Well the Champions League final is almost upon us and although many English football fans would love to see German side Bayern Munich capture the title once again, there are still some hopes that Chelsea will be able to add the one trophy that has eluded their trophy cabinet for so long to their collection after a poor season in the Premier League.
The Blues have had a rough time throughout the season, seeing their manager Andre Villas-Boas given his marching orders and results clearly going the wrong way for the London side but no one could have predicted that a former player would have the ability to rescue their season thus far and give them the chance to be able to compete for a title that any Premier League club would love to be contesting next week.
Roberto Di Matteo has stepped up from his coaching role and has shown that he has more than special powers to be able to calm the storm within the Stamford Bridge side following uncertainty towards the season ahead of the club but it seems that even a win in Munich would result in a step down from the managerial responsibilities entrusted to him by the club, a clear showing that the club are more concerned about the name at the helm than the results in which the current boss is able to generate.
Football gossip columns this morning have revealed that former England boss Fabio Capello has been tipped to take over Di Matteo following the closure of the season, saying that the Italian would be willing to take a 12 month placement while the London side wait out the year-long break that Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola has revealed that he intends to take away from the rat race but with the Italian showing that he can’t handle a changing room full of ‘expressive’ players during his time as the English national coach, surely the club should instead reward their current caretaker with a chance to be able to prove his worth throughout the upcoming season rather than upsetting the apple cart once again.
With the prospect of Champions League glory very much a reality for the club, they will have to look past the excitement and focus on the dangers that the German side possess, such as French international Franck Ribery and striker Mario Gomez, both of which have shown impressive form throughout the last 12 months.
With John Terry now confirmed as a spectator from the stands, the Chelsea boss will be looking to defenders Gary Cahill and David Luiz to be able to offer the foundations on which the side will build from but with both players still only recently coming back from hamstring injuries and a lack of match time, surely the Germans will be looking to exploit the centre of the Chelsea defence with their frightening pace, of which they have in bucket loads?
You can expect to see Fernando Torres being left on the bench for the start of this one in our eyes, the scoring record of powerhouse striker Didier Drogba seems enough to edge him out in front of the Spaniard in terms of the selection process and with the Ivory Coast international looking likely to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, he will have a point to prove as he looks to show that he can still offer quality at the highest level of club football possible.
Will the Blues be able to make a new addition to their club history with the UEFA Champions League trophy being added to their growing number of cup trophies or will they experience the painful experience of losing the in final all over again?