Red and Blue line ups for final this week! (Possible)
By Andrew Cuff
Sunday 18 May 2008 17:00:00
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As the final looms and the invasion of Russia, by the red and blue armies of United and Chelsea, commences, we all wait with baited breath. Each team looking for weakness or opportunity in the other, to take advantage, in this the most crucial match of the season. The capital Moscow bracing for the fanatics of each club and attempting to set plans in place to control and manage unforeseeable events.

All we hope for is a great match between the best clubs in Europe, after conquering every other club and leaving them in their wake the two English clubs prepare to take the Cup!

As preparations have been in progress the teams should be almost ready to tackle this match. Let us look at the possible teams. Ferguson in search of his 18th title with United means he will throw everything he has at Chelsea. The likely United line up starts with keeper Van Der Sar; I expect to see Ferdinand and Vidic in central defence with Evra down the left and possibly Hargreaves on the right giving United the very attacking option, though Ferguson may opt for Silvestre. In the midfield, there is little doubt we’ll see Ronaldo down one of the wings my guess is right to start with meaning Giggs down the left. Ronaldo with some transfer talk around a possible move to Real Madrid, though it all seems like fake rumours built up by anti United sentiment; Ronaldo seems quite content to stay under Ferguson’s guidance. In central midfield Scholes is likely to dominate with Carrick (who has just signed another contract deal with United); the pair of them make a formidable team and could control the match from here. Up front we are likely to see Rooney, his partner is the big question as Tevez has been showing some signs of fatigue after a long season, Ferguson may opt for Nani and bring Ronaldo up front. It all depends on how fit he feels Tevez is. Substitutes we will then probably see Kuszczak, O’Shea, Park and Saha.

Chelsea have a massive squad, though after Drogba’s antics at Stamford Bridge the referee will have both eyes on him and hopefully will not put up with his arguments. Defence being the key for Chelsea who usually play a 4-5-1 formation, Ballack being the pivotal player in their team. Chelsea’s strength came in their wide attacks against the 4-4-2 United formation and how United deal with this will determine the outcome of the game in my opinion. The speculation over Drogba’s possible move away from Chelsea may move his mind and concentration away from the task at hand; trying to steal the Champion’s League cup from United’s grasp.

The bookies all seem to be in favour of United winning the game in the first 90 minutes, though it is only a marginal difference. Personally I hope for an amazing game with the decider coming in the normal game time or extra time, penalty decider would be a disappointment to me. Though we all will be transfixed by this game no matter what the team line ups are!

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