Bayern Munich’s German striker Serge Gnabry (C) scores their first purpose in the course of the UEFA Champion’s League spherical of 16 first leg soccer match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge in London on February 25, 2020. Glyn KIRK / AFP
Serge Gnabry fired Bayern Munich to the brink of the Champions League quarter-finals because the German’s double impressed an excellent Three-Zero rout of Chelsea within the last-16 first leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Gnabry had tormented Tottenham Hotspur with 4 targets in Bayern’s 7-2 victory in north London earlier this season and the previous Arsenal winger returned to the English capital to push Chelsea to the brink of elimination.
The 24-year-old’s time with Arsenal was a disappointment and he even flopped throughout a mortgage spell at West Bromwich Albion.
However he has been reborn with Bayern and his two targets within the house of three minutes left Hansi Flick’s facet inside touching distance of the final eight.
Robert Lewandowski obtained Bayern’s third earlier than Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso was despatched off within the 83rd minute.
Chelsea will want one other Munich miracle within the second leg on March 18 to overturn the deficit on the Allianz Enviornment, the place they famously beat the German membership within the 2012 Champions League remaining.
“I have a lot of friends here. A lot of them were in the stands and I think they were giving me good power,” Gnabry informed BT Sport of his London purpose streak.
“Three targets ought to give us plenty of confidence. However we have to be ready for the second leg and we are able to’t take it severe sufficient.
“We noticed final season with Liverpool beating Barcelona, we all know we’ve to watch out and focus.”
This hasn’t been a classic yr for Bayern, however they’ve been energised because the exit of disliked boss Niko Kovac and out-classed Chelsea in all phases.
Not one of the earlier six groups to have gained all of their Champions League group video games have lifted the trophy that season, however five-time winners Bayern will fancy their probabilities of breaking that duck if they’ll keep this type.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admitted his younger staff have been “underdogs” towards a membership of Bayern’s huge European expertise and his pre-match prediction proved spot on in a chastening defeat.
Bayern set the tone when Thomas Muller compelled a save from Willy Caballero inside the primary minute after stealing possession from Jorginho.
Flick had warned Chelsea that Lewandowski was within the “form of his life” and the Bayern striker escaped Andreas Christensen for a stinging shot that Caballero blocked along with his face.
Ross Barkley surrendered possession carelessly deep inside his personal half and Muller pounced with a reverse cross to Lewandowski, whose toe-poked effort was nicely saved by Caballero.
Bayern’s stress was mounting and Muller drifted onto Gnabry’s cross to flick a again header towards the bar.
Lampard had saved religion with Olivier Giroud after the 33-year-old marked his first begin since November with a purpose in Saturday’s win towards Tottenham.
However retaining Giroud on the expense of Tammy Abraham was an enormous gamble and the Chelsea striker’s muscular however motionless presence supplied little to unsettle Bayern.
Bayern remained the dominant pressure to such an extent that they could have rendered the second leg irrelevant.
They deservedly took the lead within the 51st minute with a perfectly crafted purpose.
Gnabry’s deft management and cross despatched Lewandowski into the Chelsea space and when he reduce the ball again, his team-mate made a perfectly-timed run to fireplace low previous Caballero.
Shifting the ball with tempo and precision, Bayern have been irresistible and so they elevated their lead three minutes later thanks to a different spectacular mixture from the Gnabry and Lewandowski double act.
Lewandowski nodded onto Gnabry, took the return cross from the winger and performed a chic by means of ball to Gnabry, who had accelerated away from the Chelsea defence to information a cool end into the far nook.
Bayern weren’t completed but and Lewandowski turned the primary Bayern participant to attain in six consecutive Champions League matches when he tapped in from Alphonso Davies’s 76th-minute cross for his 39th purpose of the season.
Alonso’s frustration at Chelsea’s plight boiled over when he was despatched off for whacking Lewandowski along with his arm.