Chelsea aim to defy the odds in their Champions League Round of 16(Leg 1) tie against Bayern Munich by taking a strong early advantage before the trip to Germany. They failed horribly, falling to an embarrassing 0-3 loss at Stamford Bridge, which perhaps effectively puts this tie bed.
Bayern dominated the first-half with 68% possession and came closest to scoring with Thomas Muller’s header rattling the post. But their dominance paid off after the break as Serge Gnabry finished off a silky move to put the Bavarians 1-0 ahead in the 51st-minute.
The former Arsenal winger then scored his second 3 minutes later, slotting in an emphatic left-footed shot into the bottom corner to take a quick-fire two-goal lead! Things then went from bad to worse as Roberto Lewandowski got in the score-sheet in the 76th-minute with a tap-in after Alphonso Davies’ brilliant work setting things up.
With this thumping win, Bayern can now relax & just have fun when these two meet at the Allianz Arena for the second-leg. Chelsea, however, will have to put in a much better performance if they’re to even put up a respectable showing- let alone do the impossible of turning things around in their return to Munich.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Frank Lampard (4.0) –
Lampard plays the same XI which defeated Spurs at the weekend. That ended up being a mistake. Bayern realized their predictable patterns after the first-half and owned them in the second. Lampard can’t be blamed for being defensive, but he did nothing to spur his side to test Bayern’s backline or be sturdier as a unit. Even his substitutions couldn’t change anything. Taught a very harsh lesson under the lights today.
Willy Caballero (5.0) –
Willy must be at his best today to keep our a flurry of attacks. Makes a comfortable save in the 2nd-minute to deny Muller. Stands tall to deny Lewandowski in the 15th. Again reacts quickly to deny him in the 27th. But he couldn’t do anything about the second-half onslaught. Could’ve maybe saved the second but did stop things from getting ugly.
Reece James (3.5) –
The youngster looked pumped for the challenge. Whipped in a thunderous cross in the 19th. Looks a bit overwhelmed by the pressure coming through his side. Just can’t seem to keep a track of Gnabry and nowhere near him for his goals. Couldn’t do anything to stop Bayern’s flow & crumbled under pressure. Ineffective going forward as well. Ended up being schooled by fellow teenage-sensation Davies.
Cesar Azpilicueta (4.0) –
Azpi must marshall a strict defensive line to frustrate Bayern. Aiding James confidently in dealing with Bayern’s threat through the right-side in the first-half. Slipped at the worst possible moment allowing Gnabry to score his goal. Then sloppily lost out a header at the half-way which led to the second. Did nothing good to his side’s confidence with those poor errors.
Andreas Christensen (4.5) –
Christensen’s cutting an agile figure in order to deal with Lewandowski’s threat initially. He’s covered for out-of-position team-mates well, ushering to clear out danger. His moving out-of-position didn’t help for the goals and he was lucky not to concede a penalty after a blatant hand-ball after the hour-mark.
Ended up making an inevitable mistake when his unecessary dive to stop Alphonso Davies made it easier for him to layoff Lewandowski’s goal. His inexperience was telling today.
Antonio Rudiger (4.5) –
Rudiger’s sloppy movement is causing troubles on occasions but he’s been hard-hitting with the clearances and aerial strength. Played Lewandowski onside allowing him to assist the opener. Too slow reacting to the second, allowing Lewandowski to find Gnabry too easily.
Being among the senior-more defenders, Rudiger should’ve reacted better to the goals. Caught out of position or slacking off on too many occasions.
Marcos Alonso (4.0) –
The heroics against Spurs earned Alonso a starting spot. Burst through on goal in the 43rd-minute before cheekily tricking a defender & taking a shot which was blocked off. Dealt with Coman’s threat pretty well but frustration triggered him to unnecessarily lash out on Lewandowski in the 83rd, getting sent off in the process.
Jorginho (5.0) –
Jorginho looks proactive in thwarting Bayern’s supply line through midfield. Sniffing out their moves and smartly thwarting their plans with timely clearances. Picked up a foolish booking for arguing too much with the referee which means he misses the next leg! To make things worse, Bayern scored immediately after that. Soured down as things turned for the worse.
Mateo Kovacic (4.5) –
Not seeing enough of the ball to work his magic, but his forward-passes have caught Bayern off-guard at times. Played a clever pass for Alonso’s chance. But his defensive contribution was underwhelming as he keeps being outmuscled or outwitted. Couldn’t usher any influence in midfield.
Ross Barkley (4.5) –
Barkley’s opportunity to prove his ability on the biggest stage. Trying to be Chelsea’s playmaking key, playing in an inviting pass into promising space in the 24th but saw it wasted. Apart from that, he couldn’t really churn out anything special & was almost invisible over large periods. Couldn’t justify the selection.
Mason Mount (6.0) –
The fiery Mount looks hungry to make an impact today, fizzing forward in the final third. Moved into a promising area in the 34th but nobody could tap in his whipped pass that brazed wide. Instinctively won possession to go through on goal in the 69th, but his wild attempt blasted over. Wiggled into the penalty box in the 88th, but his attempt was weak again.
To his credit, Mount worked the hardest & looked hungriest to score today. But his indecisiveness cost him today.
Olivier Giroud (5.0) –
Giroud starts over Abraham again! Tipped a weak header straight at Neuer at the 19th, Using his physicality to heckle Bayern’s defenders pretty well. But just not hungry enough to make the impact he was expected to.
Tammy Abraham (4.5) –
Lacked what Lewandowski possessed as he just couldn’t pounce on a few stellar passes whipped in to hand him goals on the plate. Wasted another promising opportunity with his indecisiveness in the 81st. Couldn’t prove himself an upgrade over Giroud after replacing him,
Willian (5.5) –
Brought more life through to Chelsea’s wings. Played a delightful cross in the 74th but nobody could capitalize on it. Blazed past their defenders on occasions but couldn’t impact anything.
Pedro Rodriguez (N/R) –
Put in a threatening pass into the box in the 79th but nobody got at the end of it. Worked hard defensively to stop Bayern from making things worse.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Mount looked like the only Chelsea player intent on getting a positive result today. But yeah today’s MOTM has to be Lewandowski for tearing Chelsea apart in the second with a goal+two assists.