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Drogba can sign off with a rousing symphony in Munich

| 19.05.2012

Chelsea head to the Allianz Arena as 15/8 outsiders to lift the Champions League trophy for the first time in their history but will be buoyed by their goalscoring prowess in Europe.

The Blues have netted in all of their 13 European fixtures this term and they have scored first in all of those games bar their impressive 2-2 draw in the Camp Nou, making them good value at 5/2 to be the first team to strike in the first half here.

The Pensioners will also be boosted by the fact that in six European Cup finals between German and English teams, only once has the victor been from the Bundesliga.

Another good omen for the London club lies ironically in the city that will host the final.

Despite being a home game for Bayern, who have won their last seven European ties in Bavaria, the last three finals to be held in Munich have resulted in a new winner of the competition.

Chelsea will be determined to continue that trend.

This also provides the opportunity for some of the old-guard to repay owner Roman Abramovich with the trophy he craves the most.

The London club’s go-to man over the last few years has been the talismanic Didier Drogba, a man with whom they enjoy a 67% win rate, but in his absence this subsides to 59%.

The powerful Ivorian has scored five times in this season’s competition, and with this rumoured to be his last game for the club he is 9/1 to net first in Germany.

A real Hollywood ending for one of the Stamford Bridge side’s longest serving players would be for the 34-year old to round off the scoring at 8/1, on what looks set to be his last appearance in a blue shirt.



Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.