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Chelsea vs Benfica, Europa League Final: Open Thread

europa league final ball 600x449 Chelsea vs Benfica, Europa League Final: Open Thread

Chelsea today are just win away from joining an elite group of teams who have won all three European trophies — the UEFA Champions League, European Cup Winner’s Cup and UEFA Cup/Europa League.

With the kick-off at 2:45pm ET, the match will be shown live on US television via FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go.

In team news for Chelsea, John Terry is out injured and doesn’t even make the bench. Fernando Torres starts up front for the Blues.

Chelsea starting XI: Ćech; Azpilicueta, Ivanović, Cahill, Cole; David Luiz, Lampard; Ramires, Mata, Oscar; Torres.

Benfica starting XI: Artur; Almeida, Luisão, Garay, Melgarejo; Pérez, Matić, Gaitán, Salvio; Rodrigo, Cardozo.

Join the conversation with football supporters from around the world in the comments section below.

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21 Responses to Chelsea vs Benfica, Europa League Final: Open Thread

  1. San Franciscan says:

    Would like to see Benfica win, but I don’t see it happening.

  2. Smokey Bacon says:

    After watching Fergie’s retirement party, Roman Abramovich has commissioned a bronze statue in honor of Rafa Benitez, now one of Chelsea’s longest serving managers. The statue will be unveiled at Rafa’s final home game on Sunday. It will be positioned in front of the Chelsea dugout and feature Rafa wearing an apron and carrying a tray of drinks.

  3. cmasia says:

    Studio commentary from L.A.?
    For a European Final?

    I know FOX has used studio guys throughout the competition…

    But the Final?

  4. Marc L says:

    These Benfica kits are really cool in a retro ’80′s sort of way.

  5. James says:

    Benfica have bossed the game so far and could have been a couple of goals ahead. Chelsea need to get back in the game quickly.

  6. The Gaffer says:

    Pretty open game so far, which is surprising. Chelsea look dodgy in defense. Must be nerves.

    The Gaffer

  7. christian says:

    Benitez wants this victory more than his players. They’ve got Champions League sewn up for next year and are more than likely exhausted at this point. Benitez with this victory could have a lot to hang his hat on.

  8. James says:

    Chelsea look tired and are second best so far. All those games played this season is finally catching up to them as well as injuries. They will be happy to be level at halftime so let’s see what Benitez does in the second half. Victor Moses might be needed to add some pace and with no Ba available Torres is all Chelsea have as a striker.

  9. brn442 says:

    So, is this silly music they play in Europe after each goal here to stay?

  10. brn442 says:

    Lampaaaaaard. Good God man.

  11. christian says:

    Rafa should be a hot commodity now no?

  12. Guy says:

    Sing along Chelsea fans….Ohh, Ra-fa Ben-i-tez! :-)

  13. Mufc77 says:

    Only chelski fans could win the Europa league and sing “campions of Europe we know what we are”

  14. brn442 says:

    Benitez is a pathetic choice to win you a league – he’ll by 80 players and still ask for more transfer funds but when it comes to cup runs and one-offs, he is the best manager in Europe at setting up his team to punch above their weight.

  15. David says:

    What a terrific second half and what an ending. Agony for Benfica again. They lost their unbeaten record and possibly title to Porto from a last minute goal to lose 2-1 and again tonight the same thing.

    This game should have gone to extra time but once again if you convert your chances you will win.

    Excellent Europa League final. Maybe this final might make more people interested in the tournament in the future.

    You’ve got to hand it to Benitez. Did not make a single substitution and kept his tactics and shape. The guy definitely knows how to coach in Europe. Should be able to get a good job now. Last time he won the Europa League with Valencia he next became Liverpool’s manager. Now where to next?

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