There was never any doubting the calibre of Chelsea’s squad this season although they seemed to lose their way under Andre Villas-Boas and we all know how impatient Roman Abramovich can be! It does appear as though the Russian acted at the right time, with Roberto Di Matteo engineering a victory over Napoli before further triumphs against Benfica and Barcelona.
Now the west London side are in Munich to try and achieve the impossible, with the bookies offering a best price 18/5 (BetVictor free bets) that Chelsea manage to get the job done in ninety minutes, something that would be quite an achievement at the Allianz Arena.
They enter the lion’s den when playing Bayern on their own patch, although there will be just as many Chelsea supporters as German fans and there are several big game players in the team including the battering ram that is Didier Drogba, while we can also be sure that the Ivorian will spend a fair degree of time on the deck.
This could be Drogba’s final game in a blue shirt and the striker is a 10/1 shot to score the first goal of the match against a Bayern team who were whipped 5-2 by Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final last weekend.
That defeat along with Dortmund claiming the Bundesliga title means that Jupp Heynckes’ team need to win Saturday’s contest to avoid finishing the season without silverware, something that would be regarded as a major disappointment.
Bayern came out of the traps flying this term and won a group consisting of Manchester City, Napoli and Villarreal, while we should also note that they triumphed over two legs against Real Madrid so perhaps this has been their main priority all along, with Munchen a 5/6 chance (Paddy Power) to win in ninety minutes.
Talking of Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker have got a generous offer for the final where they will refund losing bets on selected markets if Chelsea lift the trophy and we might well see the game go to extra-time and penalties.
However, the plain fact is that Bayern have the attacking weaponry to make this a difficult night for a Blues team missing John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, with Gary Cahill and David Luiz likely to struggle in their quest to keep Mario Gomez quiet.
The German striker was once regarded as a donkey, although has plundered an incredible 40 goals this season and will get a regular supply line from Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, something that makes him a value proposition at 9/2 to score first.