Bayern Progress Against Chelsea
That miracle was not on the cards. Robert Lewandowski was brought down by the Chelsea keeper in the box in the 9th minute and Lewandowski converted the penalty that basically put any small hopes of Chelsea to rest. 14 minutes later, Perisic made it 2-0 before Abraham added a consolation goal in the 44th minute.
The second half was pretty quiet. Neither team really appeared too interested in expending much effort. Bayern would bring in Niklas Süle and Correntin Tolisso to get some real action for the first time in months. A few minutes after his introduction, Tolisso would get on the end of one of his classic runs into the box to make it 3-1. Lewandowski would finish off the match with his second goal on an assist from Odriozola.
I think by this point we’re all aware of how good a season Lewandowski is having. He has been an absolute machine. Almost to the point where it’s surprising that anyone besides him actually scores. However he took it to yet another level tonight. Not being content with scoring 2 goals, he also felt the need to set up the other two.
With the Pole in this form, Bayern have the most dangerous offensive player in world football right now. There’s obviously no telling what will happen this season, but that bodes well for the Bavarians going forward.
After a month off, this was Bayern’s chance to get back in the swing of things with a little bit of comfort. The 3-0 lead allowed for them to play with a bit more freedom than could have been the case otherwise.
It’s hard to say exactly how much rust the Munich team had as Lewandowsi’s early goal took any remaining doubt out of the competition. The first half Bayern looked reasonably good. A little less crisp and sharp than they were a month ago but that’s to be expected. This game then provided a nice opportunity for them to regain a bit of that cohesion and rhythm prior to the single knockout stage.
Bayern will face Barcelona in the next round in Lisbon. While the Catalan’s have not been at their best this season, they are still a force to be reckoned with. Any team with Griezman, Suarez and especially Lionel Messi will always be a tough team to face.
To add to that difficulty, there are several players that either missed out entirely on today’s game or appeared to pick up injuries during the match. Of coure Pavard is out long term. Coman sat out with a nagging muscle problem. Boateng left the match not long after going down holding his knee. Davies exited shortly before the full time whistle with apparent cramps. While many of them will hopefully be fine for Friday’s match, it is still something to watch out for.
Despite all of that, Bayern will still be considered favorites going into the tie. They have been in good form since Hansi Flick took over. They have dominated nearly every opponent they have faced. If they play to their capability and with the same style and confidence they have have since January, there is every reason to believe that they can beat Barcelona and continue to progress towards a 6th Champions League title