The events on May 19, 2012, lingers in the minds of everyone associated with record German champions Bayern Munich. It was the night of the Champions League final, played at their own stadium the Allianz Arena, and they had made it there.
To get to the final, Bayern Munich had beaten a Real Madrid side managed by Jose Mourinho and would face a Chelsea team that finished outside the top four places in the English Premier League. This was supposed to be their night.
However, Chelsea and Didier Drogba, in particular, had other ideas. The Blues won via a penalty shootout in a game that had two goals in the last 10 minutes and an extra-time penalty miss from Arjen Robben.
Bayern Munich did win the Champions League the following season by Beating Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund at Wembley, but that defeat by Chelsea still hurts. They have never met since that eventful night, that will change this Tuesday.
The Bavarians visit Stamford Bridge with revenge on their minds. The Germans have in their ranks one of the best strikers of this generation: Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland international has been on the losing end of a Champions League final. Interestingly, he was in the Dortmund team that lost to Bayern Munich in 2013.
At 31 years of age, Lewandowski has scored 51 goals for club and country this season and is the joint top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals, tied with Erling Haaland.
Frank Lampard captained the winning team 8 years ago but the Chelsea manager knows that his young squad will need to be at their very best to contain the ruthless Germans. Tottenham Hotspurs underestimated them in the group stages and ended up losing 7-2 at home.
This will be a meeting of two teams who started a rivalry in one of the most talked-about European finals in the recent past. Led by the evergreen Lewandowski, Bayern will be hoping to inflict pain on Frank Lampard and his young Blues.