In what looks like Jose Mourinho last game in charge of Inter Milan the Italian champions completed a unique treble, becoming the only Italian club to win the domestic league & cup double and the Champions league in the same season.
The final was more intriguing than exciting and was a complete contrast of styles as Bayern Munich tried to dominate the game, while Inter were happy to soak up the pressure and look to hit them on the break. Still especially in the first 15 minutes it looked like Bayern’s tactics could work as the played some nice expansive football and created a few half chances. They also looked to have an extra advantage when referee Howard Webb wrongly booked Chivu after a theatrical Robben dive meaning he had to tread carefully for the rest of the game. However on 34 minutes Inter struck with a well taken Milito goal. This forced Bayern to take even more chances going forward and in the 70th minute Milito struck again to all but kill off the game. This was a goal of real class and he made Mark van Buyten look flat footed as he went round him in the box to slam the ball home. Bayern continued to push forward but rarely looked like getting back into the game and despite having more possession, corners and shots at goal, only the most partisan of fans would have argued about the result.
In injury time Inter brought on Materazz meaning that the game finished with one Italian on the field for Inter who have dominated this year win a team largely composed of overseas players, A fact that probably doesn’t bode too well for Italy’s chances in the World Cup this year.