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Champions League Final

Andrew StevensCorrespondent IMay 2, 2008

The Champions League Final is set:  Manchester United will be taking on Chelsea for the title in Moscow on May 21st. 

There has been much gnashing of teeth from Madrid to Moscow about these finals, and the idea of two English teams in the last game has lead to Anglophobes leaping out of the woodwork on both sides of the Atlantic. 

More restrained opinions see these finals for what they are, which is two top-flight football clubs having an opportunity to showcase their talents on the world's stage.  Perhaps Vladimir Putin can take some time out from his political machinations and see some excellent football in in his own back yard.  It should be a fantastic match. 

There is so much intrigue, much of which comes from Chelsea's side.  Does Avram Grant really need to defend his job status after his success this year?  Can Chelsea's stars step it up?  Does Chelsea have what it takes to beat Manchester United in both the EPL and the Champions League?  These questions will be answered on the pitch, and not in the media.  Until the games start there will be endless speculation about the stars on both clubs.  May 21st can't get here soon enough.

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