Bayern Munich steamrolled Chelsea in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern Munich went to Stamford Bridge and convincingly won 3-0 against Chelsea. The match had a high intensity as both Chelsea and Bayern pressed high up the pitch, creating problems for both teams. For most of the game, Bayern were able to break out of the pressure with the help of their midfield and get the ball to their attacking players. It wasn’t until the second half, when the game started to open up for Bayern and the goals started to come. Bayern kept up the pressure until the final whistle and never took their foot off the gas. It was a very impressive performance.
Bayern had their fair share of chances in the first half, but the score remained 0-0 going into the break. Serge Gnabry opened the scoring in the 51st minute after a beautiful reverse pass from Robert Lewandowski. He scored again in the 54th minute when Robert Lewandowski played a through ball to Gnabry. The German slotted the ball into the netting on the far side. Lewandowski got his own goal in the 76th minute from a beautiful run and cross by Alphonso Davies. Davies did all the work, beating several Chelsea defenders with his pace and squared the ball into the path of Lewandowski.
All Bayern fans were anxious for this match, given how the team played in last year’s round of 16 tie against Liverpool, but the team pulled through and showed just how far apart these two teams are. The next leg is home at the Allianz, and Bayern will look to put on another convincing performance, this time for the home fans. Here are four takeaways from this match in London.