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Having played against the Bavarian outfit here is what the Indian national team players had to say about Bayern facing Chelsea in the Champions League final on Saturday night...

Goal.com contacted Team India players Nirmal Chettri and Gouramangi Moirangthem to hear what they had to say about the much awaited contested between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

As Saturday night draws closer, and the curtains are set to drop on the Champions League grande finale at the Allianz Arena, here is what the Indian stars voiced out...


Nirmal's prediction:
Bayern
1-2 Chelsea FC

Nirmal Chhetri is a Manchester United fan by virtue but has also developed a keen interest in following the German side especially after rubbing shoulders with some of Bayern's finest.

"I'm a neutral supporter in this contest but I want Bayern to win," confessed the 21-year-old.

"I think as usual Bayern Munich will be playing attacking football from the beginning," he stated.

The defender however expects a heartbreaking final score, against his desire, and went on to explain the basis of his prediction.

"My heart wants Bayern but I think Chelsea will win 2-1. Although Bayern have the home advantage playing at the Allianz Arena in front of their own crowd," he said.

He continued, "I do not think they (Bayern) will be as effective without [David] Alaba, [Holger] Badstuber and [Luiz] Gustavo while Chelsea have good replacements in David Luiz and [Gary] Cahill."

Nirmal also tipped Juan Mata to step up his performance in the absense of the Blues' midfielders Ramires and Raul Meireles, besides the voids of John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic. "Bayern do have good players like [Arjen] Robben, [Mario] Gomez and [Thomas] Muller but Chelsea have a better bench strength."


Gouramangi's prediction:
Bayern
3-1 Chelsea FC

On the other hand, we have an avid Chelsea supporter who was left dejected with the team's performance through the road to the final.

"The whole point was getting to the final, but I wasn't very impressed the way they (Chelsea) played in order to get to the final," Gouramangi Moirangthem admitted.

"Chelsea were very boring to watch against Barcelona. I mean the way they played was not entertaining but they made it to the final.

"Bayern were very positive throughout the tournament and it was very interesting the way they overcame Real Madrid," he added.

After a personal experience with Bayern having played the German side in Bhaichung Bhutia's testimonial match, the Manipuri is confused as to who would come out truimphs as his heart and head have different opinions.

"I played against Bayern so I can't decide right now what's it going to be since both teams are very much deserving to be in the final," he said.

"A final is a final - it's a game that everyone waits for and this is the biggest club game in the world.

"I want Chelsea to win," he said and predicted a final score of 3-1 in favour of Bayern. "Gomez was very impressive in the semi-final and I expect him to fire again on Saturday night."

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