Coaches on edge ahead of UEFA Champions League final

21st May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

On Saturday, 22nd May, Europe’s biggest club prize will be contested by two giant European clubs aiming to complete the final leg of an historic treble. You guessed it, the UEFA Champions League final is Saturday’s main dish, as German Champions Bayern Munich clash with Italian domineers Inter Milan in the first ever Saturday night final clash, and it’s a night which promises to deliver a treble-winning side.

Saturday, 22nd May – UEFA Champions League Final (19:45 GMT), Live on ITV1

For the two sets of players involved, it’s going to be one of the biggest nights of their life’s, 90 minutes which could ultimately define the rest of their careers. You would be foolish to forget that many of the players likely to feature on Saturday will head straight out to their respective camps ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and while they’re contesting the biggest club competition final in the world, their international managers will be watching intently, praying not just that their players come out on the winning team but that they also walk away from the Santiago Bernabeu unscathed. In fact, the latter is far more important and will have hit home more to every single manager with the recent news that Michael Ballack, who sustained an injury in Chelsea’s final game of the season in a domestic cup final, will miss the entirety of the South African finals because of an ankle injury.

Ballack’s ankle injury will have provided those international managers still waiting on a few key individuals to join up with the rest of the camp with a firm reality check, a reminder that absolutely anything can happen between now and the finals, and that one rash tackle is all it takes to rule out your best and most influential player. So, on Saturday the likes of Joachim Low and Bert Van Marwijk will spend the whole night on tenterhooks, awaiting some positive news that their player(s) finished the game without a knock. Only secondary will the managers take notice of whether or not their player(s) arrive in camp with a Champions League winners medal. However, a Champions League medal around your neck will do any player the world of good in terms of morale and confidence, and for someone like Joachim Low, who has no less than seven players involved in Saturday’s proceedings, that could be a huge boost, one that could enhance the atmosphere around the rest of the camp having a Champions League winner or two in the midst.


So who exactly are we waiting on, which players might play a part in Saturday’s Champions League final?

Argentina: Martin Demichellis (Bayern Munich), Diego Milito (Inter Milan), Walter Samuel (Inter Milan)
Brazil: Lucio (Inter Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Maicon (Inter Milan)
Cameroon: Samuel Eto (Inter Milan)
Germany: Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Hans-Jorg Butt (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Holger Badtuber (Bayern Munich), Bastien Schweinstieger (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)
Holland: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Marc Van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
Serbia: Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan),

There are some big names in that mix, some key players which are running the risk of picking up a nasty injury, although it’s a worthwhile risk considering. Germany’s Joachim Low faces a nervy night though, with seven of his players involved, as well will Holland’s Bert Van Marwijk who has three. Dunga of Brazil will be waiting on three as well, as does Diego Maradona of Argentina.

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