After nearly a year of exciting European football, it has come down to this. German champions Bayern Munich, coached by Louis van Gaal, will battle it out against Italian champions Inter Milan, coached by Jose ” The Special One” Mourinho at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Game :- FC Bayern Munich vs Inter Milan
Competition :- Champions League Final
Date :- Saturday, May 22, 2010
Venue :- Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
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Bayern have progressed from strength to strength after a poor start to the season. Around MatchDay 4, it looked very unlikely that the Bavarian giants would even make it to the knockout stages, but a couple of good wins, coupled with two bad off days for Juventus, allowed them to reach the Round of 16.
A suspiciously offside looking goal allowed them to overcome Fiorentina in the pre-quarters. Manchester United awaited them in the next round and Bayern looked dead and buried in the return leg when United lead 3-0. However fate was again with them as Rafael’s sending off reduced United to ten men. Bayern managed to score twice and reached the finals on the away goals rule.
Bayern Munich form- last five fixtures- Bayern scorers in brackets–
Gladbach 1-1 Bayern Munich ( Miroslav Klose)
Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich ( Ivica Olic *3)
Bayern Munich 3-1 VfL Bochum ( Thomas Muller*3)
Hertha 1-3 Bayern Munich ( Ivica Olic, Arjen Robben *2)
Werder Bremen 0-4 Bayern Munich ( Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic, Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger)
Fact :- Franck Ribery is suspended for the final
Inter are on course to do a historic treble. The Nerazzurri have already done the league and Cup double in Italy and will start as slight favourites at the Bernabeu after eliminating holders Barcelona in the last four.
Inter boss Jose Mourinho is being widely rumoured to join Real Madrid in the summer and will be keen to impress his prospective employers who will be watching him from the stands at the Bernabeu.
Inter Milan form- last five games- Inter scorers in brackets
Barcelona 1-0 Inter Milan
Lazio 0-2 Inter ( Walter Samuel, Thiago Motta)
Inter 1-0 Roma ( Diego Milito)
Inter 4-3 Chievo ( Chievo OG, Diego Milito, E.Cambiasso, Mario Balotelli)
Siena 0-1 Inter ( Diego Milito)
Verdict :- Jose Mourinho has already said that the Champions League is bigger than the World Cup for him. Few people know him better than Van Gaal- Mourinho was Van Gaal’s assistant at Barcelona several years ago. Luck has favoured Bayern at several stages this competition, and I think they’ll be able to beat Inter.
Bayern Munich 2-1 Inter ( Robben, Olic/ Cambiasso)
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