Bayern Munich v Chelsea – Champions League closing sixteen, 2nd leg …

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43 min Emerson is booked for hoofing Goretzka.

40 min Perisic beats James with a stepover and slams a low cross to the near post, where Muller gets in front of Christensen but can’t control the ball or steer it behind his standing leg towards goal. He was trying one or the other.

About Bayern
Bavaria (; German and Bavarian: Bayern [ˈbaɪɐn]), officially the Free State of Bavaria (German and Bavarian: Freistaat Bayern [ˈfʁaɪʃtaːt ˈbaɪɐn]), is a landlocked state of Germany, occupying its southeastern corner. With an area of 70,550.19 square kilometres (27,239.58 sq mi) Bavaria is the largest German state by land area comprising roughly a fifth of the total land area of Germany. With 13 million inhabitants, it is Germany’s second-most-populous state after North Rhine-Westphalia. Bavaria’s main cities are Munich (its capital and largest city and also the third largest city in Germany), Nuremberg, and Augsburg.
The history of Bavaria includes its earliest settlement by Iron Age Celtic tribes, followed by the conquests of the Roman Empire in the 1st century BC, when the territory was incorporated into the provinces of Raetia and Noricum. It became a stem duchy in the 6th century AD following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. It was later incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire, became an independent kingdom, joined the Prussian-led German Empire in 1871 while retaining its title of kingdom, and finally became a state of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1949.Bavaria has a unique culture, largely because of the state’s large Catholic plurality and conservative traditions. Bavarians have traditionally been proud of their culture, which includes a language, cuisine, architecture, festivals such as Oktoberfest and elements of Alpine symbolism. The state also has the second largest economy among the German states by GDP figures, giving it a status as a rather wealthy German region.Modern Bavaria also includes parts of the historical regions of Franconia and Swabia.

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Champions League last 16, second leg …

About Munich
Munich ( MEW-nik; German: München [ˈmʏnçn̩] (listen); Bavarian: Minga [ˈmɪŋ(ː)ɐ]) is the capital and most populous city of Bavaria, the second most populous German state. With a population of around 1.5 million, it is the third-largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and thus the largest which does not constitute its own state, as well as the 11th-largest city in the European Union. The city’s metropolitan region is home to 6 million people.Straddling the banks of the River Isar (a tributary of the Danube) north of the Bavarian Alps, it is the seat of the Bavarian administrative region of Upper Bavaria, while being the most densely populated municipality in Germany (4,500 people per km²). Munich is the second-largest city in the Bavarian dialect area, after the Austrian capital of Vienna.
The city was first mentioned in 1158. Catholic Munich strongly resisted the Reformation and was a political point of divergence during the resulting Thirty Years’ War, but remained physically untouched despite an occupation by the Protestant Swedes. Once Bavaria was established as a sovereign kingdom in 1806, Munich became a major European centre of arts, architecture, culture and science. In 1918, during the German Revolution, the ruling house of Wittelsbach, which had governed Bavaria since 1180, was forced to abdicate in Munich and a short-lived socialist republic was declared. In the 1920s, Munich became home to several political factions, among them the NSDAP. After the Nazis’ rise to power, Munich was declared their “Capital of the Movement”. The city was heavily bombed during World War II, but restored most of its traditional cityscape. After the end of postwar American occupation in 1949, there was a great increase in population and economic power during the years of Wirtschaftswunder, or “economic miracle”. The city hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics and was one of the host cities of the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
Today, Munich is a global centre of art, science, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business, and tourism and enjoys a very high standard and quality of living, reaching first in Germany and third worldwide according to the 2018 Mercer survey, and being rated the world’s most liveable city by the Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2018. According to the Globalization and World Rankings Research Institute, Munich is considered an alpha-world city, as of 2015. It is one of the most prosperous and fastest growing cities in Germany.
Munich’s economy is based on high tech, automobiles, the service sector and creative industries, as well as IT, biotechnology, engineering and electronics among many others. The city houses many multinational companies, such as BMW, Siemens, MAN, Linde, Allianz and MunichRE. It is also home to two research universities, a multitude of scientific institutions, and world class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum. Munich’s numerous architectural and cultural attractions, sports events, exhibitions and its annual Oktoberfest attract considerable tourism. The city is home to more than 530,000 people of foreign background, making up 37.7% of its population.

39 min Bayern are so good: their aggression, their movement, their one-touch passing, their everything.

37 min Here’s Adesegun Agbebiyi on the subject of Frank Lampard’s school report.

Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Champions League last 16, second leg …

“Not sure James has done anything worthy of note in this Chelsea team other than the lucky goal against Ajax. He is not solid and pretty error prone. Not sure about Mount either. He just doesn’t boss games enough and his finishing is terrible. He would be half decent if he scored even 10% more of his chances. Mount reminds me of Lingard and there is every chance he goes off the boil like him.

“Should your short list not include Tammy Abraham – he’s the team’s highest goalscorer and most likely to succeed in the long run in my opinion. B is a bit harsh… I think his man management could use some work. B+ from me.”

36 min Bayern’s route to glory is:

  • Quarter-final: Barcelona or Napoli
  • Semi-final: Manchester City or Lyon
  • Final: PSG, Atalanta, Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig.

It’s not easy, but there’s nothing for them to worry about, especially with Liverpool out of the competition. Bayern v Man City would be an immense semi-final; on recent evidence I’d fancy Bayern.

34 min We’ve just seen a replay of Hudson-Odoi’s disallowed goal. Abraham was slightly offside in the build up.

31 min A superb move from Bayern ends with the stretching Gnabry belting a volley across the face of goal from a tight angle. I think/assume he was going for goal, but it was a difficult chance as he was at full stretch.

NO GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Chelsea

VAR has seen an offside somewhere, so Hudson-Odoi’s goal has been disallowed. I bet VAR is good at parties.

That was a lovely goal from Hudson-Odoi. He received a short pass from Abraham, 25 yards from goal to the left of centre. His fast feet took him away from Thiago, and then he coaxed a beautiful curling shot into the far corner from 22 yards.

GOAL! Bayern 2-1 Chelsea (Hudson-Odoi 28)

Callum Hudson-Odoi bites the hand that wanted to feed him!

27 min “Oh well,” says Mary Waltz, “at least Chelsea ended all doubt early and I can switch over to Barca with no guilt.”

26 min Emerson almost gets one back for Chelsea. He charged purposefully past three players before hitting a shot from 18 yards that was pushed behind for a corner by Neuer. It was a comfortable enough save.

James took a throw-in to Kovacic, who dawdled and was shoved off the ball by Muller. The ball ran to Lewandowski and suddenly Bayern had four on two. Lewandowski considered the two off-the-ball runs to his left, decided not to use them and instead angled a sliderule pass to the unmarked Perisic on the other side of the area. He watched the ball onto his right foot and guided it past Cabaellro at the near post.

GOAL! Bayern 2-0 Chelsea (agg: 5-0; Perisic 24)

Ivan Perisic scores an offensively easy goal to make it 5-0 on aggregate.

Ivan Perisic guides in Bayern Munich’s second. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

23 min It’s all Bayern. Every time Chelsea get the ball they are swamped by red shirts.

20 min “All eyes on Bayern and their match fitness after finishing their season a while ago,” says Ruth Purdue. “Could be the difference.”

Yes, I did wonder about that, but the intensity of their play in the first 20 minutes has pretty eye-catching. Their freshness suggests the month-long break might have been an advantage.

18 min Gnabry’s inswinging cross from the right beats everyone and almost drifts into the net at the far post.

17 min Goretzka’s acrobatic long-range volley goes over the bar. This could get really ugly for Chelsea. It’s not particularly pretty at the moment, tbf.

15 min “Interesting VAR situation with the penalty,” says John Barrow. “If Caballero hadn’t taken Lewandowski down, it probably wouldn’t have been a penalty – or a goal. The offside call would have stood and play resumed with a free kick. It’s one of the interesting issues with VAR: if you score a goal there are endless replays to see if there was an offside in the build-up. However, if an offside is called during an attack, there is no VAR check.”

With the caveat that I haven’t a clue about the laws of football any more, I’m not sure that’s quite right. Wouldn’t the assistant only have put the flag up when the attack stopped, i.e. after Lewandowski put the ball in the net? You see that quite a lot these days, players putting the ball in the net just to be sure, even if they were flagged offside four days earlier.

14 min Davies storms down the left and angles a crisp pass into Muller, on the edge of the D. He takes the ball in his stride and spanks a rising drive just over the bar. He was shoved by Kante in the act of shooting, which put him off balance.

13 min This has been a blistering start from Bayern. At this precise moment – 20:13 BST on 8 August 2020 – they are the best team in Europe.

11 min Gnabry’s long-range shot kicks up a little awkwardly at Caballero, who holds on safely.

11 min “Mea culpa, Rob – you did say interesting, not surprising,” says Neal Butler. “You’re not the only one whose cognitive function has pencils stuck up its nose and underpants on its head. I have to say, I do like the look of that Chelsea midfield. Kovacic has been a minor revelation this year – under Sarri, he looked very poor, IMHO.”

Yes he’s been terrific, probably their best player this season. If Kante can stay for next season it would make an enormous difference to this team.

GOAL! Bayern Munich 1-0 Chelsea (agg: 4-0; Lewandowski 10 pen)

Robert Lewandowski scores his 52nd goal of the season! Caballero went the right way, to his left, but the penalty was right in the corner. Brilliant finish.

Robert Lewandowski slots in the penalty. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Gnabry slipped a lovely pass through to Lewandowski, who got to the ball a split-second before Caballero and was taken out. Replays showed the left-back Emerson was playing him onside.

Robert Lewandowski goes down after a challenge by Willy Caballero. Photograph: A Hassenstein/Getty Images/FC Bayern

PENALTY GIVEN! And Caballero is booked.

7 min Lewandowski is taken down by Caballero, and the referee is about to give a penalty when he realises the flag has gone up for offside. This may be overturned by VAR.

5 min Bayern look pretty sharp, certainly for a team who haven’t played for a month. The mighty left-back Alphonso Davies curls an excellent ball from the left that flashes across the face of goal.

2 min “Not sure that Hudson-Odoi being on the team-sheet is that big a surprise – with Pedro, Willian, and Pulisic all out, they don’t really have anyone else to put on the wing,” says Neal Butler. “Abraham starting is a little surprising, given Giroud’s recent form, but not Hudson-Odoi.”

I thought I said ‘interesting’ rather than ‘surprising’, but my cognitive function isn’t what it wibble.

1 min Peep peep! Chelsea, in blue, kick off from left to right. Bayern are in red. As per Peter Oh’s email during the City game last night, this match is a mobile provider-off: T-Mobile versus Three. Hang on, Chelsea are sponsored by Three.

The players observe a minute’s silence before the match. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The players line up for the familiar Champions League anthem. No handshakes tonight.

“Evening Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “We may as well talk about Pirlo because this game already has a fork stuck in it. Its an interesting appointment given Pochettino’s availability and Pep only having a year left on his deal. Can’t see them bombing Pirlo out after a year unless he completely screws it up.”

I suppose there is a reasonable precedent for a superpower giving a legendary regista his first big managerial job, but it’s such a big risk. I’d love to know what he did during his seven days in charge of the under-23s to gain such a quick promotion.

The most interesting bit of team news is the inclusion of Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have drifted to the margins. Hudson-Odoi has had a seriously frustrating season, though he’s still only 19 so he’s not ready to join the list of football’s lost boys just yet.

Interesting… very interesting

A reminder of the first leg of this tie, which took place in more innocent times.

Bayern (yes, yes, or Chelsea) will play Barcelona or Napoli in the quarter-final on Friday. Our Baz is covering the second leg at the Camp Nou.

For Chelsea, this is the final game of a promising first season under Frank Lampard. They had a brilliant run to the FA Cup final, beating Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United, and qualified for the Champions League. Christian Pulisic was a revelation and Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are eye-catching signings.

But the plan to invest in young English players didn’t really pay off, with the exception of Mason Mount and to a lesser extent Reece James, and the defence needs a lot of work. I’d give Frank a B on his school report. I’m sure he could really give one.

Team news

Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller, Perisic; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odriozola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Hernandez, Tolisso, Tillman, Musiala, Arrey-Mbi.

Chelsea (4-3-3) Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Barkley, Kante, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Mount.
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Cumming, Rudiger, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori, Broja, Lawrence, Maatsen, Bate, Simeu.

Referee Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)

Premable

Hello. It’s Saturday night at the Allianz Arena, and Chelsea are in town. The last time that happened was on 19 May 2012, the greatest night in Chelsea’s history. Eight years later they need the greatest comeback in anyone’s history. Let’s be clear: while there have been bigger comebacks in European football, there is no precedent for a team of Bayern’s ability and experience blowing a 3-0 lead from the away leg.

The closest is probably Barcelona’s hilarious collapse against Metz in 1984-85, but this Bayern team are on a different level. Chelsea have two chances of making the quarter-finals, and slim is self-isolating.

The last match Bayern played was the German cup final on 4 July, so this is a warm-up for their quarter-final against Barcelona or Napoli on Friday. They were playing a different sport when they won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in February, and their form under Hansi Flick has been astonishing.

Bayern have won 25 of their last 26 games in all competitions, the only blemish a 0-0 draw at home to Leipzig. If Chelsea get through tonight, nothing will ever make sense again.

Kick off 8pm.

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