UEFA Champion’s League Final: Bayern vs. Chelsea Live

In the battle of Bayern vs. Chelsea…Ribery vs. Drogba–TSG’s two pivotal players, TSG roots for….

Michael Essien. Knee surgeries have robbed the global soccer world of Essien’s excellence.

May he shine today for the Blues. The hopeful scoreline? Bayern 0, Chelsea 0…..Essien 3.

Always a superstar–white-haired or not–in TSG’s book.

25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/19 at 8:39 AM

    It is a pity that there are so many suspensions. I think Chelsea have been depleted more.
    Looking forward to seeing Bayern Munich trying to stretch play while Chelsea try to remain compact. Obviously, it’s how the collective unit executes the strategy, but the are so many little sub-plots and individual match ups.

    For once, ze Germans to lose on penalties!!


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/05/19 at 8:51 AM

      It’s Ribery for the home side. If he plays on the touchline and compromises Boswinga, it’ll pull out Cahill and then you’re look at David Luiz by his lonesome.

      Drogba vice versa. If he holds up the ball and allows Chelsea to come forward at their own speed/patience, Chelsea’s got a shot.

      And may Essien have a triumphant day.


      • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/19 at 9:13 AM

        I actually think keeping Ribery and Robben quiet will be a two man job, so it is how the wide midfield men track back and double up on them, and allow the FBs to play the width of the penalty box and not get too stretched. But agreed, more worried about Boswinga that Cole. Especially with regards to angles and passing lanes.

        Tactically, very fascinating.


      • Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/05/19 at 9:26 AM

        I have to hope Robbie D goes with a strong side purer defender there instead of Bosingwa. I’d honestly take Ferreira out there with Obi-Mikel providing cover on that side. Leave Cole with Ribery, He can handle his speed and cutting in and Luiz can slide over when needed at the touchline and leave Cahill central to man the box and muscle Gomez a bit in the air.

        The Beast
        I’m glad I’m not DiMatteo for a day!

        BTW- something has to be done about the accumulation rules. Not just because it’s Chelsea but you’re penalizing a team for going further in the tournament. Maybe allow each team to have 1 player exemption to vacate a suspension.
        7 starters from both squads is a bit ridiculous….


        • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/19 at 10:19 AM

          If Ribery starts on the right, he will be a pure winger, no? As opposed to an inverted one? He is predominantly right footed, so not sure how much cutting in he’ll do on Cole’s side.

          However, to stretch Chelsea, they might put Robben and Ribery on their “natural” side.

          I agree that the carding system needs an overhaul to brought up to date with modern football. How can somebody taking their shirt off and somebody deliberately fouling an opponent be worthy of the same punishment?
          Re. Exemption, not sure. Somebody like Terry doesn’t deserve it.


          • Posted by Bode on 2012/05/20 at 3:43 PM

            I think a good solution to the carding system might be one where the manager has an option of playing the “suspended player,” but that player begins with a yellow card (his accumulated booking). The manager wouldn’t have this option in the case of a red card, but it would still cause debate.

            So in this case, Di Matteo could have played Terry, for instance, but Terry would have “started” the match with a yellow card, so it’s still a gamble but not as ridiculous as tournament yellow cards tend to be.


            • Posted by KickinNames.... on 2012/05/21 at 6:57 AM

              very interesting and practical solution. Although I was glad to see Cahill given the opportunity to take on a larger role from the back and have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at how big he can play when given the opportunity.

              And really David Luiz?…his defenders have to have new opinions after that clown show. He is really a football idiot without the savant portion attached from my viewing. How many idiotic challenges did he make just on the edge of the box? Hoping that Roman, now completely sated by the CL trophy sells the team and Luiz can go with him.

              It’s been a great run but time to allow Robbie Di to take the squad in a new direction. And would LOVE to see Bale and Modric in Blue next year. I think Frank has proven that he’s not necessarily ready for pasture yet especially with a stronger CMF partner with him. Mikel is serviceable but just seems to clinch up at critical moments and too many poor passes. Maybe Essien with another 6 months of recovery from the knee can step up his game a tad….maybe((

              Don’t know how you do it easily but it is time to transition from Terry at CB IMO both Chelsea and Ingerland…..

              Matt- this is one of the more fascinating offseasons in EPL in quite a while IMO. Could be a good string in here on who needs what and who goes where with Man U obviously having huge MF holes, City probably losing Dzeko, Teves and others, Chelsea retooling due to some age(although Torres seems to be regaining his form and confidence) ..

    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/05/19 at 8:58 AM

      Come on Chelsea!!!
      Hopefully Cahill is healed enough to marshal the back. but I think Sideshow Bob is now included which is an adventure I’d rather not endure. Could be a glimpse of “life after Terry” which is rapidly approaching I think. I can’t see how he can start Bosingwaaaaaaaaaah with Ribery and Robben on the flanks. He’s not enough of a forward threat to make up for his awful defending.
      Love the Essien love but he’s a shell of what he was just a few years back. Sad just thinking about it. And I don’t want to be sad…

      If this comes down to flank play (as both midfield’s are pretty comparable with neither being overwhelmingly fantastic) then Chelsea are in trouble as Sturridge, Malouda etc are no match for Ribery/Robben IMO. Drogba has hit a very solid patch of play and if he shows up and gets service from Mata/Frank he can be the difference.

      I see a 3-2 or 4-3 entertaining final with both defenses being stretched due to manpower and quality. A good match for an American audience on Fox IMO

      Come on Chelsea!!


    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/19 at 11:21 PM

      I called it.


  2. Posted by dth on 2012/05/19 at 12:26 PM

    Looks like it’s going to be “Bayern Fans Hate Mario Gomez Day.” (It alternates with “Bayern Fans Love Mario Gomez Day.” Gomez may be the worst 40+ goals in a season player ever.)


  3. Posted by dth on 2012/05/19 at 1:04 PM

    Ashley Cole is just Deion Sandersing it: taken away the entire Bayern right.


  4. Posted by dth on 2012/05/19 at 6:00 PM

    Is Julian de Guzman the worst DP ever?


    • Posted by Jared on 2012/05/20 at 7:26 AM

      Rafa Marquez would like to throw his name into that discussion.


      • Posted by dth on 2012/05/20 at 9:54 AM

        Marquez was fairly good in 2010 but became toxic thereafter. de Guzman has basically been sucking the moment he stepped into the league. I give de Guzman the edge on longevity.


  5. Posted by Jared on 2012/05/20 at 2:38 AM

    Robben was absolutely awful in that game. His corners barely ever beat the first man and I think most of his shots are still rising into the sky above Munich. Throw in his terribly taken penalty and he killed Bayern’s chances. I guess when you sign him you know that there will be good days and bad but he isn’t going to change how he plays regardless.

    Neuer taking a penalty as one of the first 5 was badass. His teammates let him down in the shootout. Definitely a German keeper, scores in the shootout and saves one in the shootout.

    I don’t think we’ll see Schweinsteiger in the first 5 for Germany at the Euros if they get to a shootout.


    • Posted by dth on 2012/05/20 at 9:56 AM

      It should be interesting to see what happens when Shaqiri comes in. He will immediately push the one-dimensional Robben.


    • Posted by schmutzdeck on 2012/05/20 at 6:29 PM

      Jupp Heynckes is quoted as saying he had Neuer take the penalty because Robben, who is Bayern’s designated penalty taker, asked to be relieved of that duty. He said he had lost his confidence after the extra time miss. Heynckes said other unnamed players who also asked out, feeling they were too tired and might hurt the team’s chances, granted his wish and asked Neuer to take it. Henyckes felt Robben and those players did the right thing and seemed to be okay with them not taking the penalties.
      A keeper taking penalties in shoot outs is not unusual.


      • Posted by Jared on 2012/05/21 at 1:56 AM

        A keeper taking penalties in shoot outs as one of the first 5 is pretty unusual. I don’t recall many at all especially in such a big situation.


  6. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2012/05/20 at 6:29 AM

    What is kind of amusing is that Bale and Modric will leave Tottenham saying that they need to be playing CL football — and they move to Chelsea…


    • Posted by Jared on 2012/05/20 at 7:23 AM

      When they leave Redknapp should be fired immediately after by Tottenham. They were awful down the stretch and it was all because he made terrible moves in the winter plus flirted with the England job. Throw in the fact that he’s not that good of a manager anyways and there’s no reason to keep him.

      Spurs would have been better off sticking with Martin Jol.


  7. Posted by dth on 2012/05/20 at 5:19 PM

    Bayern apparently about to sign Javi Martinez. Very smart signing, almost irrespective of price. Whether they play him as a holding midfielder or as a centerback, he’s an upgrade on what they’ve got.


  8. Posted by dth on 2012/05/20 at 5:59 PM

    And, just like that, Galaxy are at the bottom of the Western conference standings. Without adjusting for games played, they’re in third-to-last place overall. I knew it was bad, I didn’t know it was this bad.


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