• Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich
  • Date: Saturday 19 May
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Coverage: Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live commentary

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Pundits on Champions League


Chelsea caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo is "very hopeful" Gary Cahill and David Luiz will be fit to start Saturday's Champions League final.

The defenders returned to training ahead of the match against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena.

Cahill and Luiz have both been missing with hamstring injuries while Florent Malouda will train on Friday night after a hamstring problem of his own.

John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles are all suspended.

Cahill, who joined the Blues from Bolton in January, said: "I was sick when I got the injury so for me to make this one is a huge moment.


  • Bayern have won seven consecutive home matches en route to the final
  • The last time the sides met, in 2005 quarter-finals, Chelsea won 6-5 on aggregate. Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba all featured
  • Bayern are hoping to join Liverpool as the third most successful club in the European Cup by winning their fifth trophy. Only Real Madrid and AC Milan have won more
  • Bayern have won one and lost two of three previous finals against English clubs.
  • This is the sixth European Cup final between German and English teams - only once previously did the Bundesliga side prevail
  • A Bayern win would make Jupp Heynckes the 19th coach to have won the Cup twice, after his 1998 success with Real Madrid
  • Bayern have won 13 of their last 14 European home games, while Chelsea have won once on their travels in this season's campaign
  • Chelsea's only previous final appearance came in 2008 in Moscow when they lost on penalties to Manchester United

"It's my first final and it's in the biggest competition - sink or swim.

"You come here to play in these competitions and be a part of this.

"We've got a great chance now to lift the best trophy in club football."

Cahill believes that despite his absence, captain Terry will play a significant role in motivating the squad on Saturday.

He added: "He's a big presence in our team and our dressing room. He won't be playing but he'll be involved in the build-up.

"He'll be a big part of the day and we'll all see his influence."

Luiz has not featured since 15 April, while England international Cahill has missed the last five games with a similar problem.

He declared himself fit enough for Munich and said: "I'm so happy to return to training and now I can help Chelsea in this final."

Malouda failed to complete the first half of Chelsea's final Premier League game of the season against Blackburn on Sunday after straining a hamstring.

"We'll still assess Florent and it's going to be touch and go for him to be available for Saturday," added interim boss Di Matteo.

Bayern's Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber will also miss the final, which is being played at their home ground, the Allianz Arena, through suspension.