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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Champions League Final match

Bayern Munich vs  Chelsea  

 Chelsea's date with destiny: the occasion when their Roman empire can finally achieve its aim. Comrade Abramovich fell in love with football when famously watching a Champions League match and everything since arriving at Stamford Bridge has been aimed at the lifting of that famously oversized trophy, the European Cup.

He has been within an inch of the post, a slip of Luzhniki sod, and for a time that had looked like his last chance. An ever-revolving cast-list of coaches has been and gone since John Terry's moment of truth in Moscow. Since then, the players who took them to the brink of a dream becoming reality have aged and agued.

This was supposed to be a season of rebuilding. A young coach with new ideas was hired to sweep out the old guard. Yet they remain, and Andre Villas-Boas is jobless, only recently reappearing as a possible suitor for the vacant Liverpool position. Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech take their place, but the suspended Terry will not, as penance for his stupidity in the Nou Camp.

So, a bittersweet night for "Mr Chelsea" himself even if he does get to lift the trophy. Should that happen, then his team-mates will have bailed him out against the odds, though that has been the timbre of their campaign so far. Napoli, Benfica and especially Barcelona were all fancied to beat them, but were seen off. 

Sours from soccernet http://soccernet.espn.go.com/preview/_/id/341104?cc=3888

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