Saturday, 19 May 2012

Make or Break Time

Well the day is finally upon us. By this time tomorrow we will know whether we'll be mixing it with the big boys or slipping back into the second best Europa League.

The worry is the central defence for Bayern and they will no doubt be heavily tested if Drogba is on his game. The loss of Badstuber in the centre will be tough to replace and with Gustavo also suspended it looks like it may come down to Kroos playing a deeper role or the ageing Tymoschuk getting the call.

However Bayern are not alone in missing key members of their defence with Chelsea without Terry, Ivanovic and Ramires through suspension. Add into that Luiz and Cahill only just returning from injuries and Chelsea suddenly look very vulnerable. Baring these suspensions in mind it looks as if the game should naturally take a open stance and Bayern excelled when their semi final took that course at the Bernabeu.

Bayern's front three is arguably the most deadly strikeforce across Europe as a collective unit and they will need to be on top form if they are to be victorious for them and us. Gomez has scored 26 in 33 games across all competitions and Robben has scored 12 in just 18 games. Ribery has been a key contributor to many of these goals with 12 assists in 32 alongside 12 goals for himself also.

Whilst Bayern look more favourable on paper, Chelsea sadly cannot be written off with their semi versus Barca showing they have a lot of grit about them. The Bayern flag is already flying high in my household, so don your lederhosen and get the Bratwurst in. Tonight we are German.

On a side note, good luck to Blackpool today, hopefully they'll be able to join us next year in the Premiership and condemn West Ham to another season in the Championship.

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