LE SAUX: EXCITED AND NERVOUS

Chelsea legend and club ambassador Graeme Le Saux is on the official club trip to Munich, and is looking forward to an exciting encounter this evening.

The former left-back, who had two spells at Stamford Bridge and appeared more than 300 times in our colours had to cut short a charity bike ride from Greece to London to make the flight to Germany yesterday morning, but insists there is no better excuse than representing the Blues at the Champions League Final.

'It was an amazing experience, a massive challenge and something when I started I doubted whether I could cycle 3000km from Greece back to London,' he said. 'It was a real privilege to do it and I wanted to finish the last day but if I'm going to miss it for something it might as well be this!

'You daren't look beyond the next day because it seemed such an overwhelming challenge, but we did it and raised £46,000 which kept me going.'

This afternoon Le Saux will also be playing his part in the All-Star Legends game at the Munich Olympiapark, alongside former Blues Gianfranco Zola, Celestine Babayaro, Ruud Gullit and Didier Deschamps.

'To play in the game will be great, alongside some great players,' said the former England international. 'It's a reunion when you get together, people like Gianfranco Zola, Steve McManaman, I haven't seen Celestine Babayaro for years, I've played against Cafu before a couple of times, so there is a fantastic line-up too, and everybody retains this love for the sport.'

But what about the main event tonight?

'I don't know what to think,' he admitted. 'I am excited and nervous in equal measure and don't have any inkling or gut feeling how it will go. With Bayern Munich at home you think it could be an advantage but it comes with added pressure. Then you look at us with our suspensions and a few holes to plug, but Robbie has had a few weeks to prepare for it and as soon as they reached the Final he will have been thinking how to overcome the loss of the four players.

'The difficulty is with Bayern, they are very hard to break down with an excellent goalkeeper and a very disciplined back four, but they come with a lot of creativity too. Ribery and Robben can cause problems down both sides and I think Chelsea will have to work very hard defensively in wide areas, which doesn't necessarily come that naturally, so I wonder whether Robbie might play more of a 4-4-2 than a 4-3-3, allowing you to protect your full-backs a bit but also get behind them a little.'

Last time we won a European trophy, Le Saux missed out through injury. He spares a thought for the four absent through suspension tonight.

'It's a bizarre feeling for those missing out,' he said. 'I didn't play because of a calf injury, but had been trying to be fit and only knew three or so days beforehand. These guys knew they would miss it from the moment the game ended, so what I did was to try and enjoy the trip and being a part of something that had got the club into that position.

'We won in Sweden and it was fantastic, but missing out there is a huge part of you that feels a bit empty because you can't contribute or make a difference, so you are a little out of the circle. It will be hard for them, but they would rather be here going through this than not here at all, and I am sure the rest of the players will appreciate their being here and supporting them.'