By Chris Wright
The Allianz Arena decked out in its pre-Final livery
With just 116,379 seconds or so to go until the Champions League Final kicks-off in Munich tomorrow evening (k/o 19:45 BST), we thought it high time to get some scores on the doors – even the llama’s had his say for Christ’s sake.
Chelsea signing Marko Marin has already backed his new employers to run roughshod all over the Bayern Munich defence if they play positively, just as Borussia Dortmund did in the German Cup Final not so very long ago. Bayern may be well endowed ‘up top’, but there are definitely holes to exploit round the back – something like that anyway.
There are so many question marks regarding Roberto Di Matteo’s approach: Should Chelsea come yomping out of the blocks or play the long game? Who will get the nod to lead the line? Drogba? Torres? Both? Will Gary Cahill and David Luiz be fit to start and cope with Mario Gomez’s hustle? How long will Jose Bosingwa and/or Paulo Ferreira last before being reduced to mush by Ribery and/or Robben? How will Chelsea cope without the suspended Ramires running around like a blue-arsed fly for them? Time will tell.
Anyway, that’s enough spiel for now. Let’s get down to the mucky business of predictions.
Pies says: Bayern Munich 2-2 Chelsea (Munich win on pens)