Will United do the double or will Chelsea win in Moscow? The Soccer Saturday panel share their views.Back to story
Man United will pip it 2-1. I think the Chelsea faithful seem to forget they beat a very peculiar Man United team afew weeks ago on the strength of a silly late penalty. Im glad we're going into this as 'underdogs'. Personally, I would like to see Paul Scholes lead the team out as captain because not one player in Europe deserves to lift that trophy more.
Posted 19:13 20th May 2008
I think man utd are scared of chelsea more then any other team in europe because we have proved time and time again we can beat them. Chelsea's midfield will be the key to the game and and god help utd if the drogba we all know turns up in moscow which i believe he will. ashley cole will keep ronaldo locked up all game again like he has done endless number of times ronaldo has never been in the game against chelsea. the only worry i belive chelsea have is tevez, hes always worried chelsea's defence. chelsea to win 2-1
Posted 17:34 20th May 2008
While Drogba is always a threat, the recent performances of Lampard, Ballack and Essien are Chelseas' biggest strength. United cannot afford less than a battling midfield capable of winning the ball, holding it and putting in well-timed tackles. For this reason, if Sir Alex plays Scholes instead of Anderson, that will be the most telling move - in favour of Avram Grant! While Scholes is at times a good distributor of the ball, he does not win tackles nor the ball, often loses the ball and most tellingly will slow down United's one-touch passing that so often launches lightning penetration into the opposition's 12 yard box. United's best defense is attack against Chelsea's surging midfield trio. 2-1 to the Blues if Scholes plays, and 2-0 to the Red Devils if not.
Posted 17:21 20th May 2008
Man U will win, because they have the best players in the world in each position. Rio and Vidic have easily proved their worth as the best central defenders in the world, and with the ever improving Wes Brown and incredibly Patrice Evra controlling the flanks, i can't see Drogba and co causing too many problems. If Ferguson plays Anderson and Hargreaves in central midfield, with Paul Scholes just in front of them, i sense that the pairing of Anderson and Hargreaves will be more than strong enough, to deal with the force of Lampard and Ballack, With the added incentive for Paul Scholes to collect his first European Cup medal, and so with Ryan Giggs, this time the incentive to break his club's all-time appearance record, i feel these two players will play to their full capacity and will make sure of the win. In addition to this, we also have, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez to choose from in order to score the vital United goals which will be needed to seal the cup, and with a total of over 70 goals between them for the season, i cannot see Chelsea's dodgy defence (Carvalho's and Terry injuries) being able to cope.U N I T E D
Posted 07:19 20th May 2008
I think this game could go one of two ways; it will either be a cagey close encounter which Chelsea will win due to the strength of players like Lampard, Ballack and Drogba whom you can keep out for 88 minutes but will punish you if you give them a single opportunity. Or it will be a Man Utd show, with long periods of possession for them and a resounding final score. Man Utd and Chelsea have played each other several times over the past few seasons and we have never seen one of these matches, but Man Utd have never had the team they do now. Im hoping for an entertaining game and also a comfortable 3-1 scoreline, but i live in hope.
Posted 22:59 19th May 2008
I have to disagree with Stephen Porter on his comments. How can he say that Chelsea have the mental strength when it comes to the crunch. When it came down to the crunch in the premiership title race they bottled it and in the last two seasons they have said it was there year in the champions league. Considering they are not even a big club what gives them the right to even think they deserve to win the competition. They bottled it in both there semi finals against a very poor Liverpool side.
Posted 22:29 19th May 2008
So most of the pundits have gone for Chelsea, i am a neutral but i hope Man U win, i love to watch them play although not lately and not against Barca or Chelsea in the league, it was strange to see Utd being so defensive, i think they will give it more of a go in the final, i hope so, i would never like to see Rooney as a defensive right sided midfielder again as in Barcelona, what a waste! If they go for it its Utd for me, if they try and play an alien defensive game, its Chelsea's, please not a final won by a set piece unless its a free kick masterpiece!
Posted 20:01 19th May 2008
I feel it is going to be a tight game with a tight call but after 92 minutes, it is definitely going to be John Terry raising the trophy. The hunger for that title is on them, and the anger will rage, the blues will rain sulpur and limestone on the man utd's defence, and with Ballack already roaring like the injured lion I think he will be unstoppable. There are 5 champions league winners, and they know what it takes to exploit opponents in final, hence I think chelsea will come out on top. Secondly, Ronaldo has been very formidable this season and currently antagonising Messi as the world best. But in top games and against top teams he has been muted way, making me think he is awya discussing transfer. His opponent A Cole has been a long time customer and should have no difficulty even though the boy is in form, handling him, but I think the danger man in man utd is Tevez, Man utd winning the title was the quality of Tevez, and he is the key man in such a game, but I think Terry who we all know is a defender who declares himself ass a living dead in this kind of game, he will give even his last blood for the team, and I think his presence in this game would be the key at the blues heart. Carvalho, another key who has been inflicted with curse of scoring against man utd, he is a world class defender who can also starts a counter attack. Essien four world class players in one man. I just think the physical threat of Chelsea and anger in them would visit, see the game and conquer. Anelka is a slicky runner and when he plays with Drogba upfront, they are likely to tear the defences apart as they did in the Liverpool game. I am definitely going for Chelsea to win 2-0 it may be surprising but from the mistake learnt against man utd in stamford bridge and against Liverpool, I think the blues defences will not permit any unentertainable entertainment of any red player in that blue defence.
Posted 15:47 19th May 2008