Champions League Final 2012: Chelsea Look To Rain On Bayern's Munich Parade

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: Updated: 18/05/2012 13:33

Bayern Munich and Chelsea have a brief, but memorable history in the Champions League.

On just the two occasions the pair faced one another, 11 goals were scored. Just as synonymous with the tie as Frank Lampard's exceptional goal is, rather bizarrely, a laundry basket.

LAMPARD STRIKES PAST KAHN

In the basket case was Jose Mourinho. Allegedly, anyway. Banned from the touchline for the quarter-final tie after his allegations against referee Anders Frisk the previous round, he supposedly had himself smuggled into the home dressing room.

Rui Faria, his assistant at Stamford Bridge as he is now at Real Madrid, was wearing a beanie hat on a suspiciously mild evening. Something chunky appeared to lurk underneath it as Faria chatted to himself. Or a mobile phone...

Ahead of Saturday's Munich final, there are no hints of any similar quirks. For both sides, European football has proven to be escapism away from the domestic doldrums. Chelsea may have won the FA Cup, but their Premier League campaign has been their worst in 11 years.

They do at least have silverware, unlike Bayern. Borussia Dortmund retained their Bundesliga title before battering the Bavarians 5-2 in last week's DFB-Poka final, with the Reds' defence still susceptible to spectacular capitulations. Even with Manuel Neuer.

BAYERN BEATEN BY BORUSSIA

Yet the Champions League has been the club's priority. With the final being at their Allianz Arena stadium, the incentive has spurred Jupp Heynckes' team on, and they deservedly progressed ahead of Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Bayern are aiming for their first European Cup win since success at San Siro in 2001, as they bid to add to their three-in-a-row haul of the 1970s.

Their opponents meanwhile are seeking their first. Four years on from John Terry's tears in the Moscow rain, this Blues squad is inferior but arguably more resolute.

Roberto di Matteo has infused them with harmony too. And with a European Cup winners' medal the one major trinket to have eluded the likes of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and the banned Terry, this potential one last chance has been an extra source of motivation.

Heynckes himself has lost a final as a player. A loser to Liverpool with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1977, 21 years later as manager he guided Real Madrid to their first European Cup triumph in 32 years with victory over Juventus in 1998. He was dismissed shortly afterwards.

SUSPENDED INDIVIDUALS

Bayern Munich
Holger Badstuber, David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo

Chelsea
John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles, Ramires

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  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 6: Chelsea team line up prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 6: Joe Cole of Chelsea celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 6: Joe Cole of Chelsea scores the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea's John Terry (L) and Bayern Muni

    LONDON, United Kingdom: Chelsea's John Terry (L) and Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn collide as Chelsea's Didier Drogba watches during their first leg Champion's League quarter-final football match at Stamford Bridge in London, 06 April, 2005. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 6: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich celebrates scoring with his team-mates during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 06: Frank Lampard score his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 06: Frank Lampard celebrates scoring his teams second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Lucio

    LONDON, United Kingdom: Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Lucio (L-R), goalkeeper Oliver Kahn and midfielder Torsten Frings look disappointed as Chelsea fans (in the background) celebrate after their first leg Champion's League quarter-final against Chelsea in London 06 April 2005. Chelsea won the match 4-2. AFP PHOTO DDP/MARCUS BRANDT (Photo credit should read MARCUS BRANDT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Bayern Munich

    LONDON - APRIL 6: John Terry accuses Michael Ballack of diving for Bayern Munich's penalty during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge on April 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech misses a

    LONDON, United Kingdom: Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech misses a penalty kick from Bayern Munich's Michael Ballack during their first leg Champion's League quarter-final football match at Stamford Bridge in London, 06 April, 2005. Chelsea won 4-2. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Bayern Munich fan wipes his face after

    LONDON, United Kingdom: A Bayern Munich fan wipes his face after their first leg Champion's League quarter-final football match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London, 06 April, 2005. Chelsea won 4-2. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; Torjubel zum 1:2 durch Didier DROGBA/Chelsea (mitte) (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; Torwart Oliver KAHN/Bayern (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; Tor zum 3:2 durch Mehmet SCHOLL/Bayern, v.l. TIAGO, Torwart Petr CECH, John TERRY/Chelsea (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; Jubel nach dem Tor zum 0:1 durch Frank LAMPARD, links Damien DUFF/Chelsea (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; v.l.: Claudio PIZARRO, Roy MAKAAY und Willy SAGNOL/Bayern (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London; Robert HUTH/Chelsea, Michael BALLACK/Bayern (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • FB: Champions League 04/05, FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Champions League 04/05, Muenchen, 12.04.05; FC Bayern Muenchen - FC Chelsea London 3:2; Enttaeuschung bei Michael BALLACK/Bayern nach dem Spiel (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)

  • Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro (L) taps

    MUNICH, GERMANY: Bayern Munich's Claudio Pizarro (L) taps the ball into the net as Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Cech (R) looks on during second leg Champion's League quarter-final football match at The Olympic Stadium in Munich, 12 April, 2005. Bayern Munich won the game 3-2, but goes out of the competition losing 6-5 on aggregate. AFP PHOTO/ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Bayern Munich v Chelsea

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates at the end of the UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg match between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at the Olympic Stadium, on April 12, 2005 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

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