Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: 5 Players to Watch in UEFA Champions League Final

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IMay 17, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 25:  Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich celebrates with fans after scoring the winning penalty during the UEFA Champions League second leg semi-final match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Every player possesses the potential to turn the tide.

In soccer, a single play is often the difference in a match. When Bayern Munich and Chelsea face off in the UEFA Champions League final, these are the five players to watch. Any one of these individuals could make that game-winning play.

5. Frank Ribery

Ribery is one of the Germans' most effective offensive weapons. Not only has he scored 17 goals this season—good enough for third on the team—but led the way for Bayern Munich with 15 assists as well.

4. Frank Lampard

Lampard is one of Chelsea’s most talented goal scorers and must live up to his reputation for his club to pull off the victory. He recorded 16 goals this season, three taking place in UEFA Champions League play.

3. Manuel Neuer

Neuer is coming off a poor performance against Borussia Dortmund in which he allowed five goals, but look for him to bounce back with a vengeance. He conceded just 36 goals this year while making an incredible 97 saves.

2. Juan Mata

The prodigy-turned-stud will play a huge role in Chelsea’s ability to knock out Bayern Munich. Neuer is extremely talented, and if the Blues plan on scoring more than one goal, there’s a high probability that Mata will have to be a part of it. He’s tied for third on the team in goals scored this season and leads the squad in assists with an impressive total of 19.

1. Mario Gomez

Gomez has been phenomenal this season. He defines the label of a scoring machine. He launched a whopping 40 balls into the opposition’s net this year and his performance in the final will make or break the German club.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.