What time does the Champions League Final kick off – plus six things you need to know about Chelsea vs Bayern Munich
On Saturday, Chelsea will meet Bayern Munich to contest the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League Final.
Champions League final preview: Can Roberto Di Matteo’s Chelsea manage one last triumph in their extraordinary season?
The German side are favourites as they will be playing at home in the Allianz Arena in Munich but Chelsea have already defied the odds to reach the final, especially after overcoming the holders Barcelona in the semi-finals.
Blues boss will be hoping for a win to stake his claim for a permanent job and ensure that the side qualify for next season’s competition.
Here is all the information you’ll need ahead of the big game…
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
Allocation: Each team will recieve 17,500 tickets
Date: Saturday 19th May
Time: 19:45 GMT
TV coverage: ITV, Sky Sports
Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)
Head to Head: Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Head-to-head record Played: 2 Wins: Bayern 1, Chelsea 1 Goals: Bayern 5, Chelsea 6
CL record this season:
Bayern Munich P12 W8 D1 L3 F25 A10
Chelsea P12 W7 D3 L2 F24 A11
Bayern Munich – Mario Gomez 12, Arjen Robben 4, Franck Ribery 3, Toni Kroos 2, Ivica Olic 2, Thomas Mueller 1, Rafinha 1
Chelsea – Didier Drogba 5, Frank Lampard 3, Ramires 3, Fernando Torres 3, Branislav Ivanovic 2, Salomon Kalou 2, Juan Mata 2, Raul Meireles 2, David Luiz 1, John Terry 1
Most appearances: Bayern – Jerome Boateng 12 Chelsea – Petr Cech 12
Bayern Munich are the first team to benefit from home advantage in the final since the Champions League was formed in the 1992-93 season.
This will be the sixth meeting between English and German teams in the Champions League final – Bayern won the first encounter with a 2-0 victory over Leeds in 1975 but English teams have won all the others including a dramatic late 2-1 win for Manchester United in 1999.
The last time the two teams met in the Champions League was in the quarter-finals seven years ago and many of the same players will feature including Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, and Petr Cech (John Terry also played but is suspended for the final). On that occasion, Chelsea beat Bayern 4-2.
This is the first time since Liverpool beat AC Milan in 2007 that the final will be contested between two teams that are not reigning champions of their countries. Bayern finished second in the Bundesliga while Chelsea could only manage sixth place.
This is Bayern’s ninth appearance in a European Cup/Champions League final – they won the trophy for three successive years between 1974-76 and again in 2001.
Chelsea are playing in only their second Champions League Final – after losing to Manchester United on penalties in 2008.