The time has arrived for the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich — the traditional end to the 2011-12 season. Be sure you know where to watch Chelsea against Bayern Munich on TV. And don’t forget to read our Champions League Final preview, as well as listening to the Champions League Final preview podcast.
FOX Soccer lead studio host, Rob Stone, on whether Bayern Munich is a heavy favorite playing at home:
“Without a doubt Bayern Munich is the favorite. They would have been the favorite even if the game was held at a neutral site. With the form that Bayern Munich is in, and the offensive capability that they have, and with the suspensions that are hitting a majority of the Chelsea starting players, it is beyond fair to say that Bayern Munich is the favorite.”
FOX Soccer analyst and former U.S. Men’s National Team striker, Eric Wynalda, on the match up:
“They are both very good teams, but it will be a different cast of characters in Munich for Chelsea because of the suspensions of several players. That said, [Chelsea] is riding the excitement of a FA Cup win and that will help. On paper right now, with the suspensions that both teams have, it’s going to be a very offensive game. Regardless, it’s going to be a great game and either way there are going to be a lot of goals in this one.”
FOX Soccer analyst and former Newcastle United defender Warren Barton on the game’s most impactful player:
“For me it’s Didier Drogba. I’ve played with people like Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, and Drogba is my type of striker. There are others more technically gifted, but all day long I’ll take Drogba. He’s big, physical and fast, and he knows his way around the goal.”
Chelsea team: Cech; Bosingwa, Cahill, Luiz, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Kalou, Mata, Bertrand; Drogba
Bayern Munich: Neuer – Lahm, Tymoshchuk, Boateng, Contento – Schweinsteiger, Kroos – Robben, Müller, Ribery – Gomez
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