Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Serge Gnabry Steals the Show in London

?Bayern Munich already have one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to their impressive 3-0 win over a 10-man Chelsea, where ex-Arsenal star Serge Gnabry stole the show for the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern Munich showed their threat on the counter-attack in the early stages of the match through Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry, while Thomas Müller came close to breaking the deadlock when he rattled the crossbar with an unorthodox header.

Chelsea were able to hold out and went into the half-time break on level terms, but Bayern Munich took a deserved lead just five minutes after the restart, with Gnabry tapping the ball into the net after a stunning passing move.

Robert Lewandowski

Just a few minutes later, Bayern Munich doubled their lead through the same partnership, with Gnabry racing onto a through ball from Lewandowski before picking out Willy Caballero’s bottom corner with his weaker left foot.

Lewandowski added a third with a simple finish after a devastating run from Alphonso Davies and things went from bad to worse when Marcos Alonso was sent off for the hosts, helping Bayern Munich see out the remainder of the match with ease.


Key Talking Point

Frank Lampard made the decision to keep things as they were after their impressive win against Tottenham Hotspur, but one notable difference was the position of attacking midfielders Ross Barkley and Mason Mount.

Both players were taking up positions in much wider areas compared to how they were used at the weekend. It was a decision which helped to negate Bayern Munich’s threat in wide areas, but it allowed Joshua Kimmich and Thiago Alcântara to dictate the tempo of the game.


As well as sacrificing the middle of the pitch to have defensive control out wide, Reece James and Marcos Alonso were only able to venture forward once in a blue moon, making things much easier for Bayern Munich’s makeshift defence.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Caballero (7); Azpilicueta (6), Christensen (4), Rudiger (4); James (6), Jorginho (6), Kovacic (7), Alonso (4); Mount (6), Barkley (5), Giroud (7).

Substitutes: Willian (6), Abraham (5), Pedro (6).

Mateo Kova?i?

There’s not too much to shout about for Chelsea fans after the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match against Bayern Munich, but Mateo Kova?i?’s impression in Europe’s elite competition was a major highlight on Tuesday.


Most of the players in blue looked out of their depth against the Bundesliga champions, but Kova?i? held his own in attack and defence, as well as being crucial to Chelsea’s brief spells in possession – even more so than Jorginho.

Bayern Munich

Key Talking Point

Chelsea did brilliantly to negate most of the most dangerous tools in Hansi Flick’s arsenal, but Bayern Munich’s obvious threat going forward helped to cancel out two players who have been vital under Frank Lampard this season.

With Kingsley Coman and Benjamin Pavard attacking down the right-wing, while Serge Gnabry and Alphonso Davies were doing the same on the left, that left Chelsea’s full-backs with little choice but to sit deep – creating a back five.


Chelsea eventually paid the price for being forced to sit deeper when Gnabry opened the scoring with two stunning goals at the start of the second half, helping to open up the game and letting Lewandowski add a third, all but wrapping things up ahead of the second leg next month.

Bayern Player Ratings

Neuer (7); Pavard (5), Boateng (7), Alaba (6), Davies (8); Kimmich (7), Thiago (9), Gnabry (9), Muller (9), Coman (7); Lewandowski (8).

Substitutes: Coutinho (6), Tolisso (6), Goretzka (N/A).

Thomas Müller

Fans in Germany have known for some time that Thomas Müller has still got what it takes to perform at the highest level of the sport, and after Tuesday’s performance at Stamford Bridge, European fans do too.


Müller was living up to his reputation as a Raumdeuter and popped up all over the pitch to cause Chelsea problems in the final third, even having some of Bayern Munich’s best chances of the match.

Looking Ahead

After back-to-back games at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea travel to the south coast this weekend to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth.

Bayern Munich are also on the road this weekend, facing TSG Hoffenheim.

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