Apr 27 2012 By Yann Tear
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PLAYING Bayern Munich in their own backyard is likelier to be tougher than facing the superstars of Real Madrid, according to Roberto Di Matteo.
The interim Chelsea boss, who oversaw one of the club's greatest nights on Wednesday when they somehow overcame Barcelona with 10 men, now has another huge challenge ahead in the Champions League final itself.
He must find a way of negating the German team's home advantage in the Allianz Arena on May 19 and he agrees that may make it harder than if Real had qualified instead.
“It's going to be as difficult, if not more difficult than against Real,” Di Matteo said.
“Once you qualify for a final, you're going to play against strong opposition and Bayern are a historical team with a big tradition in the European cups – and they're going to be playing in Munich as well, on their home ground.
“But at the end of the day, it's a one off game and I think we're going to go into the game with both teams having the same chances – whether it's going to be an advantage to them, I think we'll only know after the game.”
The Italian has re-iterated his disappointment that strict Uefa rules will keep out four of his players in the Munich final – John Terry, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles - and three of the host team's squad.
“It's a shame that these players from both teams are going to miss the final,” he said. “I think everybody involved with football would have liked to see both teams having all their players available for this game.
“I do feel disappointed for these players who are going to miss the game. They might have to have a look at the law and the rules maybe for the future.”