The day we have all been waiting for has finally arrived, Chelsea vs Bayern Munich in the round of 16 in the Champions League. These two sides meet after 8 years. Chelsea played Bayern Munich in the Champions League final back in 2012. We all know how that went, Chelsea were crowned European champions after winning the game on Penalties. Fast forward 8 years and this is a completely different Chelsea side. A young and hungry squad that are desperate for success. Frank Lampard stuck with the same line up that beat Tottenham on Saturday. Chelsea fans pulled out a banner before the start of the game about their Champions League triumph in 2012 and were hoping these young lads could do the same and give Chelsea fans another memorable night in the Champions League.
The first half kicked off and the atmosphere around the ground was buzzing. In the opening minutes of the game Chelsea were off the hook as Bayern almost took the lead. It gave a strong indication of how the game was going to pan out. Willy Caballero came to Chelsea’s rescue as he denied Lewandowski in the opening minutes of the game. Bayern started the game very well and Chelsea failed to cope with them. Chelsea had a half chance when Mason Mount fizzed an inviting ball into the six yard box but Giroud couldn’t capitalize. Marcos Alonso had the best chance of the game for Chelsea as his effort was easily denied by Neuer. It was end to end stuff as Muller had his header pinged off the post and Chelsea were fortunate not to concede. Rudiger was caught napping and Muller had a free header. The half time whistle blew and Chelsea were fortunate enough to go into the break without conceding a goal. Chelsea really have to dig deep in the second half in order to get anything out of the game.
The second half began and it was a poor start as Jorginho was booked for arguing with the referee. He would go on to miss the second leg in Munich. Things went from bad to worse as Bayern Munich finally managed to break the deadlock through Gnabry. Azpilicueta slipped and Lewandowski cut the ball back in and it was a simple tap in for the German. Three minutes later Gnabry managed to double the visitors lead after another bit of interchange with Lewandowski. Gnabry then raced into the area with his path unblocked, and calmly tucked away his chance. It was a huge mountain to climb for the blues. Chelsea started to come back into the game but it was Bayern who added another goal as Davies skipped through two challenges and managed to cut the ball to Lewandowski who scored and wrapped the tie in the first leg. Chelsea’s collapse In the second half became worse as Marcos Alonso was booked for elbowing Lewandowski in the face. The decision went to VAR and the Spaniard was sent off. A miserable night for Chelsea finally came to an end as the referee blew the full time whistle. Chelsea’s hope for proceeding to the quarter finals were truly done and dusted.
Reece James: 3
Mount : 4
Tammy Abraham: 4
Lampard: “That’s football at this level. The levels of Bayern Munich were fantastic. They are a really strong team and unless we were to get everything right and bang on, it was going to be a tough night potentially.”
“We didn’t get everything bang on. We weren’t confident on the ball. That was my biggest disappointment from start to finish.”
“Sometimes you have to be brutally honest about it and they outclassed us. It’s quite sobering. I’m disappointed we couldn’t have done better against them, but it’s a real reality check for everyone individually in the dressing room.”
What’s next for Chelsea ?
After suffering a 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich it was clear that there was a huge gulf in class. It was men against boys. To be brutally honest, the score line could have been worse. Willy Caballero kept the score line respectable. This result shows that there is a huge mountain that Chelsea have to climb in order to compete with Europe’s elite. Tonight, I was not bothered about the result, I wanted to see a performance from boys but they failed to turn up. They did not give 100 percent and that is simply not good enough. There was no heart, no desire and no passion from the boys. Kovacic was the only one who gave it his all. With that being said, Chelsea’s dream of progressing to the next round of the Champions League is all but over with a huge mountain to the climb in the second leg. Chelsea’s main priority should be finishing in the top 4 in order to secure Champions League football for next season and add quality players to the squad in order to compete with likes of Bayern. Chelsea have another tough fixture coming up against Bournemouth away from home on Saturday and let’s hope the blues can put this result behind them and focus on getting the three points against the cherries on Saturday.
UP THE CHELS!