Cech in confident mood
Petr Cech has insisted that Chelsea are better prepared for a Champions League final tilt than they were in 2008.
The Blues of course fell at the final hurdle in Moscow four years ago, losing to Manchester United in heart-breaking fashion on penalties.
Punters looking to use their free bet may well have been surprised that they have reached their second final this year, particularly after a 3-1 defeat at Napoli in the earlier knockout stages as well as going 2-0 down with 10 men to Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the semi-final second leg.
However, Roberto di Matteo's men secured their first trophy of the season with a 2-1 success over Liverpool in Saturday's FA Cup final, and Cech believes that has set them up nicely for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich on May 19.
"When you win a cup and you go to the Champions League final, it gives you a lot of confidence and the mood is obviously different when you win a cup than when you lose a cup," Cech said.
"We have two weeks to prepare and we have another opportunity to have this same feeling again.
"We can concentrate on that full of confidence - it would have been completely different if we'd lost, but we didn't."
Before that showpiece finale, Chelsea may still harbour hopes of a top-four finish and travel to Liverpool on Tuesday ahead of the final game of the domestic campaign against Blackburn next Sunday at Stamford Bridge.