Guy Noves - who guided Toulouse to glory in all three of the previous all-French Heineken Cup finals - believes the fourth strictly French affair between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Toulon at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on 18 May is too close to call.
Noves, the most successful coach in the history of European club rugby's elite tournament and at the helm for each and every one of the club's 131 tournament contests, has steered the club to a record four triumphs out of their six final appearances.
Clermont and Toulon are both in the prestigious final for the first time - Clermont after beating Munster and Toulon accounting for Saracens in the semi-finals.
"I think it is 50-50," Noves told Midi-Olympique. "A few weeks ago I would have said Clermont for sure, but now I'd say it is 50-50 because Toulon showed some real determination, power and consistency.
"Both teams have excellent players. Clermont with (Napolioni) Nalaga, (Sitiveni) Sivivatu and (Wesley) Fofana have players who can produce a moment of magic. Toulon are less spectacular, but (Jonny) Wilkinson is very important for them and there are other players such as (Matt) Giteau who can take control of a match."
Toulouse failed to progress beyond the Heineken Cup Pool rounds and were then immediately knocked-out of the Amlin Challenge Cup by Perpignan. Even so he feels no rancour towards two sides with two of the biggest budgets in France.
"Neither team is there by chance, they deserve their place in the final," Noves said. "They are two teams who are close to their peak. They are two ambitious teams and are set-up to be successful in Europe and they are reaping the fruits of their labours."
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