Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: Line-ups
Bayern On Cruise Control
Bayern produced a hugely impressive display at Stamford Bridge and all but got the job done inside 90 minutes thanks to Serge Gnabry’s brace and one from Robert Lewandowski.
Lampard’s FA Cup final misery was compounded by the loss of three players – Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro – to injuries that will rule each of them out of this game.
Being paired with Bayern in the first knockout round brought back good memories for Chelsea fans when the draw was made way back in December, with this a repeat of the 2012 final which they won.
Bayern will no doubt have one eye on next week’s quarter-final with Barcelona or Napoli – that tie being locked at 1-1 at the midway stage – though Hansi Flick is expected to still field a strong side on Saturday. That is due to the Bavarians needing to build up their fitness, having not played competitively for more than a month.
On the basis of the first leg and their form since then, the German champions may just be favourites to go all the way in this year’s tournament to make it a famous treble.