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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 06:24 GMT 07:24 UK
The price of success
By Mandeep Sanghera

Porto coach Jose Mourinho
FC Porto v Monaco
Date: Wednesday, 26 May
Kick-off: 1945 BST
Venue: Arena Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen
Commentary on BBC Five Live and updates on this website
Porto and Monaco enter the biggest match in their respective histories knowing the European Cup final is likely to double as a farewell party.

Once the final whistle has blown, Europe's more illustrious superpowers will be ready to pounce to lure the two clubs' best players.

And not only are both teams likely to be broken up but the men who created and built them are also set to seek richer pastures.

Porto boss Jose Mourinho is a Chelsea target while Juventus have been linked with Monaco manager Didier Deschamps.

The prospective losses will add a tinge of sadness to the supporters of both clubs but it is a drawback of being a small fish in a big pond.

Any hopes either outfit had of building on this season's success are likely to be stifled.

The glamour and glitz of the English, Italian, Spanish and German leagues will, understandably, be hard to resist for most of the two sets of players and coaches and money, of course, also talks.

Bayern is certainly a top European team and if they are interested then so am I
Porto midfielder Deco

Michael Ballack and Ze Roberto left for Bayern Munich after being part of the Bayer Leverkusen team which lost to Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final.

And players leaving less renowned clubs for more famed arenas after a successful European Cup campaign is nothing new.

Robert Prosinecki won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 before departing for Real Madrid.

And Marcel Desailly did not wait long after Marseille, who were stripped of the title, beat AC Milan in 1993 before leaving for the Italian outfit.

Edgar Davids also went to AC Milan after Ajax lost on penalties to Juventus in 1996 while Kanu left for Inter Milan.

From the current Porto camp, midfield playmaker Deco is set to lead the exodus with Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira and Benni McCarthy rumoured to follow.

Didier Deschamps

On the Monaco side, Fernando Morientes is on loan from Real Madrid and has almost completed a deal to join an English club.

Dado Prso has already completed a deal to join Rangers while Jerome Rothen and Ludo Guily could also be moving on.

But, although there is plenty of speculation concerning the players, it is nowhere near that surrounding the two managers.

For the moment, each manager has maintained a dignified silence over any possible destination as they focus on guiding their sides to Champions League glory.

Mourinho, however, seems the more likely to move on as he may believe there is not much more he can achieve at Porto.

This season's exploits have come on the back of securing a treble during the previous campaign when Porto won the Portuguese League and Cup and beat Celtic to claim the Uefa Cup.

Porto again won their domestic league this time around but lost the Cup to Benfica.

Deschamps was a player in the Marseille team which reached the 1993 European Cup final and stayed for a season before leaving for Juventus.

There is more uncertainty over what he will choose to do if the Old Lady, who have parted company with Marcello Lippi, comes calling again.

And, while the final is set to make intriguing viewing, the aftermath is likely to be just as compelling.

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