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Champions League Final: Time for heroes Part II

by Josh Powell | May 16, 2012

Chelsea are gearing up for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, hoping to banish the memories of 2008. In our second part of ‘Time for Hereos’ we look at the key men who could make the difference for Roberto Di Matteo’s team.

Fernando Torres
His travails have been well documented since his £50m move from Liverpool but after a season at the club he’s finally starting to deliver. At least with good performances if not yet a glut of goals. His grand total stands at 12 goals in 64 games for the Bues. Whether he starts or not is yet to be seen but it may actually suit him to come off the bench. Particularly if there’s glory to be grabbed. At international level he’s not always trusted by the Spanish manager Vicente del Bosque, who prefers the far more prolific and reliable David Villa. Torres does like to have an impact in big games though. He scored Spain’s winner in the final of Euro 2008, he played a roll in the build-up to Iniesta’s winner in the 2010 World Cup Final and he secured Chelsea’s win over Barcelona in the semi-final second-leg at the Camp Nou. Last goalscorer at 8/1 could turn a tidy profit.

Aww sorryChelsea fans. The Brazilian could have been a match winner in this game. There’ll be even more to come from him next season.

John Terry
Okay this is just getting mean. Another who rises to the occasion, on and off the pitch, and will be sorely missed.

Didier Drogba
In what could possibly be his final game for Chelsea, the already well established Stamford Bridge legend could be raised up in to the upper echelons of idolatry with a match winning performance. He hasn’t had his best season domestically and at times has looked most of his 34 years. However he has performed in Europe scoring five goals in six games. Most notably his winner against Barcelona in the first of the semi-final in London. Roberto Di Matteo has also rested him in the last two weeks. Since scoring the winner in the FA Cup final against Liverpool he has made one subsitute appearance. That’s a good indicator that he’ll start in Munich. If he’s well rested we may see a vintage performance from Drogba. If we do then the 5/2 on him to score anytime will seem a crazy price.

Juan Mata
The diminutive Spaniard has had an excellent first season in the Premier League following his £23.5m transfer from Valencia. It’s in the Premier League where he has been most productive this season but there’s little doubt the 24-year old has that special ability to unlock defences. Regardless of the stage. Bayern would do well to man mark him to restrict his influence. Something which could severely stuntChelsea’s attacking threat. Seeing as this is effectively an away game for theLondon side, Mata may find himself in his own half more often than he’d like. However his technique and vision means he’s more likely to take advantage of the slightest opportunity. IfChelsea play on the counter-attack then he may not be the one who takes the shot but he’s likely to be one who sets him up.

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