Bayern crush Chelsea to set up Barca battle

Bayern Munich will meet Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals after Robert Lewandowski inspired them to a crushing 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea.

Having established a commanding 3-0 first leg lead at Stamford Bridge back in February, Bayern quickly made it 5-0 on aggregate when Lewandowski – from the penalty spot – and Ivan Perisic scored inside 25 minutes at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea pulled a goal back through Tammy Abraham after a rare mistake by keeper Manuel Neuer, but Bayern’s class shone through, according to a BBC match report.

Substitute Corentin Tolisso made it 6-1 on aggregate when he volleyed home unmarked inside the six-yard area before Poland forward Lewandowski, who now has 53 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions this season, headed the fourth to finish the match with two goals and two assists.

Bayern will now face Barca in a mouth-watering one-game knockout format in Lisbon on Friday.

A long season which started with a 4-0 hammering at Manchester United on 11 August 2019 ended – via a top-four Premier League finish and FA Cup final loss – in a heavy defeat and a reminder that Chelsea are still a work in progress.

Having been blown away by Bayern in 25 second-half minutes in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, it was always going to require something extra special by Lampard’s side to turn it around in Munich.

The Chelsea boss described his side’s challenge as an “opportunity to do something special” yet it turned into a damage limitation exercise inside the opening 10 minutes thanks to Lewandowski’s precise finish from the spot.

Champions League quarter-finals – Lisbon

Date Fixture      Kick-off

12 Aug       Atalanta v Paris St-Germain

13 Aug       RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid      

14 Aug       Barcelona v Bayern Munich          15 Aug       Manchester City v Lyon