Bayern Munich manager accuses Chelsea’s Didier Drogba of being a ‘good actor’ on eve Champion’s League Final
BAYERN Munich coach Jupp Heynckes today accused Chelsea’s Didier Drogba of being an accomplished diver.
"Drogba, for many years, has been one of the top strikers in the Premier League and is definitely dangerous - he can score at any moment," Heynckes said.
"Sometimes he overdoes it a bit. Sometimes he's an outstanding actor on the pitch."
That is tellingly the only piece of criticism Heynckes offered against a Chelsea side who have reached the final despite a Premier League season chairman Bruce Buck branded unsatisfactory.
Indeed, the Bayern boss is wary of the favourites' tag bestowed upon his own team, largely as a result of them playing at their own ground.
However, he is determined to exploit that advantage to the full.
"We may not have this chance again, to play the final in our own stadium, the Allianz Arena," said Heynckes, who was chided by a Uefa official for not referring to the ground as the Fussball Arena Munchen, which it has been rebranded as for tomorrow's match.
"I'm going to talk to the team and perhaps drive the team bus through Munich, see everything with red and white flags and talk with the people.
"That would be fantastic preparation for a Champions League final.
"(Bayern president) Uli Hoeness said two years ago that he had a dream.
"The dream was to play the final of the Champions League in our own stadium. We've made it.
"This is where I'd like to limit these declarations.
"We're playing a team with huge experience, fantastic organisation, outstanding players.
"If I look at the path of Chelsea through the group stage and in the knockout, they beat Napoli 4-1 - a team we played who are a top team - then beat Barcelona, the best team in the world. Then drew 2-2 there with a man down. That's a sufficient warning for everybody.
"I don't share the euphoria you hear outside that we're the favourites. In a Champions League final, there is no favourite.
"At Chelsea, they have players who have won everything apart from this, and it's their dream to win it, too.
"We may have a tiny advantage from playing at home in our own stadium, and we'll have our own dressing room etc etc... so we know every blade of grass on the pitch.
"That could make a difference."