Probably the most painful moment of all Bayern fans in this millennium took place in May 2012. The “old guard” of Chelsea around Didier Drogba and captain Frank Lampard won the final of the Champions League against FC Bayern – as is known as the “Finale dahoam” in the Allianz Arena. Now, on 25th of February 2020, there will be the first clash in a competitive game since the final: Chelsea host Bayern at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. The second leg will take place three weeks later.
Chelsea – Bayern record: They only met three times
Although Bayern and Chelsea have been regularly represented in the Champions League for over 15 years, the two European football heavyweights only dueled in three competitive games. The last game took place almost eight years ago at the Allianz Arena, Chelsea defeated the Munich team on penalties in the CL final. Previously, Chelsea and Bayern met in the quarter-finals of the 2004/2005 Champions League season. In two goals-scoring games (4-2 win for Chelsea in London, 3-2 in the second leg for Bayern), the English narrowly prevailed.
The current shape curve
Chelsea stumbled in December and January in the Premier League: home defeat against Bournemouth and Southampton, away defeats at Everton and Newcastle. Before the round of 16 first leg against Bayern, the top duels against Manchester United and Tottenham follow. If they are not won, there is a risk of losing 4th place, which entitles them to participate directly in the premier class.
Bayern are back at the top of the Bundesliga. The team of coach Hansi Flick has not lost a competitive game since December 7 (1-2 in Mönchengladbach) and ended the Champions League group phase with six wins from six games. The Munich team also prevailed in the DFB Cup (4: 3 against Hoffenheim), which continues to dance at all three weddings.
Personnel: Lucas Hernández reports fit for Bayern squad
Chelsea’s trainer Frank Lampard, at the triumph in Munich in 2012 as captain in the field, can draw on almost everything. Apart from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is back in training after the Achilles tendon tear, but is unlikely to be part of the squad for the Bayern game, the blues are available to all players. Christian Pulisic is fit and ready for action again after muscular problems.
Defense chief Niklas Süle (cruciate ligament rupture) and Ivan Perisic (ankle injury) are definitely missing at Bayern. Javi Martinez, on the other hand, is probably ready for action again. The Spaniard, who recently had a muscle bundle tear, recently announced that he was wearing glasses – just like Edgar Davids once did. Fiete Arp is also not in the squad. The 20-year-old was deleted from the Champions League squad by Flick, but Álvaro Odriozola is on loan on winter. World champion Lucas Hernandez, who is back after a long injury break has recently played in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea – Bayern: Live on Sky
Sky Deutschland will air the first leg from the Stamford Bridge live and exclusively on German TV. The pay-TV broadcaster starts the preliminary reports at 7:30 p.m., kick-off is then 9 p.m. DAZN shows the highlights of the game 40 minutes after the final whistle.
Chelsea v Bayern: bets and odds
Bayern go into the first leg as favorites. Already in the first leg at Stamford Bridge Lewandowski and Co. are rated with a win rate of 1.95. In the first knockout round of the Champions League, only Atalanta and Juventus receive a lower odds of a win. Chelsea are not exactly stable at home and they already showed that Bayern played well in London when they won 7-2 at Tottenham. Handicap 1: 0 is currently quoted by Tipster with a 3.15 for the German record champions.