Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Worst 5 Players in Champions League Final
Bayern Munich shot 48 times and their inability to convert carried over into the penalty shootout. Chelsea are UEFA Champions League winners—who would have predicted that?
Shades of Cristiano Ronaldo when Bastian Schweinsteiger hesitated in his penalty and then failed to convert.
Didier Drogba deserves a new contract just based on this game.
Against Barcelona, Chelsea banished the demons of Tom Henning Øvrebø.
Tonight, Chelsea gained closure from John Terry's slip in Moscow.
Here are the five worst players in the Champions League final.
5. Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben
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How inefficient was Arjen Robben tonight?
He took 15 shots and still didn't score.
When Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 1-0, Robben's penalty was to Roman Weidenfeller's bottom left.
Against Petr Čech, Robben placed his penalty in the same place.
Robben failed to score both times.
Surely he was supposed to take Bayern Munich's third penalty in the shootout?
Manuel Neuer stepped up and confidently accomplished what Robben couldn't do.
4. Chelsea: David Luiz
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David Luiz won back possession three times but also gave away five fouls.
He was fortunate that referee Pedro Proença didn't send him off for a second bookable offence.
Luiz was vulnerable when he attempted to intercept the ball. Three times, Bayern Munich fluffed gilt-edged opportunities after taking advantage of Luiz being in no-man's land.
He was at his best when he stayed back and threw his body at the ball—he blocked five shots.
He scored a vital penalty in the shootout.
3. Chelsea: José Bosingwa
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Was it a surprise that Bayern Munich's best attacks came from José Bosingwa's flank? Of course not.
Franck Ribéry and Diego Contento combined to send in seven crosses.
Three of Contento's passes were turned into shots whilst Ribéry created five shots.
Where was Bosingwa when Ivica Olić was through on goal?
Yes, Bosingwa did stuff his defensive stats by intercepting the ball five times and completing five tackles, but it was more to do with Bayern's wastefulness.
There was a reason why they overloaded on Bosingwa's flank.
2. Bayern Munich: Mario Gómez
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This season, Mario Gómez's efficiency in front of goal has allowed him to score 41 goals—12 in the UEFA Champions League.
Tonight, he wasted chance after chance.
Gómez shot five times but failed to trouble Petr Čech each time.
In the biggest game of the season, Gómez was missing in action.
The German forward struggled to deal with Gary Cahill's full-throttled defending.
The best thing Gómez did all night was dispatching Bayern Munich's second penalty in the shootout.
1. Chelsea: Salomon Kalou
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Salomon Kalou decided to have a spider cut into his hair.
He certainly didn't strike fear into Diego Contento, nor was Kalou Chelsea's Spider Man.
To illustrate how inept Kalou was, in the 65th minute with Chelsea on a counterattack, he inexplicably lost possession.
Giving away six free kicks was another low light.
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Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com.