Arsène Wenger

Are Bayern Munich the home side? Not for me

Arsene Wenger

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You cannot compare a final with a match at home. A match at home in the league is a real one: that means 95 per cent of supporters are there for the hosts. In a final, it's 50-50, so it's not the same, even if it is your own stadium.

So except for the fact that you know the locker room and the best route to the stadium, in terms of support it's a neutral game. Generally they are 40 per cent of fans for each team, so any particular influence on the referee does not exist and the atmosphere is more neutral and more friendly. It's not a typical home game so on this level I don't think it will be a huge disadvantage for Chelsea.

Both clubs want redemption after losing recent Champions League finals, and I feel it will lead to a match in which each side will remain faithful to their tactics.

Chelsea will continue to sit in their half of the pitch, using set pieces and counter-attacks to threaten, while Bayern will stay faithful to their traditional style of play of taking the ball and trying to make the difference.

What are the psychological scars after their respective lost finals? This will be interesting. I think Bayern have a little bit more creative potential but Chelsea have the experience and a 'killer' side in great matches that can really hurt.

It's practically impossible to say who will be favourite in that respect. I would say 55 per cent for Bayern and 45 per cent for Chelsea. Just a small advantage for Bayern...

Yes, Chelsea will be without Terry, Ivanovic, and Ramires, but they have good players available on the bench: players like Essien, Malouda, Kalou, Sturridge, and Torres. And don't forget that even with Terry sent off against Barcelona, playing with 10 men and with Bosingwa as a centre-back, they did a great job.

I don't think it's decisive for them. It's a handicap but Bayern also have suspended players. It's difficult to predict and finals are always a unique match that, on D-day, you have to win.

If Chelsea had to play 10 matches without them, okay. But only one match, a final no less, it's totally special!

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Wenger's Arsenal defeated Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge, but will have to qualify for next season's Champions …

At Arsenal we took Chelsea's situation regarding qualification for the Champions League next season as an absolute inspiration to finish third at all costs because to finish fourth means to live in uncertainty, and we would in effect end up wishing that an English club doesn't win the final.

So it's better to be third, but that's the rule. We knew it at the beginning, it's the way it is and we have to accept it.

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