With the close of domestic European seasons this past weekend, the footballing world turns its eye toward the world’s most watched club competition final. The Champions League crown will be rewarded to either Bayern Munich or Chelsea as the two are set to square off this Saturday in Munich.
There have been a hundred different breakdowns of what we can expect in this match and a thousand more before the ball gets rolling in less than a week. The “expert” analyses of commentators and pundits will put their own spin on how things will break down, making ludicrous score-line predictions armed with no more knowledge than their own egoism.
This article will steer clear of such narcissism and focus more on the actual facts that are known about the teams, and how those facts will work themselves into play at the final. Here are 15 factors that could decide the outcome of the 2012 Champions League final.