Luzhniki District, Moscow - Monday 19 May 2008/6AM.......Both teams arrived here at Center Stage for the 2008 Champions League final late last week and have a few days of intense training under their belts. Everything is going according to plan for Chelsea so far, with no last minute suprises to speak of. Both teams will be holding a Press Conference Tuesday afternoon before they begin practice and the starting line ups will be announced then. Manager Avrom Grant has assured us that the top three members of the Chelsea attack, Striker Didier Drogba and defenders John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho are healthy, eager and ready to play. Both Drogba and Captain John Terry suffered injuries during the season's final match against Bolton with Drogba coming away with a sore knee and Terry with a hyper extension of his left elbow, while Carvalho has been nursing a back injury he aquired earlier in the season. Carvalho is the only Chelsea player who hasn't participated in the full training schedule. He's been undergoing light duty because he wants to be at 100 percent for Wednesdays Match.
The Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium in Luzhniki, Moscow, nowadays called Luzhniki Stadium, is the biggest sports stadium in Russia. Its total seating capacity is 84,745 seats, all covered. The stadium is a part of the Luzhniki Sports Complex, geographically located at 55.715683° N 37.553533° E.
What to look for......There's no magical mathmatical formula that can provide us insight on which team is more likely to come away with the biggest prize in European club football. We're not apt to see any golden triangle offense because that's not the way these two teams play. This is going to be a game of "cat and mouse". Top Flight football at its finest. The game will be decided on which team makes more mistakes, which team is able to capitalize on the mistakes that are made, which Goalkeeper has best command of his net, that one kick that noone expected and which team Lady Luck shines the brightest on. This will be a game for the ages. A game of such historical significance that none us can truly realize what's about to take place. It will be the match of a life time for some of the greatest names in the game. Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Edwin Van Dar Sar, Petr Cech, Paul Scholes, Dider Drogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Ballock, Carlos Tevez, John Mikel Obi, Gary Neville, John Terry, Nemanja Vidic, Joe Cole and Owen Hargreaves to name only a few. We'll also see Sir Alex Ferguson, the pre eminent Manager in all of European football. These names are not new here. Many have competed in the Champions League final before, but this match is different. This is going to be the very first time that two teams from England have competed against each other. If you ask any of these men, they'll all tell you that this one means the most, and that's because this match isn't meerly for the bragging rights of a nation but for the bragging rights of an entire generation as well.