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Each week on languagecaster’s podcast we feature a main report and on this week’s show we take a look at Bayern Munich and Inter’s chances in the CL – three football fans also give us their views. You can listen to the report by clicking above and can read the transcript below. Explanations of vocabulary in bold appears at the foot of the post.
So, the grand finale to the European football season sees Serie A’s Inter taking on the Bundesliga’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in the Bernabeu in Madrid – and like last year when Barcelona beat Manchester United , it is a battle between Champions as both teams have wrapped up their domestic titles. What makes this clash more interesting is the fact that both teams are chasing trebles – the domestic title, the most prestigious national cup trophy and to be crowned European Champions. there is also the added spice of the opposing managers: on the one side, Van Gaal, ex-coach of Barcelona, and on the other, Mourinho, Van Gaal’s interpreter at Barcelona – teacher vs pupil.
But let’s take a look at how the two teams got to the finals.
Goals: Bayern scored 21 and conceded 13 to Inter’s 15 scored and 9 let in.
Shots: Bayern averaged 6.5 shots on target a match compared to Inter’s 5.
Possession: Again Bayern come out on top here with an average of 34 minutes of possession to Inter’s 27.
Fouls: This is one part of the game where Inter come out on top – they averaged 15 fouls a game to Bayern’s 13.
Opposition: Looking at the teams they two faced on their way to the final you have to say Inter faced some tougher matches – they beat Chelsea, CSKA Moscow and many people’s ‘Best Team in the World’, Barcelona, in the knockout stages. This compares to Bayern who needed a bit of luck to get past Fiorentina and Manchester United, before beating Lyon.
All in all, it looks too close to call, making this a great game for the neutral. Let’s here what three neautral fans think.
wrap up: complete, bring to a close, finish
clash: big game, battle
added spice (extra spice): an extra dimension, something that makes an argument or confrontation more interesting
concede: allow, admit (in football, to allow a goal)
come out on top: win, be victorious
too close to call: to difficult to predict, impossible to decide on a winner