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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea preview - Di Matteo vows Blues will rule Europe

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012 by PA

After eight managers, an outlay of £700million in transfer fees and an estimated #2billion overall, Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has promised Roman Abramovich his Champions League odyssey will eventually reach its glorious destination. For the second time in Abramovich's nine years as owner, Chelsea will contest the most important club game on the planet on Saturday. The lure of the Cha...Full Story »

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea preview - Drogba: I'm not an actor

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012 by PA

Didier Drogba denied he was an "actor" after seemingly being branded one by Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes. Heynckes claimed earlier on Friday afternoon that Chelsea striker Drogba sometimes "overdoes it a bit", adding: "Sometimes he's an outstanding actor on the pitch." Bayern later moved to blame a mistranslation, insisting the word "actor" should have been "performer". But the damage was...Full Story »

Bayern winger Arjen Robben wants final revenge on Chelsea

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012 by The Sun

I'M COMING TO GET BLUE ... Bayern's Arjen Robben ARJEN ROBBEN is out for revenge when he faces Chelsea. The Bayern Munich star was not happy with his departure from Stamford Bridge — and will seek ultimate retribution in tomorrow’s Champions League final. Dutch winger Robben said: “I can’t deny I left the club with a bittersweet feeling. “I felt I should have pl...Full Story »

Lampard: Who’d have thought we’d make the final after Napoli defeat

Posted Friday, May 18, 2012 by The Sun

GISSA CUDDLE ... Frank Lampard and Roberto Di Matteo after Napoli KO FRANK LAMPARD looked back three months to Chelsea’s miserable defeat in Naples and admitted: “I don’t think any of us that night thought we would be where we are now.” Lampard was dumped on the subs’ bench against the Italians — axed by former boss Andre Villas-Boas — and the Blues we...Full Story »

Gomez? I've faced him on PlayStation! Smiling Luiz can have last laugh over that Neville jibe

Posted Thursday, May 17, 2012 by Dailymail

Asked whether he had played against Mario Gomez in the past, David Luiz laughed and said: ‘Just on PlayStation’. It was a new angle on the usual joke. Luiz has worked hard to restore his reputation since Gary Neville’s acidic criticism during a game against Liverpool in November, which hit a nerve at Stamford Bridge. Neville claimed the Brazil centre half’s defensive ...Full Story »

I'll be fit for Munich! Cahill boosts Di Matteo as he and Luiz train ahead of final crunch

Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 by Dailymail

Gary Cahill and David Luiz have won their fitness battles to provide Chelsea’s defence with a  much-needed lift ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final in Munich. Luiz has not played for a month since pulling a hamstring in the FA Cup semi-final and Cahill has been out since a similar injury in Barcelona, three weeks ago. But the defenders both trained fully for the first...Full Story »

Cahill and Luiz winning fitness battles ahead of Champions League final in Munich

Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Dailymail

David Luiz and Gary Cahill have been cleared to start full training next week as the countdown begins to the Champions League final. The Chelsea central defensive pairing will be left out of the squad to face Blackburn in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, but will resume training next week. Their return is a massive boost for Chelsea’s interim coach Roberto Di Matteo ahead of the ...Full Story »

Champions League football crucial to holding on to Falcao, admits Atletico Madrid CEO Gil Marin

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 by Goal.com

Atletico Madrid CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin has revealed that securing a return to the Champions League is integral to their continued financial stability and, by association, their hopes of holding on to star striker Radamel Falcao. The Rojiblancos lifted the Europa League in Bucharest on Wednesday night but need to defeat Villarreal at El Madrigal on Sunday and hope Malaga drop points at hom...Full Story »

Relegated Wolves go for Champions League experience as they name Solbakken boss

Posted Friday, May 11, 2012 by Dailymail

Stale Solbakken is the new manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The sacked Cologne coach met Molineux owner Steve  Morgan for an interview on Thursday and has agreed to become Mick McCarthy’s successor. The former Norway midfielder, 44, was kicked out of the relegated Bundesliga club after less than a year in charge. Until then he had tasted success in Denmark with  Copenhagen,...Full Story »

Crocked Chelsea duo Luiz and Cahill in line for Champions League final

Posted Thursday, May 10, 2012 by Dailymail

Chelsea's defensive duo David Luiz and Gary Cahill are winning their battle to be fit for the Champions League final, which is central to the club's future. Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at  Liverpool means that failure to beat Bayern Munich on May 19 will leave the club outside the Champions League next season, with the potential £50m loss in revenue a significant blow to their finances. ...Full Story »

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