Champions League Final 2012: Chelsea v Bayern Munich Football Tickets

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL 2012 – Chelsea v Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich host Chelsea in Saturday’s Champions League final. Chelsea arrived in the Bavarian capital hoping to become Champions of Europe at Munich’s sold-out Allianz Arena. The last time Chelsea reached the Champions League final in 2008 they lost on penalties to Manchester United with striker Didier Drogba dismissed in extra time for a slap on United defender Nemanja Vidic.

Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League after the club lifted the FA Cup and defeated Barcelona on the way to the Champions League final. New Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has breathed new life into the team.

Bayern won a penalty-shoot-out in Spain to beat Real Madrid in the last four.

Chelsea has a place in European football history, and next season’s competition, to play for on Saturday. After nine straight seasons among Europe’s elite, Chelsea’s sixth-place finish in the Premier League means its entry to next season’s Champions League is dependant on them winning their first European Cup.

Didier Drogba may start ahead of Fernando Torres in Chelsea’s upcoming clash with Bayern Munich.

Chelsea FC will be missing captain John Terry, who was sent off against Barcelona, and midfielders Raul Meireles, Ramires and defender Branislav Ivanovic are also suspended. David Luiz and Gary Cahill will be available as well.

Bayern Munich are bidding to become the first team since Inter Milan at San Siro in 1965 to win the European title on home soil. The Bavarians were defeated 5-2 by league champions Dortmund in last weekend’s German Cup final and finished second in the Bundesliga League. Bayern will be without suspended trio Holger Badstuber, David Alaba and Luiz Gustavo.

“After Moscow, most of us thought we were going to get into the final the next year. But you can see it’s very difficult to reach a final,” said Didier Drogba.

“It shows how much we deserve to be there this time because it’s been a few years.

“We did a great job to get past Barcelona but we have to do one more. Now it’s one more game to win.”

Likewise, Bayern winger Franck Ribery knows the pain of missing out: in the 2010 campaign, his red card in the semi-final against Lyon saw him suspended for the final as the Bavarians lost 2-0 in Madrid to Inter.

“It wasn’t a good situation for me two years ago and I felt bad about it,” said the Frenchman.

“I’ve often thought back to 2010. I can make up for the missed final because I have a second chance.

“The final in Munich means I can finally banish the memory of Madrid.”

“I didn’t think I’d get this second chance so soon,” Franck told magazine Kicker magazine.

“I wanted us to get as far as possible this season, but I never thought we’d really battle through to the final.

“The final in Munich, it’s unbelievable, but I think we deserve to be there.

“I hope we all join forces, turn in a great performance against Chelsea, and win the cup. That would be terrific.”

“I’m already 29, so who knows whether I’ll appear in another final,” added Ribery, with Bayern aiming to lift their fifth European title overall and second Champions League victory since 2001.

“If we win on Saturday it would be historic, so we have to give everything. We should be exhausted afterwards.”

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