Two second-half targets in lower than three minutes from Serge Gnabry and one other from prolific Pole Robert Lewandowski earned Bayern Munich a thumping 3-Zero victory at Chelsea of their Champions League final 16, first leg on Tuesday.
The German champions, clearly a category aside from their hosts, piled on the stress from the beginning of the match and bossed Stamford Bridge with aptitude and 63% possession.
“It was a really good result for us,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick stated. “The team performed exactly how we planned and we were very focused how we played.”
It was a foul night time for Chelsea, whose house kind underneath Frank Lampard has been suspect all season, and their distress was full within the 83rd minute when wing again Marcos Alonso was despatched off for violent conduct after he caught Lewandowski within the face together with his arm.
For former Arsenal ahead Gnabry they had been the fifth and sixth targets in London within the Champions League this season after he scored 4 in Bayern’s 7-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur within the group phases.
The primary towards Chelsea within the 51st minute concerned a one-two between Gnabry and Lewandowski, who reduce from the sting of the realm when Chelsea’s retreating defence anticipated him to shoot, leaving Gnabry with a straightforward end from lower than 10 metres.
Chelsea, run ragged a lot of the night, had barely acquired their breath again when Lewandowski and Gnabry exchanged passes midway down the pitch earlier than Gnabry raced away to attain.
A smiling Flick stated he was very completely happy Gnabry was now plying his commerce in Germany relatively than England.
“I saw how he played at Arsenal and I followed his career intently,” Flick stated. “You could tell what he could do for the first Champions League match I saw him… he really impressed me and with Bayern Munich he’s really developing well. So I’m very happy that he’s playing with us.”
Lewandowski, clearly additionally having fun with himself, acquired among the many scorers within the 76th minute after a stirring run from Canadian full again Alphonso Davies.
Host of possibilities
The Germans had additionally wasted a collection of possibilities within the first half.
Thomas Mueller, one in every of three gamers who figured in Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League closing victory over Bayern in Munich, went closest within the 35th minute when he thumped the bar with a header from one other Lewandowski cross.
Tuesday’s win proved a measure of revenge for that unlikely Chelsea victory when Lampard captained the workforce in Munich and the English coach singled out Mueller as one of many gamers who had made the distinction together with his expertise of the Champions League.
Mueller additionally had possibilities within the first minute and simply earlier than the half hour when his shot from 20 metres flew simply broad.
Kingsley Coman appeared harmful down the appropriate wing in a Bayern facet that gave the impression to be at all times a metre forward of Chelsea in pace and anticipation.
The house workforce had 38-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Willy Caballero to thank within the first half for retaining out Lewandowski, who has scored 11 targets within the competitors up to now this season, saving first together with his face, then together with his foot.
Lampard, who all through his profession relished Champions League soccer and performed in two finals, stated the outcome was sobering for his younger workforce.
“Thats football at this level — the level of Bayern Munich. Unless we were getting everything bang on and right we were not going to get a result and we didnt get everything bang on,” Lampard stated. “It was a harsh lesson in the realities of Champions League football.”
Lampard, clearly disenchanted within the efficiency of a few of his facet, stated every member of the workforce had to have a look at how he might enhance within the second leg in Munich on March 18.
“We have to go and play with pride and not consider the scoreline,” he stated. “We have to show character.”