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Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Champions League final preview

Chelsea train ahead of Bayern clash. (©GettyImages)
Chelsea train ahead of Bayern clash. (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich v Chelsea; Allianz Arena; Champions League final; Saturday 19 May 2012, 19:45 KO

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While the semi-finals will live long in the memory for fans from Bayern Munich and Chelsea, both ties came at a cost as a total of seven players are suspended for Saturday's showpiece final in Germany.

Jupp Heynckes will be without Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber, meaning Rafinha could come in at full-back for the Bundesliga giants.

With question marks hanging over the fitness of Daniel van Buyten, Bayern midfielder Anatoliy Tymoschuk may be forced to slot in alongside Jerome Boateng in central defence.

Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger are likely to play in central midfield, with Thomas Muller occupying the more advanced role in the hole behind striker Mario Gomez.

Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben will provide the main attacking threat from the wings, providing the Dutch international shakes off the knock that forced him to sit out of training on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo will be without club captain John Terry following his red card in Camp Nou, and he will be joined by Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles, who will also be forced to watch on from the sidelines.

Terry however, will be allowed to lift the trophy alongside stand-in skipper Frank Lampard if the Premier League club get the right outcome this weekend.

Defensive duo Gary Cahill and David Luiz have both recovered from their respective hamstring problems, to ease Chelsea's problems at the back. John Obi Mikel will likely play alongside Frank Lampard in the heart of the midfield and Juan Mata is another certain starter.

That just leaves Di Matteo with the difficult decision of who to deploy in attack, with Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres vying for a starting berth. The Italian could even go for broke and play both, the rejuvenated Spaniard alongside a player who could be playing his last ever game for the club.


Cahill looking for cup success



Gary Cahill may have been sidelined for the FA Cup final victory over Liverpool earlier this month, after suffering a hamstring injury against Barcelona in Camp Nou, but the Chelsea defender insists that beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League final this weekend will make up for the disappointment.

The 26-year-old has been working tirelessly to regain fitness in time for Saturday's showpiece at the Allianz Arena, and is set to replace captain John Terry at the heart of the Blues' back line.

"That was a sickener for me [missing the Wembley final] because it would have been a big part in my career," said Cahill. "So for me to make this one is a huge moment.

"It's my first final and it's in the biggest competition - sink or swim. You come here to play in these competitions and be a part of this. We've got a great chance now to lift the best trophy in club football.

"It's been a mad season and a fantastic season for me. Making a move here has obviously worked out really well. First to win the FA Cup and now to go into this huge game in my first six months here is really crazy."

In the absence of Terry, there will be more emphasis placed on the leadership qualities of the former Bolton defender as the England international is tasked with marshalling the Chelsea defence alongside David Luiz.

However, Terry has still travelled to Germany with the squad, and Cahill has explained that his presence will still have a huge impact on the team despite his suspension.

"He's a big presence in our team and our dressing room," he added. "He won't be playing but he'll be involved in the build-up and in the dressing room.

"He'll be a big part of the day and we'll all see his influence."

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