Former Germany captain Michael Ballack believes Bayern Munich are the favourites to secure Champions League glory, but insists Chelsea can take the title (match betting – 90 mins – Bayern Munich 4/5, draw 11/4, Chelsea 10/3 with bet365).
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Ballack, who has enjoyed spells with both Bayern and the Blues, feels the fact the final will take place at the Allianz Arena gives Bayern the advantage but believes Chelsea have the quality to secure their first ever Champions League crown.
“Everything looks like Bayern are favourites, they are playing at home which is a big advantage in a final,” he told Chelsea TV.
“They kicked out Real Madrid in the semis, and although they were two tight games, they deserved it.
“They have a good team and were in the final two years ago, when they lost against Inter Milan, so they’re very hungry.
“But Chelsea know their strengths and know their quality.
“They’ve had a difficult season but in the last few weeks have showed what they can do.
“They play exactly how they know they have to in order to win and they still have unbelievable quality.”
Chelsea have a number of players missing for the final on Saturday, defenders John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic are both suspended, as are midfielders Raul Meireles and Ramires.
The Blues also have fitness concerns over David Luiz and Gary Cahill, while Bayern will be without Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber (To lift the trophy – Bayern Munich 4/9, Chelsea 15/8 with bet365).