Who will be crowned Champions..??

Filed Under () by hafizhans on May 22, 2010

"this is even bigger than the World Cup.." that what he (picture) said about the final clash between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich tonight in Champions League final tonight in Madrid. The epic battles between two big clubs, Inter, who'd already kicks Chelsea and Barcelona to get to final, and Bayern who'd kicks Manchester United and Lyon are gonna put their best effort to win the cup tonight. Bayern will be without their key player, Frank Ribery, who's on suspension because of red card on the semi final, have to rely on their other key player, Arjen Robben, who was absolutely outstanding in his first year at Bayern after fail to shine in Real Madrid and Chelsea in the past few years. Inter on the other hand, got every important player on their side tonight. Both team already wins their League title and, domestic cup and both will aiming fora treble if they wins this one tonight.

Match Facts from ESPNSoccer:

Bayern player in focus: Arjen Robben. The flying Dutch winger looks a completely different player to the one often seen on the sidelines at Real Madrid and Chelsea. A player of deep potential, Robben's goals have been a crucial part of Bayern's success in reaching the final and his pace, guile and trickery on the flanks will provide the Inter defence with their toughest test.

Inter player in focus: Wesley Sneijder. Dumped by Real Madrid in the summer, Sneijder has made the best of his move to Italy and emerged as one of the best players in Serie A. A great passer, his creative touch has made the difference for Inter in the competition and he provides a goal threat from outside of the box via his trademark free-kicks. 

Key battle: Martin Demichelis vs. Diego Milito. While there are intriguing battles across the pitch, the central one appears to be two Argentines who managed to make it into Diego Maradona's World Cup squad. After claiming he was homesick for his homeland in January (following a period out of the team), Demichelis has emerged as a central figure at the back for Bayern and will have to be at his best to stop the scoring-machine that is currently his opponent. Milito netted the goal that won Serie A for Inter and has bagged 22 in 35 games this season to become one of the leading strikers in Europe. His pace and strength will cause Bayern problems all night long. 

Tactics: A lot has been made of the two different styles of the coaches, as Van Gaal claims to play ''beautiful football'' with ''attacking style'' against Mourinho's negativity. Van Gaal likes a 4-4-2 with flying wingers and a lot of width, helped by the presence of Robben and full-backs like Philipp Lahm and Holger Badstuber, while Mark van Bommel and Bastian Schweinsteiger sure up the central areas. Mourinho will continue with his 4-2-3-1, keeping the game relatively narrow with two patrolling defensive midfielders and looking to counter with the pace of Samuel Eto'o and Milito. The battle of the four full-backs could be key, especially if Robben is given space to run at Javier Zanetti.

Bayern team news: Franck Ribery will miss the final after his suspension for being sent off against Lyon was repeatedly upheld. Hamit Altintop is likely to deputise, although van Gaal could call on the versatile Muller to make room for the likes of Miroslav Klose or Mario Gomez. 

Inter team news: Thiago Motta is also missing due to the red card he picked up against Barcelona and former Portsmouth man Sulley Muntari will come in. Mario Balotelli looks likely to be benched for such a big game, with Goran Pandev called in to play in a front three while Zanetti will continue his conversion into a left-back.

Probable Bayern team (4-4-2): Butt, Lahm, Demichelis, van Buyten, Badstuber, Altintop, Schweinsteiger, van Bommel, Robben, Olic, Muller. 

Probable Inter team (4-2-3-1): Cesar, Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Muntari, Sneijder, Eto'o, Pandev, Milito. 

Soccernet prediction: When the Mourinho factor is taken into account, Inter may be the ones to come away with the glory. It could be a tight affair though and don't rule out the chance of penalties to decide it.

My prediction? Jose team will win this one tonight. The fact that they already beaten two of the best club in the world, Chelsea and Barca cannot be taken lightly. And..after all, he's The Special One..

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