18th May, 2012
The Bavarian capital, Munich, will be agog tomorrow night as Chelsea of England and Germany’s Bayern Munich lock horns in the final of the UEFA Champions League at the Allianz Arena.
For Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, the cracker against Chelsea is the game of a lifetime and a chance to make amends for 2010.
Bayern want to set the record straight with a fifth top European prize after making their second Champions League final in three seasons and losing the 2010 decider 2-0 to Inter Milan.
“This is the match of a lifetime,” Dutch winger, Robben ,said. “It is time. You have to win the Champions League once in your life.
“Two years ago we lost the final and now we have been given another shot at it,” added Robben, who will come up against his former club.
“We have showed this season in Europe that we are one of the best teams and hopefully we can say on Saturday that we are the best team. That would be sensational.”
Nigerian Chelsea’s midfielder, John Mikel Obi, said the pressure will be too much for their opponents in the crucial game. The Super Eagles star noted that playing at home could well be counter productive for Bayern as they will be under pressure to win as they are playing in front of their home fans, and the fact that they lost the German Cup to Borussia Dortmund could also work against them.
“Playing at home is supposed to be an advantage to Bayern but that can also work against them because they will surely be the ones playing under pressure to impress their home fans.
“But we will just go in and play our normal game. We have nothing to lose because people have rated us as the underdogs, it is good for us. We are set for the epic clash, we will win it.
He continued: “Losing the German Cup will also affect them. We have an upper hand to win it. If we can do it against Barcelona which is rated as the best team in the world, Bayern too will go down. “They have a good team but we are equal to the task.”