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Chelsea face a daunting task as they resume their Champions League campaign with a last-16 second-leg tie against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena tonight.

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.

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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.

The Blues will attempt to overturn a huge 3-0 deficit in Germany after goals from Serge Gnabry (2) and Robert Lewandowski sealed a sobering pre-lockdown loss at Stamford Bridge back in March.

Frank Lampard’s chances of bouncing back from last weekend’s FA Cup Final defeat against the Bundesliga champions are made all the more difficult by a lengthy list of absentees.

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The warm-ups are underway at the Allianz Arena.

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It’s the first time in 13 years that Chelsea have started with five English players in a Champions League game.

Notably, all four of them – Abraham, Mount, James and Hudson-Odoi – are aged 22 or under.

Lampard has a talented squad on his hands for next season and it’s time for these English youngsters to prove they are worthy of a starting berth.

Inside the stadium, the Chelsea players have been getting a feel for the conditions.

It’s likely to be a very warm evening, with temperatures hovering around 27C at present in Munich. With the drinks break not integrated into the Champions League, it could be a tough night for the players out there.

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Just look at the Alllianz Arena sitting along the horizon as dusk falls in Munich.

A spectacular sight.

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An inevitable exit?

If Chelsea fans were feeling pessimistic ahead of tonight’s clash, they may not want to read these statistics we have dug out.

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The west London club’s last three Champions League campaigns have all ended in the round of 16 stage.  The Blues are also without a win in seven away matches in the Champions League knockout rounds (D4 L3) – losing their last two – since a 1-0 first-leg success at Benfica in the quarter-final of their victorious 2011/12 campaign.

Bayern became only the seventh team – and first from Germany – to win all six games in the group stage this season, including a 7-2 win at Tottenham in which Serge Gnabry scored four goals. 

They also have an astonishing record since Hansi Flick took charge, winning 18 games in a row since a goalless draw at RB Leipzig on February 9. In fact, they haven’t lost a game in any competition in 2020 – last tasting defeat in a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Frank Lampard has had not what many people would call an “ordinary” debut season in charge of Chelsea, guiding them to a top-four finish and an FA Cup final, while having to drop his first-choice goalkeeper and losing 12 league games.

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But it would undoubtedly be a feather in the cap if the 41-year-old could guide his young side to victory tonight, even if that means they don’t go through to the quarter-finals. 

Chelsea have already won in Amsterdam and Lille this season, while only a freak goal denied them victory in Valencia. Will they stun Bayern Munich by leaving Bavaria with a consolation victory too?


First-leg recap

Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich | 

February 25, 2020
(Gnabry 51′, 54′, Lewandowski 76′) 

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After a goalless first half at Stamford Bridge, Bayern’s Serge Gnabry struck twice in four minutes early in the second period, taking his career total to six Champions League goals – all scored in London this season.

Robert Lewandowski tapped in a third in the 76th minute to inflict Chelsea’s biggest home defeat in Uefa competition, with the Blues also losing Marcos Alonso to a late red card.

No surprises from Flick

Bayern Munich will no doubt have some rustiness to shake off after going five weeks without a competitive fixture but they have named a very strong line-up.

Hansi Flick’s side overcame Marseille 1-0 in a friendly in midweek, with Serge Gnabry on the scoresheet and after utilising Joshua Kimmich as a right-back, the versatile midfielder starts there tonight.

No surprises from the German coach in terms of his line-up, with Ivan Perisic coming in for the injured Kingsley Coman. 

Chelsea fans will note Philippe Coutinho’s presence on the bench, having at one point looked set to join the west London outfit. There’s also a spot for 17-year-old Jamal Musiala, a former Blues academy trainee.

Abraham, Christensen both start

Frank Lampard has handed top goalscorer Tammy Abraham a start ahead of Olivier Giroud for tonight’s second leg.

The 22-year-old has found the net 17 times this season and despite only scoring twice in his last 10 appearances, Abraham will handed a chance to impress at the Allianz Arena.

Antonio Rudiger drops to the bench to make way for Andreas Christensen, who makes his 100th Chelsea appearance.

With captain Cesar Azpilicueta injured and deputy Jorginho suspended, midfielder N’Golo Kante will wear the armband tonight.


Bayern Munich team news

Starting XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odrizola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Hernandez, Tolisso, Tillman, Musiala, Arrey-Mbi.


Chelsea team news

Starting XI: Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Barkley, Kovacic; Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

Subs: Kepa, Cumming, Rudiger, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori, Broja, Lawrence, Maatsen, Bate, Simeu.

Team news coming up!

The Allianz Arena holds special memories for Chelsea fans after their European triumph in Munich eight years ago.

But while the chips are stacked against them again tonight, there won’t be a contingent of Blues supporters to cheer them on tonight due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Still, it should be a cracker. We’ll have the confirmed lineups for you very shortly, so don’t go anywhere!

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How we expect Chelsea to line up

Predicted Chelsea XI (4-3-3): Caballero; James, Rudiger, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Barkley, Kovacic; Mount, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi.

Chelsea injury news and suspensions

Frank Lampard will be without five first-team members as his team look to pull off a historic comeback in Munich.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg in March, Chelsea will be missing in-form winger Christian Pulisic after he was sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the FA Cup Final.

Captain Cesar Azpilicueta also came off injured in that game and has not travelled as a result.

Pedro – who has almost certainly played his final game for the club – is ruled out with a shoulder injury, while Willian is poised to sign for Arsenal after playing his final game for the club.

Billy Gilmour and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are still out, while Jorginho and Marcos Alonso are both suspended after picking up yellow and red cards in the first leg respectively.

How Bayern could set up vs Chelsea

Predicted XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller, Perisic; Lewandowski.


Bayern Munich injury news and suspensions

Hansi Flick is able to pick from a near full squad, although the Bayern Munich coach will be without Kingsley Coman after picking up a muscle injury.

Niklas Süle, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in October, returned against Marseille as a substitute. But the German centre-back is not expected to be involved from the start as he continues his recovery.

Benjamin Pavard has been out since suffering a foot injury in training on July 26 and that means Joshua Kimmich is likely to fill in at right-back.

Kimmich, along with Thiago Alcantara, will miss the quarter-final (should they progress) through suspension if they pick up a booking tonight.

Lethal Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski can perhaps feel aggrieved that after a stunning group stage campaign, he may not get the chance to equal or emulate the Champions League record for goals in a season.

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As it stands, the Polish striker has found the net 11 times in just six UCL appearances. But with the quarter-final and semi-finals reduced from four games to two due to the one-legged ties in Lisbon, Lewandowski would only have, at the maximum, four more games to break Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 17 goals. 

No doubt, the 31-year-old would fancy his chances of doing so. Lewandowski has scored an incredible 52 goals in just 43 appearances for Bayern this season – including 34 in the Bundesliga. That includes a run of 11 goals in his last 10 games.

While he may not get a chance to beat the record, the lethal striker will certainly enjoy putting a few more past a leaky Chelsea backline tonight if given the chance.

Bayern wary of complacency


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Head coach Hansi Flick
“Chelsea have a very good squad with a lot of depth. I know the youth work in England and how they have been bringing out many good young players in recent years. They have a team where they can cover positions with young players. We are prepared for that.”

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer
“We cannot be too relaxed despite our advantage from the first leg. We had a short break. We know we have a good starting position but it is a restart for us. So we want to start with a good game. At home we want to win against Chelsea.”


Rudiger urges Blues to play with ‘pride’

Antonio Rudiger knows Bayern Munich better than most, having played for Stuttgart at the beginning of his career and playing alongside several of their players at international level for Germany.

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The 27-year-old wants the Blues to show some pride by putting in a good performance tonight and believes the pressure will be on the Bavarian giants after their first-leg victory.

“This is what we want to do. The way they beat us in the first game … we want to show pride. They have more to lose than us. That has to be to our advantage.

“They are a good team, we all know. It will be a difficult night but as I said before, we have to go out and prove it to ourselves and show some pride.”

Lampard: We still believe in historic turnaround

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes his players are capable of overturning their first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich.

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No team in the history of the Champions League has ever progressed when losing the first leg by three goals at home.

Lampard admits its a “huge task” to fight back after the 3-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge but has faith in his players to take the game to Bayern Munich.

“I believe we can,” he told reporters in his pre-match press conference. “We have to, the players have to.

“It’s a huge task. We have to understand the situation we’re in and it will be extremely tough. Games have turned to big degrees. We have to believe we have the opportunity to do something special. We’ve got to play with confidence.

“Can it free us up against a really good team? That’s what I expect to see from the team. We have to tackle this in the right way.”


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Date, time and venue

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea is scheduled for a 8pm BST kick-off on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

The match will be played behind closed doors at the Allianz Arena with no fans due to be present due to government guidelines regarding coronavirus.

How to watch

TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 1, with coverage starting from 7pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.

Team news

Chelsea XI: Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Kante, Barkley, Kovacic; Mount, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Kepa, Cumming, Rudiger, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori, Broja, Lawrence, Maatsen, Bate, Simeu

Bayern XI: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller, Perisic, Lewandowski

Subs: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odrizola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Hernandez, Tolisso, Tillman, Musiala, Arrey-Mbi

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Chelsea (6-1 on aggregate)

There have been many special Champions League nights in Chelsea’s history but this will surely be a bridge too far for Lampard’s squad.

Taking on arguably the favourites to win the competition is one thing. But to face a three-goal deficit without key men such as Pulisic and Azpilicueta, the task is made only more difficult.

Against a side that has consistently leaked goals all season, the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry will be licking their lips at the prospect of adding to their goal tallies. Comfortable home win.

Head to head history and results

Chelsea can take solace from their last meeting at the Allianz Arena, where the Blues famously won the Champions League in 2012 against the Bavarian giants on their own turf.

Bayern have the edge in the overall head-to-head, winning twice in the five meetings – including a 3-2 victory in the Champions League back in 2005 – although Chelsea progressed 6-5 on aggregate to reach the semi-finals.