Bayern Spank Chelsea Silly As ‘Low Intensity’ Barcelona Reach Quarters

As with the first leg at the Allianz Arena back home in Germany, Bayern Munich were in superb form when they visited English side, Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Friday for the return leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie winning the game 4-1

Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic soon stretched the aggregate lead before Tammy Abraham put Chelsea back on line. But soon, Corentin Tolisso fired home a third for Bayern and Lewandowski found a late fourth.

The 7-1 aggregate not only draws the curtain on a long, hard season for Chelsea but it also sets a number of new lows for Frank Lampard’s depleted side.

It was the first time the Blues conceded seven in a single European tie, marking an unwanted piece of history for Lampard in his debut season on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

It is also the side’s biggest-ever European aggregate defeat, surpassing a 4-1 loss at the hands of Barcelona in 2018. 

Lewandowski’s second goal was additionally the 16th conceded by Chelsea in this season’s Champions League, another new low for the club, who have struggled defensively throughout Lampard’s debut campaign.

The Blues shipped 79 goals in all competitions in the 2019-20 season, an average of 1.44 per game. It is their worst average since the 1990-91 campaign, when they conceded 1.64 goals per game.

Lewandowski was involved in all seven of his side’s goals against Chelsea, scoring three and assisting a further four. 

‘Low Intensity’ Barcelona In The Last Eight

Anyone who had followed Barcelona game since the restart of football after the global lockdown, wouldn’t have expected the performance they say on Friday at the Camp Nou against Napoli in the second leg UCL round of 16 game.

Despite being branded ‘Low Intensity’ and suffering a midfield crisis with first team players Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal unavailable due to suspension, Barcelona put up some magic to take the tie 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate; having secured a one-all draw in Napoli about 6 months ago

On 10 minutes Clement Lenglet appeared to push Diego Demme before heading Ivan Rakitic’s corner into the back of the net to put Barcelona 1-0 up. The goal was reviewed but allowed to stand. Then on 31 minutes with Barcelona 2-0 up Messi controlled a superb cross from Frenkie De Jong on his chest and scored past Ospina, only to find himself on the wrong side of a VAR call minutes later

It wasn’t long before the Argentine got his legit goal when he stumbled skillfully past four Napoli defenders and shot past David Ospina.

Soon, the video assistant awarded Messi a penalty after the Barca captain was pole-axed by a clumsy challenge from Kalidou Koulibaly. Leo was still smarting from that hit, leaving Luis Suarez to step up and convert. 

Provoking the last chance of the half he went down under a challenge from Rakitic and Insigne scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-1 protecting Napoli’s pride.

Barcelona will now play Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on 14th August.

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