Has fate killed Bayern’s chances? Will lady luck continue to kiss Chelsea on both cheeks? The football Addict predicts the outcome of the Champions League Final based on the ‘omens’.
Thirty two teams went into the pot when the Champions League draw for the group stage took place in Monaco and now only two of them remain – FC Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC.
Defeat in the final is no stranger to these two teams; Bayern losing the final twice (in the current format), most recently against Inter Milan at the Santiago Bernabéu in 2010, while the words Moscow 08’ brings heartbreak and tears to Chelsea fans as their team were literally inches (maybe 2 inches) away from creating history by winning the competition for the very first time.
As these two teams battle in the Allianz Arena, there will be a separate London Derby taking place in England. With Chelsea not finishing in the top 4, their only chance of playing Champions League football next season is by winning the Champions League this season. This will ensure their participation in next year’s competition at the expense of Tottenham; something that North London rivals Arsenal will enjoy to the fullest.
This might be the last chance for some of Chelsea’s Golden Oldies to taste success on the European front, something I am sure they wouldn’t want to miss as some of their performances have suggested. Their comeback against Napoli, their stroll in the park against Benfica and their 3-2 aggregate win over what was said to be the best club side ever – FC Barcelona; have clearly shown that on their day they have what it takes to beat the best of teams.
Paul the Octopus has predicted the results of matches in the past, but as Paul passed away in Germany (the host of this year’s CL final) on October 2010, we have predicted the “Footballing Gods” to haunt the Bavarians this time around.
In 2010, Chelsea won the FA Cup, Manchester United finished second in the League, Arsenal finished third and Tottenham finished in fourth place. Blackpool too reached the Play-Off final and gained promotion to the Premier League. But the most important result – Bayern Munich were beaten in the Champions League Final.
To top it all off – the team that beat Bayern in the final wore blue that night. The blues of Chelsea will surely hope for a Déjà vu.
History has also taught us that the team with the tougher fixture in the semi-final tends to win the final.
Manchester United had the easier semi-final in both 2009 and 2011 and lost the final on both occasions. Although Chelsea beat Liverpool after extra-time in 2008, the Manchester United side that won the competition had to face a Barca side in the semi-final that contained the likes of Eto’o, Henry, Messi, Deco, Xavi and Iniesta. Inter Milan too had to dig real deep in 2010 to reach the final and their efforts resulted in them being crowned European Champions.
This season while Bayern did have to go beyond extra-time to win on penalties against Real Madrid, Chelsea made a miraculous comeback with 10 men at the Nou Camp in what will go down as one of the best fight-backs in Champions League history.
Barcelona has literally been the stepping stone for success for many teams in Europe. On the previous 3 occasions the team that has managed to beat the Catalans in the semi-finals has gone on to lift the Cup – Real Madrid (2002), Manchester United (2008) and Inter Milan (2010) have done it, so can Chelsea continue the trend?
The goal scoring charts also point towards a Déjà vu of the Bayern defeat in 2010 final. The 2010 Premier League Golden Boot winner Didier Drogba finished the season with 37 goals in all competitions the exact number of goals that Robin Van Persie has scored this season (2012 PL Top Scorer).
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe twice; the first was in 2010 and the second is this season. Bayern will now surely lose to Chelsea to continue the trend…
Great achievements require sacrifices. The one that springs to every football fan’s mind is Roy Keane’s heroics at the Stadio delle Alpi when he dragged his Manchester United side into the final (that he was bound to miss due to suspension). United went on to defeat Bayern Munich in the final to give Ferguson his first taste of Champions League success. Chelsea fans would clearly place Barcelona conqueror Ramires in the same category as his goal helped 10-man Chelsea march into the final. They will now hope that their Ramires-less side too is able to beat Bayern Munich in their own backyard.
Now for the funny part, well at least for the Chelsea fans – The last time Bayern lost the final of the Champions League, the winning team had a Portuguese manager in charge at the start of the season (Mourinho at Inter in 2010). Didn’t Chelsea start this season with a Portuguese Coach at the helm?
A narrow Chelsea victory – Frank Lampard (Chelsea’s only goal scorer in a CL Final) beating Manuel Neuer and the goal actually being given.
– by Rohit Shankarmani