How Chelsea used words to beat Bayern Munich in 2012

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Everything was set up for Chelsea to lose against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final, but everything went in favour of the Blues that faithful night.

Bayern dominated and pressed for much of the game, but Chelsea fought and bought their luck. Petr Cech was in stunning form, while the Chelsea defence gave all they had.

Bayern had seen a goal disallowed for offside and Cech made many top saves, including a penalty save against Arjen Robben in extra time as everything seemed to work in Chelsea’s favour on Bayern’s home turf.

After much pressure, Thomas Müller finally gave Bayern the lead in the 83rd minute of the game, but an 88th minute bullet header from Didier Drogba brought Chelsea back to the game.

Chelsea’s win over Bayern was more psychological than any other thing as we’d see below.

Chelsea had just won their first corner of the game, and David Luiz ran up to contest it and as he passed Bastian Schweinsteiger he said: “And now goal.” Just after that, Juan Mata swung the corner in and Drogba scored with a bullet header to take the game to extra time.

Then, in the third minute of extra time Drogba fouled Ribéry to concede a penalty, and Chelsea hero Mikel Obi has revealed how he used words to unsettle Robben ahead of his kick.

According to the Guardian, Mikel has revealed how he went straight to Robben and said: “’Watch, I’m telling you, you’re going to miss it.’

“He wasn’t looking at me. We know each other from our days at Chelsea together. And I said to him: ‘You’re going to miss it. Watch and see. You’re definitely going to miss it.’ He didn’t say anything to me. He hit it and he missed. I was like: ‘Wow. I guessed right.’”

Can the Blues pull another special result and performance over a double leg Champions League second round tie against Bayern Munich?

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