For all the Champions League pedigree of Chelsea and Bayern Munich, the arrival of those two teams in next month's final can only be seen as a huge shock that has changed the complexion of the season.
Both teams reached the final within the past five years but were widely considered as major underdogs in their semifinals against Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively, who most observers expected to square off in an El Clasico final May 19.
The chances of Chelsea and Bayern, as well as their dramatic routes to reach the title game, are analyzed in this week's edition of the Yahoo! Soccer Podcast, in conjunction with World Football Daily.
I host the show and am joined by former United States national team legend Eric Wynalda, a commentator and analyst with Fox Soccer. Wynalda breaks down the Chelsea-Bayern matchup and looks at the impact of a string of key suspensions to both teams, including Chelsea captain John Terry following his red card against Barca.
Terry continues to be a hot topic of discussion even though he will not take the field in the final, and World Football Daily co-host Sophie Nicolaou and I engage in a heated discussion on whether Terry should be allowed to collect the trophy should Chelsea win it, or if those duties should pass to another player.
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