Mateo Kovacic’s defiant message about Chelsea ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Bayern Munich were the only team to win every game in the group stage of this season’s Champions League, hammering Tottenham 7-2 on their last visit to London.

The German giants also top scored with 24 goals in reaching the last 16 and in Robert Lewandowski have one of the hottest strikers in Europe.

The sizzling Poland star has scored a whopping 38 goals in 32 games this season, including ten in just five Champions League games.

But Blues midfielder Kovacic has won this trophy three times with Real Madrid and is currently enjoying the best season of his career as Chelsea prepare for a rematch of the 2012 final.

And he reckons Frank Lampard’s young team are more than capable of springing a surprise against one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

Kovacic said: “I think it’s always better to be the underdog but I don’t think we are because we have a good team.

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“They do as well. But I don’t think there’s much difference between us and Bayern. We are similar.

“We may not have as much experience as them but we have shown we know how to play big games and we will show that again. It will be an open game, which we enjoy.

“I had luck to play in a great club as Real Madrid is. Obviously I won this competition. I am happy about that. But the players here don’t ask me about it.

“I think this team can do great things this year and we can show in this game that we are a great team and try to pass this stage if possible.

“It’s difficult to give them any advice. They just need to enjoy it. I think it’s easier to play such big games. Just enjoy it.”

Kovacic feels Chelsea’s 2-1 win over top-four rivals Spurs on Saturday was a turning point for them after going four games without victory and sets them up nicely to face Bayern.

He said: “It is for sure, because we had not a bad game but a bad result against Manchester United.

“They got three points and got closer to us from behind. We had to wake up and to have a good game against Tottenham which is what we did.

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“I think we beat a fantastic club. Now we have to move on and play the same way and to start winning again. Because we are team who, if we start winning, we can improve a lot.”

When Chelsea won this competition by beating Bayern on penalties in Munich in 2012, it was Lampard captaining them to victory.

This is the first time they have met in the competition since, and with Chelsea’s last three campaigns ending at this stage, he knows they need to be at their best.

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