Bayern Munich 4-1 Chelsea : Lewandowski stars in routine win

Bayern Munich saw off Chelsea 4-1 at the Allianz Arena to complete a 7-1 aggregate rout in their Champions League last-16 tie.
Robert Lewandowski maintained his impressive scoring streak as Bayern Munich beat Chelsea 4-1 at the Allianz Arena to seal a 7-1 aggregate victory in their Champions League last-16 tie.

Bayern took a 3-0 lead into Saturday's second leg after a thumping win in February's reverse fixture and completed the job in style to set up a quarter-final with Barcelona in Lisbon on Friday.

Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot and rounded things off late on with his 53rd goal of the season after setting up Ivan Perisic and substitute Corentin Tolisso.

Tammy Abraham had pulled one back for Chelsea but treble-chasing Bayern - who lost Jerome Boateng to an apparent knee injury - became the first side ever to put seven past the Blues in a two-legged European tie.

This was the Blues' worst-ever European defeat over two legs and a demonstration of the weaknesses which plague the club heading into the new season

It starkly illustrated the gap between Chelsea and the very best clubs in Europe.

Chelsea can point to a number of factors for this second-leg hammering – suspensions for Jorginho and Marcos Alonso, plus injuries to Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesar Azpilicueta and Billy Gilmour – but this was a lesson, Bayern proving to be so much better over the course of 180 minutes.

It was not through luck that Bayern were dispossessing Chelsea, finding the final ball and dominating possession. It was a statement of their world-class credentials.

Indeed, Bayern were in second gear for most of the return leg, resting players and still looking invincible bar Manuel Neuer’s error which gifted Tammy Abraham his 18th goal of the season.

That’s not a bad return for his first season as Chelsea’s No.9 but compare it to Robert Lewandowski. With his two goals here, the Poland frontman made it 53 for the season and he added another two assists for good measure.

Bayern had composure and experienced players all over the pitch, not least in midfield where Thiago was supreme. Chelsea simply cannot compete, man-for-man, on equal footing with so little proven Champions League performers in the ranks.

Aside from Mateo Kovacic, who won the Champions League three times with Real Madrid as a back-up option, there is very little top-level experience in this squad.

Even senior stars like N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley have played just three seasons in the competition between them.



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