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Abramovich has burned his way through seven managers in nine years, his impatience for success costing him tens of millions of dollars. Di Matteo only ended up in charge because Abramovich ditched the last manger, Andre Villas-Boas, in March. And even now, having delivered European success, Di Matteo may still be looking for a new job next season.

So is Chelsea the luckiest team in football? There are those who will argue that it.

Lionel Messi fluffing a penalty, as he did in the semifinal, doesn’t happen every day. A banner hung by Chelsea fans in the Allianz Arena _ “Who Do You Think You Are Kidding?” _ on Saturday night seemed to nicely encapsulate the unlikely journey that Chelsea’s golden oldies made to get to Munich, recovering from a 3-1 first-leg defeat to down Napoli in the last 16 and beating Barcelona with 10 men after Terry’s red card for kneeing forward Alexis Sanchez in the back.

Barcelona, and now Bayern, failing to make their clear superiority count certainly felt like fortune favored Chelsea.

The statisticians would have been forgiven had they still been calculating the number of missed Bayern chances well into next week. Their figures _ Bayern had 35 attempts on goal; Chelsea just nine _ told the story of a lopsided game where one team attacked while the other defended.

Bayern’s confident fans flaunted huge banners emblazoned: “Unsere stadt, unser stadion, unser pokal” _ our city, our stadium, our cup _ before kickoff. The city was awash with red shirts and expectation.

Chelsea was the underdog, and played like it, too. Chelsea let the Germans come at them in waves, waiting for opportunities to counterattack. Jose Mourinho left Chelsea long ago, for Italy and now Real Madrid, but his tactics are alive and well in west London.

To be fair, Di Matteo had few alternatives. Suspensions had robbed him of Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires, the Brazilian whose speed and inventiveness was sorely missed.

Bayern seemed less affected by the loss of its three suspended players, David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo.

That Di Matteo was forced to field Ryan Bertrand, a 22-year-old neophyte in the Champions League, to help Ashley Cole defend against Robben’s runs, showed just how much Chelsea’s cupboard was bare.

So if the showcase of European club football wasn’t the spectacle it could have been then the organizers, UEFA, are partly to blame. Keeping six players out of one of the biggest matches in their career because they picked up yellow cards earlier in the tournament was ultimately self-defeating.

The victory may well have been the last big European hurrah for the nucleus of the team upon which Chelsea built a remarkable decade of success, with three Premier League crowns, four FA Cups and now the Champions League in the Abramovich era.

At 34, Drogba’s 75th Champions League appearance may have been his last in Chelsea blue.

Fernando Torres, 28, is in theory there to step into the vacuum that will be left by the Ivory Coast international who has scored 157 goals since he joined Chelsea in 2004 _ few of them more important than his equalizer in the 88th minute that took the final into extra time.

But all that is in the future.

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