Bayern Munich v Chelsea: Champions League last 16, second leg – live! | Football
2 min “Not sure that Hudson-Odoi being on the team-sheet is that big a surprise – with Pedro, Willian, and Pulisic all out, they don’t really have anyone else to put on the wing,” says Neal Butler. “Abraham starting is a little surprising, given Giroud’s recent form, but not Hudson-Odoi.”
I thought I said ‘interesting’ rather than ‘surprising’, but my cognitive function isn’t what it wibble.
1 min Peep peep! Chelsea, in blue, kick off from left to right. Bayern are in red. As per Peter Oh’s email during the City game last night, this match is a mobile provider-off: T-Mobile versus Three. Hang on, Chelsea are sponsored by Three.
“Evening Rob,” says Stephen Carr. “We may as well talk about Pirlo because this game already has a fork stuck in it. Its an interesting appointment given Pochettino’s availability and Pep only having a year left on his deal. Can’t see them bombing Pirlo out after a year unless he completely screws it up.”
I suppose there is a reasonable precedent for a superpower giving a legendary regista his first big managerial job, but it’s such a big risk. I’d love to know what he did during his seven days in charge of the under-23s to gain such a quick promotion.
The most interesting bit of team news is the inclusion of Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who have drifted to the margins. Hudson-Odoi has had a seriously frustrating season, though he’s still only 19 so he’s not ready to join the list of football’s lost boys just yet.
A reminder of the first leg of this tie, which took place in more innocent times.
Bayern (yes, yes, or Chelsea) will play Barcelona or Napoli in the quarter-final on Friday. Our Baz is covering the second leg at the Camp Nou.
For Chelsea, this is the final game of a promising first season under Frank Lampard. They had a brilliant run to the FA Cup final, beating Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester United, and qualified for the Champions League. Christian Pulisic was a revelation and Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech are eye-catching signings.
But the plan to invest in young English players didn’t really pay off, with the exception of Mason Mount and to a lesser extent Reece James, and the defence needs a lot of work. I’d give Frank a B on his school report. I’m sure he could really give one.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Thiago; Gnabry, Muller, Perisic; Lewandowski.
Substitutes: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Odriozola, Sule, Javi Martinez, Coutinho, Cuisance, Hernandez, Tolisso, Tillman, Musiala, Arrey-Mbi.
Chelsea (4-3-3) Caballero; James, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson; Barkley, Kante, Kovacic; Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Mount.
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Cumming, Rudiger, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori, Broja, Lawrence, Maatsen, Bate, Simeu.
Referee Ovidiu Hategan (Romania)
Hello. It’s Saturday night at the Allianz Arena, and Chelsea are in town. The last time that happened was on 19 May 2012, the greatest night in Chelsea’s history. Eight years later they need the greatest comeback in anyone’s history. Let’s be clear: while there have been bigger comebacks in European football, there is no precedent for a team of Bayern’s ability and experience blowing a 3-0 lead from the away leg.
The closest is probably Barcelona’s hilarious collapse against Metz in 1984-85, but this Bayern team are on a different level. Chelsea have two chances of making the quarter-finals, and slim is self-isolating.
The last match Bayern played was the German cup final on 4 July, so this is a warm-up for their quarter-final against Barcelona or Napoli on Friday. They were playing a different sport when they won 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in February, and their form under Hansi Flick has been astonishing.
Bayern have won 25 of their last 26 games in all competitions, the only blemish a 0-0 draw at home to Leipzig. If Chelsea get through tonight, nothing will ever make sense again.
Kick off 8pm.