By Hammad Manzoor Shah
The UEFA (The Union of European Football Associations) club season concluded on 19th May 2012 at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, with the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern München (Germany) and Chelsea FC (England) bringing in a lot of morality play in the jumble of daily events for its spectators.
The Spanish economy trembled with crisis when Barça and Real Madrid were out of the Champions League but the game still offered captivation, for the final in the competition was held by their more austere North European competitors.
The build up for Champion League Final was focused on Chelsea’s great performance under the management of Di Matteo and their fabulous win in semi-final against FC Barcelona, but Bayern’s story was just as compelling.
Bayern’s entered the Allianz Arena knowing, that only a victory can quench the ambition of their owner. Chelsea’s motivation had nothing to do with money. Their only currency was pride.
“We have the opportunity to make history,” said Di Matteo and he further added that for the game “you make your own destiny and faith. Chelsea has always done well in reaching the last stages of this competition.”
“Bayern has already made history by becoming the first team to reach the final at their home ground, but now we’re aiming for the crowning glory,” Heynckes said.
As reported in the newspapers, “Both Chelsea and Bayern are knee-deep in preparations for the Saturday’s final. While Chelsea look to round out a severely depleted squad courtesy of injuries and suspensions, Bayern are likewise keeping a close eye on the fitness of a few key men. It looks to be an exciting week for all involved, and if the weather was any indication of Chelsea’s mood heading into the weekend, then certainly a storm is on the horizon.”
Looking at the stats and previews, I conclude that Bayern Munich is favourite but being a Chelsea fan my prayers have always been with Chelsea. Chelsea won 4–3 to clinch their first Champions League title. In doing so, they became the first London club to win the tournament.