Champions League final

Marin makes Chelsea prediction

May 18, 2012
By ESPN staff

Marko Marin has backed his new side Chelsea to beat Bayern Munich in Saturday's Champions League final.

Marko Marin
GettyImagesMarin managed 25 assists in 87 Bundesliga appearances for Werder

• Neuer cautious but confident

Marin, 23, is to join Chelsea from Werder Bremen this summer and will be a keen observer when the Blues meet Bayern at the Allianz Arena this weekend.

The winger feels Chelsea's "better players'' will expose Bayern's defence after he watched Borussia Dortmund thrash the Bavarians 5-2 in last week's DFB-Pokal final.

Asked if their defence was weak, he told BBC Sport: "Yes. I watched the German Cup final. They made big errors. Chelsea have better players and will do well if they play offensively.

"I think (Chelsea) will win at the weekend. Bayern did a very good job against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, but they did not do well in the Cup final."

But Marin was also wary of the attacking threat of Bayern. "I think the strongest Bayern player is Franck Ribery because of his dribbling and because he's a goal threat,'' he said.

"There's also Mario Gomez. He's scored a lot of goals in the Champions League and is a constant danger. If Chelsea can stop them then they will do well.''

Marin admitted he had not expected Chelsea to finish as low as sixth in the Premier League, which has left them needing to win against Bayern to qualify for next season's Champions League.

"This club has to play in the Champions League,'' he said. "Everybody is a bit surprised as to why they didn't play as well as they can. Towards the end of the campaign, they were better and reaching the Champions League final was a very good thing.''