Man Utd. and Chelsea set for all important CL final clash

21May08

This is the first time that the final will see an all-Enlglish clash. The old synthetic pitch was ripped up after England’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Russia in October and a new grass one laid in readiness for the final.The final falls 50 years after the Munich air crash claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight United players. United will be hoping to mark the anniversary by lifting the greatest prize in European club football. United have previously won in 1968 and 1999, while this is the first final Chelsea have made. After arriving in Moscow on Monday, the two teams trained on the pitch on Tuesday. Chelsea suffered a late injury scare when defender Ashley Cole looked in some pain after a strong challenge from Claude Makelele while training. Apart from Cole, both teams are expected to be at full-strength for the final that will be played in front of 69,500 fans inside the Luzhniki Stadium and a television audience of millions. More than 40,000 English fans are expected to travel to watch the match. Slovakian Lubos Michel is the match referee, who officiated in the Champions League semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool in 2005, when Luis Garcia was controversially award the goal that saw the Reds progress to the final.

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