F.C Bayern Munchen Vs F.C. Internazionale Milano

As I write it is almost 24 hours until the final of the Champions League 2010 or as some may prefer to put it, it’s 24 hours until the next episode in the Jose Mourinho show.

I beg to differ…

This should be a fascinating match-up between the two form teams in European club football this season. Both have enjoyed domestic successes despite indifferent seasons, but in Europe both have become form horses at exactly the correct time.

This is due in no part to excellent management from their respective coaches, Louis Van Gaal, coach of Bayern and the one and only, Jose Mourinho (pictured below), the coach of Inter.

Though as some prefer to call them, it is a battle of the sorcerer (Van Gaal) and his apprentice (Mourinho), as Mourinho worked under the experience guidance of Van Gaal during a spell at F.C. Barcelona in the late 1990’s.

This excellent match up, has so much more to offer the football purest, despite having two fine coaches, hell-bent on winning and winning with their well-known individual styles.

Both teams have the chance to win the treble on Saturday, having already collected their domestic league and cup doubles in the past week, though the treble is a much more prestigious achievement in the modern game as the double has slightly lost it’s edge.

With doing so, either team will become only the sixth team in european club history to achieve this glamorous feat, though it will be the second in two seasons following F.C. Barcelona’s success last season.

It will also be a second in a row for Inter forward, Samuel Eto’o, should Inter succeed, as he was part of the Barcelona triumph last year. These possibilities will hopefully make for a great spectacle, but we do hope with bated breath.

Mourinho’s Inter have regularly been accused of ‘parking the bus’ in order to progress and some fractions in a certain suburb of Manchester believe Bayern have cheated and used luck to progress, on more than one occasion, just ask our Fiorentina fanatics about the ‘offside goal’, which eventually dumped them out of the tournament.

But, luck, so-called bending the rules, parking of said buses, mind games, etc… It is part of modern football and frankly without elements of most if not all of these then making it to the final would be extremely difficult.

A certain French superstar, Frank Ribery (pictured below), misses this fixture through suspension and afer having a turbulent couple of months on and off the pitch, his team mates deserves to take the spot light from him.

As do the team mates of Mario Balotelli, the promising, young forward at Inter, was seems hell-bent of taking the limelight from his colleagues with his tantrums and tiara style shenanigans.

Please can we just let the football do the talking…

I have doubts that this will be an entertaining spectacle, though I do hope to be proven wrong. I just feel both teams will be extremely focused on achieving success, that it will be a ‘don’t lose’ at all costs mentality.

It will be a watchable game all the same and for those who do enjoy tactical football encounters, sit back, relax and let the chess pieces start moving.

Finally, as for my predictions, I am going with Inter to win 2-1 in extra time. Head over to http://www.oddschecker.com/football/champions-league/bayern-munich-v-inter/win-market and check out the odds for the match.

Enjoy the game and please let me know your predictions prior to the game or your after-match thoughts in the comments section below.

Cheers for reading.

Gaffers

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