Bayern Munich took care of business in their first leg against Chelsea in the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League Round of 16. In addition, capping off a 3-0 victory on the road, Bayern Munich is holding all the cards. As for Chelsea, they’re on the verge of elimination in the Round of 16 for the fourth straight time.
Unfortunately, in Bayern Munich’s case, this hard-fought and well-deserved win came with a heavy price to pay. They lost Robert Lewandowski with a fractured tibia. The striker will miss at least four weeks meaning that he won’t take part in the second leg against Chelsea. Lewandowski is currently the top scorer(11) in the Champions League. His injury truly strikes a major blow to Bayern Munich.
Can Bayern Munich Put Chelsea Away?
With the second leg taking place at home, Bayern Munich has a home-field advantage. In this case, they’re perfectly capable of ending Chelsea’s Champions League run. Not having Lewandowski in the game is a hard pill to swallow, but it really shouldn’t hurt them. With Lewandowski out, the likes of Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry need to step up.
By winning 3-0 on the road, Bayern Munich holds an advantage via the away goals rule. However, they can’t allow Chelsea to take advantage of that same rule in the second leg. They should aim to keep another clean sheet. Finishing it off with a 3-0 will boost their confidence and help them get ready for the challenge that will await them in the quarterfinals.
In Chelsea’s case, the odds are not in their favor. Unfortunately, after suffering a heavy and humiliating defeat at home in the first leg, it really doesn’t look as though they’re capable of overcoming the odds and eliminating Bayern Munich. Regardless, Chelsea ought to step on the pitch and play hard. In other words, Chelsea may as well go down swinging.
The second leg is on March 18th. Bayern Munich is hoping to avenge their Round of 16 exit from last season and make it to the final eight. Furthermore, the club is one of the favorites to win it all. Bayern Munich wants to win its sixth Champions League title.