Champions League football fever is taking over as the first all-English final on Wednesday evening draws tantalisingly near. With Manchester United and Chelsea players due to arrive in Moscow later this evening, Sir Bobby Charlton has given an extensive interview to Laureus TV.
The Bobby Charlton interview is being videocast on the Laureus TV website. “There will be goals,” he says of Wednesday’s final. “Each side has a healthy respect for each other and will know that if they make a mistake or have a lapse of concentration that it will disastrous. Both teams will be going for it. It should be sensational.”
The former Manchester United and England star talked at length on his team’s chances and on the slightly more unhappy element: namely that the match occurs on the 50th anniversary of the Munch Air Disaster.
“There is a bit of emotion for Manchester United actually being in the Champions League final on the 50th anniversary when these players died going into Europe,” Sir Bobby says about the Munich air crash which he survived, but which killed eight of his Manchester United team mates. “It was those players pioneering the actual competition that got things going.”
The Champions League final will be played in Moscow on Wednesday evening and more than 40,000 English fans are expected to travel to watch the match. Manchester United won the Champions League in 1968 in Munich shortly before the air crash, but Chelsea have never participated in a Champions League final before.
Only Spain and Italy have had more Champions League success than England, but this is almost entirely due to the efforts of Liverpool FC, who have competed in seven finals and won five.
To view the Sir Bobby Charlton interview, go to the Laureus TV website at www.laureus.com