The problem with the victory of Chelsea is not just that they won, but more importantly the way that they won. It was undeserved. More than that, actually – it was a farce. [Chelsea] may call themselves the best team in Europe, but this will go down in football history as an accident.
Bayern Munich were, for all 120 minutes, better than the so-called best team in Europe. A week ago, as some Bayern players acknowledged after the DFB Cup final, their dominance was subjective. Not this time. The statistics list, a paragon of objectivity, reported 35 to nine shots on goal, and 20 to one corners. In no Champions League game this season has Bayern had more shots on goal and more corners than in this final – not even the 7-0 win against Basel.
But what’s the use complaining? Chelsea had travelled with the aim of having as little as possible to do with the football game. They leaned back in their rocking chairs around the penalty area – they’re all a little older – and waited for the end of the game.
Mario Volpe of Bild said Bayern’s players had the look of men who had been robbed in their own homes.
Our city, our stadium, our cup stood to win on the stunning choreography of [our] goal. At that moment I was sure of it. The Bavarians get the thing. A huge party, the City Hall balcony, a car parade. I was going to write this historic moment for the Bavarians. Even for a reporter, that’s not an everyday occurrence. And then this: Olic misses, Schweinsteiger misses. Drogba hits. Chelsea cheers. Incredulous, I look at the scene of devastation. The players cry. I feel for them.