Yet, somehow, it works.
Chelsea perpetually seem on the brink of crisis, of losing a manager, of gaining the next one, arguing in training, arguing in finals sometimes. Yet out of chaos, comes order. This is their third major European trophy since 2012. In that time, 20 per cent of UEFA’s greatest prizes have gone back to Stamford Bridge.
This was an emphatic victory after a slow start, a vindication for coach Maurizio Sarri who now has a significant trophy on his c.v. as well as Champions League qualifications.
The London rivals have each played 14 matches in reaching the final of the competition where both have different motives to taste glory.
For the Gunners, the final offers them a final chance of reaching the Champions League after missing out on the top four. While the Blues will be hoping to end a mixed season under Maurizio Sarri on a high with silverware. Follow all the action from the 8pm BST Baku kick-off as it happens.