The Allianz Arena will be scene for the biggest match this season for both clubs as the UEFA Champions League reaches its apogee.
To call the 2012 final the losers last stand would be a tad harsh, but given that Saturday’s contestants have both recently suffered painful defeats in European football’s showpiece event, there is a feeling of ‘its now or never’ emanating from both camps.
For the hosts – that is what Bayern essentially are – the opportunity to become the first ever side to lift the famous jug-eared trophy in their own lair could not serve as better motivation to succeed.
After all, Jupp Heynckes men did brilliantly well to eliminate Jose Mourinho’s much fancied Real Madrid side to get here after a superbly contested semi-final clash.
That was one fine way of gaining revenge on the ‘Special One’, who, just two years earlier broke Bayern hearts in the same stadium where Bastian Schweinsteiger slammed home the winning penalty during a tense shootout.
However, not all the ghosts of two years have been exorcized with the memory of 2010’s ‘smash-and-grab’ 2-0 final defeat to Inter Milan still etched firmly in the mind.
No prizes for guessing then what is driving the Bavarians and after their 5-2 drubbing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup final, Die Roten will be deeperate not to end the season potless.
“This is a unique chance. You never know whether you will ever make it to the final of the Champions League again. We have to make it happen now,” winger Arjen Robben told De Telegraaf.
“I think that the lost 2010 Champions League final will only have a positive impact.”
Chelsea come into the final as underdogs with the suspensions of captain John Terry, midfielders Ramires and Raul Meireles, and defender Branislav Ivanovic hampering the Blues’ preparations.
A 3-2 semi-final aggregate victory over Barcelona was the perfect slingshot Chelsea needed ahead of Munich’s dressage, however, FA Cup final aside, Roberto Di Matteo’s men have been far from convincing of late.
Little wonder than that most Blues fans are relying, if not hoping that ‘destiny’ plays a fundamental part in helping the 2008 runners-up become the first London club to lift the European Cup.
Lady luck has certainly played her part up until now and she may need to be called upon again as winning the trophy is now the only way the Premier League side can cement Champions League football for the 2012-13 season, after a terrible league campaign.
“We want to win for the club, and for us, because we can make history for Chelsea,” said midfielder Juan Mata.
“But, as well, it’s important to play in the Champions League next year. Chelsea always want to be in the Champions League,” he added.
US Rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West (accompanied by Beyonce Knowles and Kim Kardashian respectively) will be performing in concert on Saturday evening at London’s 02 Arena.
For those living in South-West London (and indeed most people in the capital), there is only one event worth seeing – and that is those occurring thousands of miles away in Germany’s second city.
The eyes of the millions shall tune in. Yours will too. Champions League finals do not disappoint and this one wont either. Be sure to watch it!
Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-3 Chelsea. When discussing a scoreline around square tables at the In The Stands offices, we felt that although Bayern should win, Chelsea WIILL win. Call it luck, call it big-game performer Drogba, or a wonder-strike from Juan Mata, something points to a Blues win but we cannot quite pinpoint what it is.