The goalkeeper says the hosts will be the favourites at the Allianz Arena as they are playing on home turf and feels big game experience could help the BluesBy Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that Roberto Di Matteo's side will be the underdogs in the Champions League final.
The Blues' goalkeeper believes that opponents Bayern Munich "must be the favourites" because of the advantage of the match being staged at the Allianz Arena, their home stadium.
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"No matter what we have done so far, we are playing away," he said, speaking at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground.
"We are playing at their own stadium. They will use their own dressing room before the game, so, basically, they are playing at home. They must be the favourites. Anybody who is playing at home is always the favourite."
Cech does not expect Chelsea’s experience of the big occasion to prove decisive against such equally proven opponents.
"It is always good when you have big game experience, no matter whether you win them or lose them," the goalkeeper explained. "You know how much pressure to expect and you know what to do in a game. It's the theory.
"In big games you never know what's going to happen. The experience is important, but let's not forget that Bayern Munich was in the final two years ago and Germany did very well in the World Cup as well a few years ago. They have a lot of experience too."
Chelsea will be missing suspended quartet John Terry, Ramires, Raul Meireles and Branislav Ivanovic in Munich but Cech believes their contribution should not be forgotten should the club win the first European Cup.
He said: "Let's see if we can do it without them and I hope we can do it without them. It would be great for them to be part of the team who wins the Champions League. They helped us all the way through to the final and they deserve in the same way to be the winners.
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Asked about the influence of caretaker manager Di Matteo, whose long-term future is in doubt, Cech replied: "He has done a very good job. He took us to winning the FA Cup. He also took us to the Champions League final, so he has done well."
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