Chelsea handed possible Champions League lifeline as Bayern Munich suffer big injury blow

Chelsea have been handed a potential lifeline in their Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich after an injury to Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker has suffered a fracture of the tibia at the left knee joint, meaning he is a major doubt for the return leg next month.

The 31-year-old was on target during the 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, with Serge Gnabry also scoring a brace in the rout.

But Lewandowski is now set for a four-week spell on the sidelines and could miss the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 18.

Bayern confirmed that their star frontman will spend 10 days in a cast before commencing rehabilitation training.

Chelsea will be buoyed by the news, with Lewandowski having caused the Blues defence numerous problems in midweek.

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The Bayern frontman has one of the best goalscoring records in Europe and has bagged over 400 goals during his stellar club career.

If Lewandowski does not recover in time to face the Blues, Thomas Muller may be deployed centrally while Philippe Coutinho will hope to come into the starting XI.

Kingsley Coman and Gnabry also provide plenty of firepower, but Lewandowski’s absence can only be good news for Frank Lampard’s men.

The Chelsea managed admitted the first-leg defeat was something of a reality check for his young side, who found themselves swept aside by a blistering spell from the Bavarian outfit after half-time.

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Speaking to BT Sport after the final whistle, Lampard said: “The performance was poor and sometimes you have to be brutally honest.

“They outclassed us in every department and it’s quite sobering. The level of team they are is why they challenge in the Bundesliga and Europe year in year out.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t do more against them. We have to take it on the chin and work towards getting back to the levels we want to be at.

“If you look at the choice of passes they make, our choices have to improve.


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“If our players have a bit about them, which i think they do, they will look at who they were playing against and the level they need to work to.

“We will always play with pride but I’m more concerned about the bigger picture. How quickly can we recover for the Premier League and how quickly can we get to the level?”

To add insult to injury, Bayern Munich fans mocked their Chelsea counterparts by singing ‘Three Lions’ during the demolition at Stamford Bridge.

Supporters of the Bundesliga side were heard chanting “football’s coming home” as they took control of the tie.

The song – made famous by Baddiel and Skinner during Euro 96 – has long been associated with feelings of optimism surrounding the English national team, although Terry Venables’ side ultimately lost on penalties in the semi-finals of that competition.

Gareth Southgate – current Three Lions manager – missed the decisive spot-kick against eventual champions Germany, meaning the song has also been adopted by German fans both internationally and domestically.

It made a resurgence during the 2018 World Cup as England progressed through to the semi-finals once again, only to lose to Croatia.

And Bayern fans ironically brought out the chant as an English club once again failed to meet expectations in Europe.

Chelsea supporters will hope to tables are turned during the return lege next month.

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