The last and the biggest match in the Champions League will take place tonight, at Santiago Bernabeu, in front of approximately 80,000 people. We’ll witness an atypical final, taking into account that only a few of us would have thought that Inter and Bayen will be the ones to enter the last stage of the competition.
It’s certain that the masters behind both of the teams’ performances have been their managers, Louis Van Gaal and Jose Mourinho. Their football teams have always passed as runners-up, but, surprisingly or not, they have eventually managed to enter the Champions League final, after getting rid of all the favorite teams.
After this night’s clash, either Van Gaal or Mourinho will gain his way to the small, but select group of football managers who succeeded in winning the Champions League with two different teams. Mourinho won the trophy with FC Porto in 2004, while Van Gaal did so with Ajax in 1995.
One should also consider the fact that Mourinho assisted Van Gaal when the latter coached FC Barcelona between 1997 and 2000. Will this be a case when the disciple outruns the master? Bookmakers confirm this claim: Inter are seen as the favorites for the final at Bernabeu.
Within the national championships, both Bayern and Inter have secured for themselves most of the trophies. Both of the teams have clearly dominated in the internal competitions, winning the cup and the championship.
In regard to European competitions, Bayern seem to be more accustomed to winning trophies, as they won the Champions League in 2001, while Inter have been waiting for more than 40 years now to become Europe’s best football team.
Bayern are not confronted to any special injury cases, as the only serious question is related to Franck Ribery’s suspension for two games, which forces him to miss the final despite the German team’s appeal. It is most likely that the Turkish player Altintop will be the one to play as Ribery’s replacement. But, anyway, Louis Van Gaal will start the big match with the best possible team.
Mourinho is not bothered by injuries, as the only significant absence will be that of Thiago Motta, who will watch the match in the stands because of a red card. Ivan Cordoba and Wesley Sneijder have been closely monitored and the latter will surely perform tonight, while Cordoba’s progress is still uncertain.
It is difficult to say who has the most valuable team. If we think a lot, Barcelona and Real have the strongest teams in terms of players, but both will be watching the final in front of the TV, not playing it.
Inter Milan have really good and organized defense, and a strong offensive with high speed strikers like Eto’o and Diego Milito. Bayern, on the other hand, are a creative and, thus, unpredictable team, but it is still uncertain if this is enough for them to penetrate Mourinho’s perfect defense.
Anyway, we shall witness a big match tonight at Santiago Bernabeu—in fact, the last European competition match before the World Cup.
You can watch Bayern vs Inter Milan live on many TV stations: Sky Sports HD1 in the UK, Sky Sport HD in Germany, ORF1 HD in Austria, Sky Sports HD1 in Italy, TF1 HD in France and TVE in Spain. The match is also televised on Al Jazeera Sport HD1, HD Suisse, Viasat Sport HD, Polsat HD and Sport 1 HD (Netherlands). You can catch the final in 3D on Sky Sports 3D .
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