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|Bayern Munich 1-1 Chelsea (3-4 pens): Five observations as Chelsea finally clinch the UEFA Champions League|
Against all odds, Chelsea secured their first UEFA Champions League title with a penalty shoot-out win against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. A late goal in normal time from Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead until Didier Drogba headed home a corner in the 88th minute to equalise and set up the eventual penalty shoot-out.
Bayern dominated the majority of the game and had numerous chances to put the game to bed, including Arjen Robben's second half penalty miss.
Chelsea defend resolutely and had long-serving goalkeeper Peter Cech to thank for saving three penalties; one in normal time and two in the shoot-out.
1. John Obi-Mikel
The best player on the pitch in my opinion. Mikel was marginalised by previous Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas and has worked his way back in the team since the installation of Roberto Di Matteo. Mikel's protection and coverage of the back four was outstanding. His distribution throughout the game was of an extremely high standard.
2. Penalty misses
German sides are famed for their effectiveness in penalty shoot-outs. However, the Bavarians missed once in extra time and twice in the shoot-out. Robben's extra time penalty miss was the most important as it would have gave Bayern an almost unassailable lead because of Chelsea's defensive mindset
3. Gary Cahill and David Luiz
Both of Chelsea's central defenders had outstanding games. Contending with striking powerhouse Mario Gomez, Luiz tamed his own attacking instincts and Cahill defended with leadership from the back as he proved that his big money transfer from Bolton was funds well spent by Chelsea.
4. Cutting edge
Bayern dominated possession throughout the 120 minutes and despite creating many chances, could only score one goal. Many shooting opportunities presented themselves to Bayern's attackers, but each time the shot would be tame or a Chelsea player would make a heroic block. Gomez was not his usual clinical self spurning a number a chances to establish a lead for Bayern
5. Arjen Robben
The “flying Dutchman” was arguably the key player in helping Bayern secure the championship. However, he let his side down on numerous occasions during the final. He mis-hit many shots within striking range of goal and also missed the penalty that would have put Bayern 2-1 up in the second half of extra time.