Veterans pace the Blues

Didier Drogba, Petr Cech save their best for (the) last (moments)

Updated: May 21, 2012, 3:03 PM ET
By Roger Bennett | ESPN

At the outset of the 2011-12 Champions League, few foresaw this matchup as the final. Bayern Munich, runners-up in the Bundesliga, versus Chelsea, which mustered a sixth-place finish in the Premier League. It was the equivalent of attending a hot-ticket show on Broadway only to find two understudies filling the starring roles.

True to form, the first 45 minutes were such a clumsy affair, the haircuts were in danger of overshadowing the football. Salomon Kalou and his arachnophile ...

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