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UEFA Champions League (Final) : Bayern Munich v Chelsea team news and expected starting line-up. (19.05.2012) Pre-match interview (Video).

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Bayern Munich v Chelsea
UEFA Champions
Final - 2011/2012
Ground: Allianz-Arena
Saturday May 19, 2012


Team news
While both semi-finals will live long in the memory, they did come at a cost as seven players altogether will be suspended for Saturday's match.

Terry is unavailable for Chelsea after being sent off for kicking out at Alexis Sanchez, although he will be allowed to lift the trophy and plans to share that honour with captain for the day Frank Lampard if they get the right outcome.

There was an effort from the international players' union, FIFPro, to get the bans overturned for the six other players, who miss out after receiving yellow cards in the semi-finals.

Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles will watch on nervously for Chelsea and Di Matteo has had to consider his alternatives.

A potential defensive crisis appears to have been averted, though, with Gary Cahill and David Luiz recovering from hamstring problems that have kept them on the sidelines and set to forge a centre-back partnership against Bayern.

John Obi Mikel will have an important role to play alongside Lampard in midfield and Juan Mata is also a certain starter, but Di Matteo faces a big decision in attack as he ponders the possibility of playing a rejuvenated Fernando Torres alongside Didier Drogba, who could be playing his final game for the club.

Pre-Match Interview











For Bayern, Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber are the players unlucky enough to be suspended for the biggest game of their lives.

Rafinha is an option to come in at full-back but Daniel van Buyten may not be fit to slot into defence and Anatoliy Tymoschuk could have to play alongside Jerome Boateng.

Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger are likely to play in central midfield, with Thomas Muller slightly further forward and Robben, Ribery and Gomez providing the main attacking threat.

Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca will take charge of the match.

Expected starting line-up:


Bayern Munich
Starting line-up
M. Neuer
P. Lahm
A. Timoshchuk
J. Boateng
D. Contento
B. Schweinsteiger
T. Kroos
A. Robben
T. Müller
F. Ribéry
M. Gomez

Chelsea
Starting line-up
P. Cech
J. Bosingwa
G. Cahill (Not sure yet)
David Luiz (Not sure yet)
A. Cole
J. Mikel
M. Essien
S. Kalou (or Torres)
F. Lampard
J. Mata
D. Drogba



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