Stamford Bridge, London – Bayern Munich rolled into town looking to exact some revenge on the team that wrestled the 2012 Champions League from them in their backyard. They didn’t have a great start to their domestic campaign but seem to have recovered from that slump and may yet win the Bundesliga again.
Their Champions League campaign though as been very impressive having swept all before them coming into this match. Chelsea are also not having a great campaign domestically but few would have expect much from the London club this season and they had to labor to make it to this round of 16.
Bayern Munich like everyone would have expected, controlled much of the game with the revitalized Thomas Muller coming the closest to scoring in the 34th minute but saw his header canon off Caballero’s crossbar as the German Champions pressed high time and again.
Chelsea had their moments mostly on the counter as Mason Mount and Ross Barkley fed off Olivier Giroud but it was Marcos Alonso who forced a save out of Manuel Neuer.
The away side did make all that possession count as they took the lead five minutes after the break with a lovely one-two from Gnabry and Lewandowski and the former Arsenal man was on hand to fire home. The pair were at it again three minutes later with the exact replica of the first goal as the Polish forward sent a pass through to Gnabry who tucked it into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.
By this time Bayern were utterly dominating the game with Chelsea looking way out of their dept so Lampard made two changes with Tammy Abraham and Willian replacing Giroud and Barkley respectively and it looked to have given the home side some impetus as they created several chances but failed to capitalize.
Bayern Munich got their third goal with a counter attack that completely exposed Chelsea’s defensive frailties as the impressive Alphonso Davis slipped every huddle and layed a beautiful pass for an unmarked Lewandowski to slot home.
Marcos Alonso did get a questionable red card after VAR had adjudged the Spaniard to have deliberately and violently felled Lewandowski just outside Chelsea’s box.
This was a completely dominant performance by the Germans and Chelsea had no answer to their sleek football and it also didn’t help that there was a huge gulf in quality between these two. Frank Lampard may be ahead of the curve given the lack of expectations this season but if Chelsea are to return to the top echelons of European football, the club needs to start planing proactively.
You’d imagine Chelsea’s chances of turning this around in Munich are probably nonexistent but this is the Champions League and anything is possible.