Initial reactions and observations
- Alphonso Davies went off with an apparent injury late in the game. He was great, let’s hope he’s okay.
- Thiago Alcantara and Joshua Kimmich escape without yellows. They will be available to face Barcelona next week.
- Jerome Boateng might be injured. This game was costly for Bayern from a defensive perspective.
- Alvaro Odriozola got an assist? In my wildest dreams, I never would have imagined it.
- Robert Lewandowski mauled Chelsea. Two goals and two assists. Easy Ballon d’Or performance.
- Thomas Muller was not his usual involved self. He had a couple of good chances which he should have converted.
- Tolisso’s goal will give him plenty of confidence. Good for the guy after so many setbacks.
- Bayern were sloppy in defense, and the goal was conceded off an error by Manuel Neuer. Chelsea bypassed the press and caused the team plenty of problems. There’s a lot that Flick will need to work on before the team heads to Lisbon.
FT. Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea.
84’ — GOAL! Lewandowski scores with a powerful header off a good cross from Odriozola.
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Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: GOAL! Lewandowski makes it FOUR!
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.
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80’ — Javi comes in for Serge Gnabry
75’ — GOAL! Tolisso scores in with an acrobatic finish off a beautifully weighted cross from Robert Lewandowski.
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea: GOAL! Lewandowski makes it FOUR!
70’ — Subs! Tolisso and Odriozola come in for Thiago and Kimmich.
63’ — Philippe Coutinho and Niklas Sule come on for Perisic and Boateng.
60’ — Boa comes back on. Guess he’s okay.
59’ — Boateng limps off the pitch injured. It looks very bad.
46’ — And the second half is underway!
Half time observations:
- Bayern were dominant throughout. Chelsea were bossed on every aspect.
- Bayern’s attack looked great, and could’ve had more on the scoresheet had the chances been converted.
- A moment of complacency has hurt them again, with a mistake from Neuer and a lapse in defending gifting Chelsea a goal.
- Thiago is a one man midfield. He controlled the tempo of the game throughout. Also, Thiagoretzka is a great pivot.
45’ — HT.
43’ — Chelsea score! Tammy slots in after a mistake from Neuer, with Bayern’s defense equally to blame.
41’ — Emerson receives a yellow card for a nasty tackle on Leon Goretzka.
27’ — CLOSE! Hudson Odoi makes a darting run after being given acres of space by the Bayern midfield, and bends the ball around Neuer, into the back of the net. Fortunately, Tammy Abraham was offside before making the pass, so the goal wasn’t considered.
25’ — GOAL! After a ball won back well my Mueller, Lewandowski is released against Chelsea’s defense, who finds Perisic with a good ball, which the latter slots with ease. Great play, 2-0 for Bayern (5-0 on aggregate).
18’ — Chelsea’s Mateo Kovačić body-checks Leon Goretzka. The ref allows play to continue, since Bayern has the ball. After a shot flies wide, they check on Leon, who drags himself back to his feet.
9’ — GOAL! Robert Lewandowski puts the ball to Caballero’s right like clockwork. 1-0 Bayern (4-0 on aggregate). That’s a tall mountain to climb.
8’ — Penalty! VAR overturns the referee’s offside decision. Lewandowski scores to make it 1-0, 4-0 on aggregate.
Kickoff: We’re underway! Let’s hope for a good game (so long as Bayern make it through).
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! As predicted, Hansi Flick started Perisic over Coutinho. BFW 1, Kicker 0.
MATCHDAY! After months of waiting, Bayern Munich can finally secure their place in the Champions League quarter finals with a win over Chelsea. Lampard’s Blues come into the game with a 3-0 deficit and a plethora of injuries, so most will consider it a formality at this point.
However, that’s hardly the case. Bayern have some key players missing — both Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman are set to miss the game — and have not played a competitive game in almost a month. That means giving a chance to either Ivan Perisic or Philippe Coutinho, both of whom have been underwhelming this season. In addition, the team will surely be rusty and need time to get back into the groove of things, which could give Chelsea a way back into the tie.
Meanwhile, certain players are under a very real threat of missing the QF’s due to suspension. Joshua Kimmich and Thiago Alcantara are both likely to start, and they’re just one yellow card away from a suspension. While yellow cards are wiped out after the conclusion of the Ro16, yellow card suspensions are not. So they will have to play very carefully, while Chelsea will have a lot more freedom due to a lack of pressure.
Of course, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Alphonso Davies — all the stars from the first leg are available to play. Led by the indomitable Manuel Neuer, Hansi Flick’s men will look to give it their all and notch up a statement win to start up this year’s UCL min-tournament.
It’s Bayern time.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 9:00 pm local time, 3:00 pm EST
TV/streaming: Fubo.tv, Find Your Country
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