In what will most likely be Chelsea’s final game of the season, the Blues will travel to Germany for the away fixture against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Most people, pundits and fans alike, have already decided that Bayern will move on to the next round as Chelsea have a 3-0 deficit to overcome. With the likes of Pulisic, Pedro, and Azpilicueta injured (and many others in doubt), the chances to qualify for the next round are slim. Nonetheless, the fans still want to see a strong performance from the team. Let’s take a look at the ins and outs of the upcoming game on Saturday.
As mentioned prior, Chelsea have crucial players out of commission for what could have been one of the biggest games of the season. Without them, we stand little chance in getting a comeback unless a miracle occurs. When choosing the starting eleven for the game, Lampard will either try to continue the 343 formation with a few changes, or he will bring in Kante to play DM in a 433. Subjectively, a 433 will be better in this game as Alonso (our best LWB) and Jorginho (best played in a pivot) are suspended for the game. In the first leg, we played a 343 and suffered the consequences. A 433 system, similar to the one we played against City, will be our best choice in getting a decent result. If this system is used, attacking 8’s will most likely be utilized with Kante to protect the CBs.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich will most likely play a formation similar to the one they used against us at the Bridge. A 4231 will cause a lot of trouble on the counter, and Lewandowski+Gnabry will try their best to shred our defense like before. At the back, Zouma and Christensen are probably our best options as Rudiger has been poor as of late. When it comes to fullbacks, however, the choices are limited. RJ and Emerson are almost guaranteed to start the game as everyone else is simply not fit or suspended. Dealing with the pace of Gnabry will be hard for Emerson, but if he has a good game, he might have a better chance of retaining his position at Chelsea.
As for the goalkeepers on both sides, Neuer will most likely start for Bayern as he’s been solid the whole season. For the blues, the starting goalkeeper will be a coin toss. Caballero has been just alright the last few games, whereas Kepa will be suspect as always. The defense will have a big job to do as both our keepers aren’t capable of saving us time and time again. If Kepa does not start this game, it will add to the probability of his departure this summer.
With little chance of a comeback, Lampard will likely use this game as a final inspection of the players who are on the verge of being sold. With new signings coming in, many players will unfortunately be leaving. Pedro has already signed a deal with Roma and will go to Italy very soon, meanwhile Willian looks to be leaving after refusing a two-year deal offered by the club. There have been links with Arsenal being thrown here and there, but when they have already made 55 staff members redundant, signing Willian with his wages won’t be a good look for them.
In conclusion, Chelsea require a miracle to make a comeback against the German giants. It is highly unlikely that we will pull through, but it will be an entertaining fixture for sure. With numerous players being linked with moves out of the club, this game will be a final farewell for a lot of players.
Can we pull off another miracle in Munich? Are we all just dreamers? Let us know in the comments below!