Can Di Matteo pull of a spectacular double?
UEFA need to change their rules regarding totting up yellow cards during the knockout phase of the Champions League.
Their current system means we are deprived of no less than six players for the Champions league final and that surely tells you that the system does not work.
It is not as if a player wants to get booked and miss the final is it?
A poorly timed or ill-judged tackle can mean that a player misses what for most is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Raul Meireles, particularly, can count himself extremely unlucky not to be playing for picking up a very soft second yellow card in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona.
The game has moved on and it is faster and more than competitive than ever and the rules need to be updated accordingly.
Missing the final through a sending off is fair enough, however the two booking rule is outdated and inconsistent.
In the European Championships in 2012 any previous bookings will be discounted from the quarter finals onwards so it does not make sense to have this inconsistency for different competitions.
Arguing the case for a rule change though is akin to pissing into a full force gale – UEFA have already stated that there will be no rule change until 2015
Michael van Praag, the Dutch UEFA executive committee member who is head of the body's Champions League Rules group, was quoted on FIFPro's website saying: "We have just had three sessions with representatives of the European Clubs' Association and others, in which we confirmed the rule for the coming three years.
"We did not receive any request whatsoever concerning the yellow card rule, not even from the representative of Bayern Munich. And so we will be continuing the rule for the next three years."
They probably didn't get any requests to change the rules because football club officials did not want to get their clothes wet.
Besides, it is for the governing body to oversee the game and if they can't see a clear case of the rules destroying their own final then there is no hope.
Chelsea will be missing Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles, with Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber suspended for Bayern all for picking up two yellow cards in four games.
Chelsea captain John Terry will miss the game through suspension after being sent off against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg at the Nou Camp, inexplicably kneeing Sanchez in the back of the leg with ball nowhere in sight.
So Chelsea are missing four of their best players. Who will they have to replace them?
David Luiz and Gary Cahill should make up the central defence but they are both returning from injury and the alternative – Boswinga and Mikel (who also has a slight knee problem) is lightweight and not good enough to stop Arjen Robben and Gomes.
In midfield Lampard is a shoe in but Malouda is doubtful and just compounds the selection problems for Di Matteo.
Could he possibly consider starting Drogba AND Torres against Bayern? It would be a brave call but his other options are thin and in a final you want your best players available on the pitch. Besides it looks to me like Torres is playing himself back into his best form and is a real goal threat.
For Bayern midfielder Luis Gustavo is going to be sorely missed, along with left back David Alaba and central defender Badstuber.
Bayern's manager Heynkes has better back up options to choose from and he can decide between Tymoschuk and Van Buyten to play at the back, and think about playing Rafinha on the right whilst moving skipper Philipp Lahm to the left - or he could just do a like for like swap using Diego Contento in Alaba's position.
Overall as a neutral you have to feel that Chelsea are the side weakened the most by the two booking rule. John Terry's indiscretion has also played into Bayern's hands.
Bayern have better and fitter options ready to step forward and replace those who are ineligible. Any more injuries for Chelsea and they are starting to look to the youth team for replacements.
Considering the quality of the opposition, the amount of players they have out and Bayern playing in their own back yard if Chelsea win this then it will be their greatest ever achievement.
You could make a case that Chelsea's makeshift defence managed to hold out against Barcelona in the second half of their second semi-final but Bayern will have had time to come up with a plan B that Barcelona did not have.
All the signs point to a Bayern victory but in this mad, mad season of defensive heroics and last minute comebacks Chelsea winning on penalties would not surprise me in the least.
Those who got on at 18/1 for Chelsea to do the FA Cup and Champions League double are still in with a shout.
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