Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has urged his men to forget about their past disappointments in the Champions League and beat Bayern Munich on Saturday night (Bayern 4/6, Chelsea 4/1, draw 16/5 – Match Prices with bet365).
The Blues have never won the competition and lost out in the 2008 final to Manchester United when John Terry slipped while taking his spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.
They also suffered a controversial injury-time defeat to Barcelona in the semi-final 12 months later as the search for an elusive first victory in Europe’s elite club completion continues.
But an amazing triumph over the Catalans in the semi-finals has given the Stamford Bridge outfit the chance to atone for the previous woes and Di Matteo, who only took charge of the team back in March after Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking, is confident his charges can wipe the slate clean with victory in the Allianz Arena.
“You make your own destiny and fate,” he said. “Reaching the last stages of this competition is difficult enough let alone the final.
“We can win it and we have to believe and have the confidence to do so.”
Chelsea will have to do without inspirational skipper John Terry, who is suspended, along with Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic, and it may well have to be another top defensive display that sees them lift the trophy (Chelsea 1-0 Winners – 12/1 with bet365).
But Di Matteo is adamant the Londoners will claim the top prize at some stage and hopes that it will be this weekend.
“Sooner or later it will come,” he added. “We hope it’s Saturday. But with the quality that’s been at this club before and will certainly come into this club again, it will happen.”