Bayern vs Chelsea – Champions League – Bayern München and Chelsea are featured in what is probably the most predictable and less exciting match of these 8th finals.
Bayern vs Chelsea –I say this because of the 3-0 applied by the German club at Stamford Bridge that practically sealed their qualification to the quarter finals.
But I can’t be arrogant to the point of saying that the Bavarians already have the spot, because we saw some crazy things happening recently on this same competition, such as Barcelona’s epic comeback against Paris Saint Germain, Roma and Liverpool’s comebacks against
Barça and Tottenham’s victory over Ajax.
Chelsea will surely hold on to those epic comebacks to try and shock the world this weekend. But…
Bayern München is a goalscoring machine. In 34 matches played in the 2019/20 Bundesliga, they’ve scored nothing less than 100 goals and they’ve only conceded 32. The 2nd best attack, from Borussia Dortmund scored 16 less goals.
The 2nd best defence, from Red Bull Leipzig conceded 5 more goals. I don’t even need to say what was the position of the Bavarians on the standings.
Their dominance on the pitch wasn’t exclusively on the domestic scene, since Bayern have also been dominant in the UEFA Champions League. The victory in London by 3-0 over the Chelsea on the 1st leg of the 8th finals is proof of that.
In that match played in February, the German manager Hans-Dieter Flick utilized a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Thiago Alcântara forming a duo in midfield with the German Joshua Kimmich. Coman and Gnabry played down the wings, while Lewandowski was helped by Thomas Muller on the formation that sometimes turned to a 4-2-4 due to Muller’s natural propension to become an attacker.
For the 2nd leg, most of the important players from Bayern München’s core will be available and therefore I don’t see Flick changing a lot of things from the team that practically ensured qualification in the 1st leg.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea made a good campaign in the Premier League and alongside Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, they’ve conquered a spot in the UEFA Champions League in 2020/21.
On the FA Cup, they’ve gotten a good result by beating United in the semifinals. However, they were defeated by their London rivals Arsenal in the final. The Blues could only play the current UCL season, where they needed to revert a 3-0 disadvantage brought from the 1st leg at home.
On that match played at Stamford Bridge, Lampard utilized an extremely defensive formation with the 3-6-1, with the 3-man defensive line formed by Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rudiger and the 6 players in the middle being Kovacic, Barkley, Alonso, James, Mount and Jorginho.
Giroud was the only attacker. This “park the bus” tactic wasn’t enough to avoid the German dominance, and the Germans could have even scored more if it wasn’t for Cabalero’s saves.
For the 2nd leg, in Munich, I really doubt Lampard will mount an attacking strategy. I believe that Chelsea will play in order not to get battered again and maybe score an early goal that gives them confidence to revert the disadvantage.
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Bayern vs Chelsea – Betting Tips:
Bayern München is a goalscoring machine and Chelsea should once again build a strategy where they don’t allow as many attacks as they did in the 1st leg.
I don’t think the English side has enough quality to stop the Germans and therefore I’m betting on another victory from the Bavarians.