies jobless twats. come back when you have seen the games. fyi, ramires missed a sitter of such enormous proportions agnst benfica, it myt be sufficient to gallop in ur stupid comment. Agnst barcelona, it was everything they deserved, specially after 2009 and the way they defended. we were tactically more superior, end of story

  4. Shivam says:

    They have earned their place in Champions league final, every bit of it. Its up to them now, to make that final effort and lift this trophy. KTBFFH!