No Messi, no Ronaldo, no Spanish team at all. This UEFA Champions League final could not have worked out any better for the millions of football fans who are sick of the petty nonsense that accompanies both of those players and their teams as Real Madrid were bounced out by Bayern Munich in penalties tonight.
The Germans are set to face off against the shock of the footballing season, Chelsea, who against all probability outright defeated Barcelona in their semifinal draw Tuesday.
There are many who will be put off by such a final and for good reason. Despite the results, it is still difficult to argue that the two best teams in the world aren’t both Spanish. At the very least they play the style of football that most find more attractive than the two who will meet on May 19th in Munich.
But it is foolish to write this off as unnecessary viewing right off the bat. Here are 10 reasons why this will be as good a Champions League final as ever.