Inter succeeded in defending their Serie A title after winning against Siena in the last round of league fixtures. Once again the hero was Diego Milito who has left his mark by scoring the winner against Siena after hitting the winning striker against Roma in the Coppa Italia final.
The Nerazzurri have been consistent in recent weeks and their efficiency was visible in the two-legged clash against Barcelona. Inter were able to overcome Barca 3-2 on aggregate after limiting the Catalans to a 1-0 win at the Camp Nou in the return leg of the Champions League semi-final. The outspoken Jose Mourinho admitted beating Barca was the greatest achievement of his managerial career and he will now turn his attention to completing the job by aiming for a win in Madrid to secure a historic treble for Inter. The Nerazzurri have a strong defensive line led by Brazilian duo Maicon and Lucio while their midfield is run by Esteban Cambiasso and playmaker Wesley Sneijder. In attack they have hero Milito as well as the experienced Samuel Eto’o who has scored in the Champions League final before.
As for Bayern Munich, the players have succeeded in winning the Bundesliga and then added the DFB-Pokal after crushing Werder Bremen 4-0 in the final this weekend. The unstoppable Arjen Robben and the threat posed by Franck Ribery have been key to securing the domestic double and reaching the Champions League final. Ribery will most likely miss the final in Madrid unless his suspension is overturned a couple of days before the highly anticipated match. In his absence the responsibility of creating the scoring opportunities and providing the inspiration will fall upon the unpredictable Dutchman Robben.
While some might argue Inter were challenged till the end by Roma and have had to deal with tougher opposition in Europe since they played Barcelona on four occasions, Bayern made a remarkable return in the Bundesliga after a slow start when coach Louis van Gaal was close to being sacked with reports claiming the Bavarian club’s management was unhappy with the results early in the season. Next Saturday Bayern will have the opportunity to complete a historic treble and despite missing Ribery they will still be a dangerous team since they tend to play as a unit as opposed to individuals. Clearly Robben has the freedom to roam and move around in order to create and score from various parts of the pitch.
Having limited Barca star Lionel Messi in the two matches of the semi-final clash it will be hard to bet against the Nerazzurri succeeding in putting the clamps on the dangerous Dutchman Robben. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid player is having one of the best seasons in his career and will be looking to clinch the coveted European trophy in order to finish the remarkable season on a high note.