Form: PLD 12, W 8, D 2, L 2, GOALS F 26, A 10
Every team makes it to the final on merit, but the route Bayern Munich have taken will take some beating.
Handed the group-of-death, the Bavarian giants had to contend with Napoli, Villareal and Manchester City.
Like Chelsea, home form in the group stages was also vital, but the calm, assured way they disposed of Manchester City in match day two will not be lost on anyone.
Two routine results (a win away to struggling Villareal and a draw away to Napoli) set Munich up with only needing three points from their last two games to win the group, and they achieved this with a nervous win over Napoli in the Allianz Arena in match day five.
Leading the Bundesliga at the time, Bayern were playing with all the swagger you would expect of one of Europe's leading sides, and a first half hat-trick from Mario Gomez should have put the tie to bed with Munich leading 3-0 at the interval.
However, Napoli came out all guns blazing in the second half and scored early, before Bastian Schweinsteiger was forced to withdraw with a broken collarbone in the 53rd minute.
From there Munich's game fell apart.
Napoli went on to dominate the bad-tempered second half and scored a second goal with 10 minutes remaining, but in the end, Munich hung on to claim first place in Group A.
The Last 16 saw Bayern draw Basel, but the Swiss champions were utterly destroyed 7-0 in the Allianz Arena in the second leg. Having won 1-0 in the first leg it seemed as if the big occasion got to Basle and Munich were in no mood to be sympathetic.
Another routine stroll saw Heynckes' men easily beat Marseille in the quarterfinals with back-to-back 2-0 wins. Then the big guns came to town.
Enter: Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid.
The 2-1 win in the first leg, with Mario Gomez only scoring the winner in injury time, suggests that the game was a tight affair, but in truth Munich were by far the better team. They were well organised at the back, and bossed midfield to such a huge extent that it was surprising they did not win by a bigger margin.
The return leg was set to be a titanic affair and it certainly lived up to its billing as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two early goals to put Madrid 3-2 ahead on aggregate.
However, Bayern were in no mood to roll over and pulled level after Arjen Robben scored from the penalty spot. From there, normal business resumed with the German side dominating matters with their superior midfield, surely one of the best of modern times.
Home soil was key to Munich's progress to "home soil" and it is important to note that on the way to playing in the "Allianz Arena" they won six games out of six, scored 19 goals and only conceded five.