Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his Bayern Munich teammates that Chelsea are not to be underestimated ahead of the Champions League final next month.
Bayern booked a place in the showpiece – which this year is being held at their home ground, the Allianz Arena – with a penalty shoot-out win over Real Madrid on Wednesday evening.
Although there is always an element of luck when victory is secured through spot-kicks, Bayern were good value for their win having shown both defensive and attacking excellence against a much-fancied Madrid side.
And the manner of their performances over the two legs, combined with their home advantage for the final, means the Bavarian outfit are odds-on favourites at 2/5 to win the Champions League trophy for the fifth time in their history.
Schweinsteiger: “We are playing a Chelsea side who beat the best team in the world over two matches.”
Nevertheless, midfielder Schweinsteiger has warned his teammates that they will not have an easy time of it against opponents Chelsea, particularly given the exploits of Roberto di Matteo’s men in the last four.
While Chelsea’s 3-2 triumph over Barcelona owed more to resilience and defensive discipline than to attacking flair, Schweinsteiger paid tribute to the magnitude of the Blues’ achievement.
“We are playing a Chelsea side who beat the best team in the world over two matches,” Schweinsteiger noted.
Arjen Robben, who scored for Bayern in the second leg against Real last night, also paid tribute to his former side’s defensive resilience.
“I saw their semi-final against Barcelona and they did well in a defensive capacity – you could say they parked the bus in their own area,” he commented.
With this in mind, is it still too much to imagine Chelsea pulling off another miracle at the Allianz Arena and getting the better of opponents rated as strong favourites?
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