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What Lies Ahead?

18/05/2013 16:32 BST | Updated 17/07/2013 10:12 BST

"They're piling on top of each other, they're giving each other love bites and everything", was how Paul Merson unforgettably described the scenes at the Etihad Stadium last May after Sergio Aguero's injury time title-winning goal for Manchester City. It was the most dramatic ending to a football season in history.

Twelve months on and so much has changed. City have fallen out of love with Roberto Mancini and, along with their Premier League crown, he has gone. Manchester United and Everton fans are set to bid fond farewells to Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes. Chelsea fans are set to bid farewell to Rafa Benitez. And the Premier League prepares to say goodbye to the already relegated Queens Park Rangers, Reading and Wigan Athletic.

So as Merson and the rest of the Soccer Saturday panel prepare for another final day fling, where will the traditional end of season drama occur? With Manchester United having won the title in a canter and second and third places are resolved, all eyes will be on White Hart Lane and St. James' Park where the battle for the final Champions League spot will be won and lost.

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Spurs fans will no doubt view the outcome with a pessimism born of being denied qualification in the past by everything from food poisoning to Didier Drogba's penalty shoot-out winner in Munich last season. All they can do is beat Sunderland and hope that Newcastle can get at least a draw against the Gunners.

Whether either Arsenal or Tottenham are good enough to make an impact amongst Europe's high flyers in the Champions League next season remains to be seen.

Sky Sports football coverage reaches a climax with the Champions League Final on 25 May and I guarantee an atmosphere that is going to make your hair stand on end. I have never been in a ground with a greater buzz than Dortmund's Westfalen Stadion for their semi-final against Real Madrid. Their fans make Merson seem calm and collected. Wearing a club shirt is not optional. Everyone does. I think it must be obligatory before you are allowed into the ground. Thank goodness I had my yellow and black socks on or I would have felt badly out of place!

The Bayern supporters too are passionate and good humoured, so the streets around Wembley and the seats in front of your tellies will be great places to be.

What could be more dramatic than Drogba's penalty shoot-out winner for Chelsea twelve months ago? For 20 year old Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze a penalty shoot-out to decide the destiny of the trophy is what he fears most. Scoring might be worse than missing! The German international joins Bayern for £32million pounds after this game. Scoring a winning spot kick would hardly endear him to fans in Munich next season. For him, it would be the nightmare scenario. Of course for TV, it would be the stuff of dreams. Don't bet against it happening!

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