Bayern Munich's persistence pays off
Bayern Munich deservedly crowned Champions League winners after previous near misses
Bayern Munich, in the last four years, have been in the Champions League final three times and their persistence gifted them with extended opportunities at lifting the big eared trophy.
In 2010 they were undone at the Bernabeu by the brilliance of a Milito inspired Mourinho team. Mourinho's side had fiercely beaten Barcelona in the semis and then triumphed the Germans in the final 2-0.
Two years later Bayern were once again in the final - held at their own stadium - but failed to become European champions for a fifth time. Their attacks were fierce but a resilient Chelsea denied them an historic victory with Didier Drogba the Blues' hero.
By the time their Wembley visit came about, Bayern had had long enough to lick their wounds - a once defeated giant back ready to take Europe by storm.
Their route to the final hadn't been easily and had been merciless. They had decimated teams throughout the competition and, despite a nervy ending to their tie with Arsenal, always looked like a side that could go on and win the Champions League.
In their previous finals Bayern were the side with more possession but were undone with counter attacks. While Inter Milan beat them in normal time Chelsea held out until penalties - their approach saw them win one corner on the counter and take their chance to equalise.
This year Bayern weren't on top from the start and it was Dortmund who turned the heat up on the German champions with a barrage of attacks - Neuer working brilliantly to deny an opening goal. As the half progressed Bayern began to get themselves back into the game and they created decent chances for themselves.
Their goals weren't neat and tidy but they served their purpose and won the title for Bayern.
Last year Bayern finished empty handed - gaining a hat-trick of runner up medals - but came back stronger and more determined.
Bayern now have the chance to become Germany’s first treble winners when they play Stuttgart in the German cup final. Their previous two final defeats hurt but now they’ll look to cap off a brilliant season, whilst basking in the glory of being Kings of Europe.
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