Is Didier Drogba overrated
Old guard against the "real" Gomez
The Champions League final between FC Bayern Munich and FC Chelsea will take place on Saturday (8.15 p.m. in LIVE-TICKER). SPOX follows the two teams during the days leading up to the final. Didier Drogba doesn't want to go home empty-handed again, David Luiz is particularly looking forward to Mario Gomez, and Arjen Robben is particularly hot. And: For Jean-Marie Pfaff, Manuel Neuer is not yet a great goalkeeper.
Didier Drogba is looking forward to another chance
Storm tank Didier Drogba is hot for the final. After losing the final in 2008, the Ivorian now wants to finally lift the Champions League pot in the late autumn of his career. "After Moscow we thought we would get to the final next year too. But that's the Champions League. It's very difficult to get to a final and I think that shows how much we deserved the final this year . "
Chelsea CL experienced than Bayern
The "old guard" of Chelsea around Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba actually lives up to their name. The average age of the eleven players who are expected to start against Bayern is 27.64 years, Bayern's only 25.82 years. With a total of 547 appearances in the Champions League (on average: 49.73), the Blues are ahead of the Bayern professionals who have so far collected 394 (35.82) games. On the other hand, Munich are slightly ahead in the international matches (545: 492 / average: 49.55: 44.73).
Job offer for Di Matteo
What will become of interim coach Roberto Di Matteo after the final is uncertain. It seems clear that the native Swiss needs a victory in order to have a chance of a continued employment with the Blues. If that doesn't work out, there should already be someone interested in the 41-year-old. At Lazio coach Edy Reja has said goodbye. Now the club should be ready to pull Di Matteo out of London. Gianfranco Zola is also in discussion at the Klose Club.
David Luiz vs. Mario Gomez
On Saturday, the Brazilian international David Luiz will probably face Bayern goal-getter Mario Gomez in the central defense of Chelsea. Nothing new for the 25-year-old. "I've already played against Gomez - on the Play-Station", the curly-haired admitted and also explained his popularity with the fans of the blues. "They love my hair. The fans deserve that the players always come up to them before and after the games and say 'Hi' or 'Hello'. I hope it's as special for them as it is for me, I want to know them let how much I appreciate her. "
Seals back in training after a cold
Arjen Robben, who last stopped training for two days, feels fit for the final in the Allianz Arena. "I had a bit of a cold," said the Dutch international, "but I just had to be careful not to waste my energy. If I don't have a temperature of 40 or 41 degrees, I'll be on the pitch." The 28-year-old completed a 45-minute session on Thursday. "I'm fine," he reassured the fans afterwards.
You are more motivated than two years ago. In the 2010 final against Inter Milan, the situation was "completely different": "We had a successful season there. We had two titles and were in a positive mood," said Robben. Now there is only "this one price. It is more than a stimulus. We have to win the title." Regarding the biggest difference between Uli Hoeneß and Roman Abramowitsch, Robben said: "One of them has a little more money."
Pfaff: "Newer not yet a world-class keeper"
After the semi-final against Real, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was praised by everyone over the green clover. Ironically, ex-Bayern keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff expressed himself more cautiously in an interview about the qualities of the 26-year-old. Regarding Neuer's mistake in the DFB Cup final against Dortmund, the Belgian said: "If you lose 5-2 in the end, you shouldn't overestimate such a mistake. But Manuel Neuer is not yet in the circle of world-class goalkeepers. He is a good goalkeeper, but not yet a world-class goalkeeper, if you ask me. He still has a lot to prove. I have a lot of respect for him, but you just have to tell the boy where he still has a lot to learn. "
Lion coach mason diplomatic
Reiner Maurer, coach at local rivals 1860, will also be in the stadium on Saturday and spoke diplomatically in advance about Bayern's chances. "It is definitely good for German football when Bayern wins. For our sixty fans it was nice that the Reds had to take a lot nationally," said the Allgäu of the "TZ". The game is not an absolute must for him: "Now, if I don't see it, I don't have the impression that I would be missing something very important," Maurer told the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".
Locked but still right in the middle
Holger Badstuber and David Alaba will be absent from the final due to their yellow bans. Nonetheless, the two mingled with the audience in downtown Munich on Thursday. Your teammate Franck Ribery also wants to win the title for the three suspended players. "I hope we can do it. Then you can forget that you weren't there. It's not easy for the three," said the 29-year-old on Thursday. The Frenchman missed the final against Inter Milan two years ago due to a red ban. Ribery ignores a possible defeat. "We shouldn't really think about it. A defeat - that doesn't work. Then everyone's head is broken, everyone is mad," he said: "If you win, you can forget everything."
FC Bayern vs. FC Chelsea: The balance sheet
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