This Saturday will see Chelsea take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League, round of 16, second leg in the Allianz Arena. After Saturday’s disappointing FA cup final defeat to London rivals Arsenal, the blues have the almost impossible task of overturning their 3-0 deficit in Bavaria. Goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski sunk the blues back in February, in a game which also saw Marcos Alonso sent-off.
Both sides have been successful since the restart, with Bayern winning every single game on route to their domestic double. The blues haven’t been as scintillating, however, they did secure a champions league spot for next season, as well making the FA cup final.
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During the match versus Arsenal, the blues unfortunately picked up three injuries that have ended the seasons for Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro Rodriguez. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a doubt after missing the last two matches through a niggling injury, as well as this, Willian is also a major doubt due to his slight injury and the transfer rumours that currently surrounds him.
Jorginho and Marcos Alonso are suspended for the clash due to an accumulation of bookings and a red card respectively. This could be the final game for various Chelsea players as the transfer window has opened, so the players looking to make a statement could include: Ross Barkley, Andreas Christensen, Emerson Palmieri and Antonio Rudiger, as they should all claim starting berths.
Chelsea 3-4-3: Caballero; Zouma, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Barkley, Kovacic, Emerson; Mount, Abraham, Hudson- Odoi.
Bayern 4-2-3-1: Neuer; Odriozola, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Gnabry, Muller, Coman; Lewandowski.
Although Chelsea have had many magical nights in the Champions league under Roman Abramovich, this may be one step too far. With Frank Lampard already complaining to the Premier league about the turnaround from this season to next, he may see going out to Bayern as a positive. This is because the extended break the players and the coaching staff will get from this will be beneficial heading into next season with the new look squad.
Bayern Munich will be looking to turn a great season into a near-perfect season as they go into the Champions league mini tournament as favourites. Taking this all into account, I can only see a win for the German champions, which would end the longest season in Chelsea’s history, but would also give the club more time to prepare for a very important campaign that is due to start in five weeks.
Score prediction: Bayern 3-1 Chelsea