A group which contained teams like Ajax and Valencia was never going to be easy for this young Chelsea team to manoeuvre on the European front. However, thanks to some amazing individual efforts, and a few blistering team performances, the Blues have managed to enter the knockout phase of the Champions League.

Bayern Munich have now been confirmed as Chelsea’s opponent in the next round of proceedings. The German heavyweights are currently in fifth place on the Bundesliga table but were in ravishing form in Europe. Chelsea, quite similarly, find themselves in fourth place, having lost four of their last five league games.

Analysing The Opposition

Bayern Munich are the reigning champions of Germany and are considered to be one of the strongest contenders to the throne at the end of the season. Despite their deceiving table position, Robert Lewandowski’s scoring rate has become the prime fear for many of the biggest teams in Europe. The talismanic Pole has been in unbelievable form since the start of the campaign and will be a proper handful for the young Chelsea defenders on any night. 

Lewandowski is just one of the problems that Frank Lampard will have to worry about. The likes of Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman have been in fine form all year, and have already laid waste to an English team in Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the season. Also, the presence of Niklas Süle and the versatile Joshua Kimmich, makes them a considerable defensive barrier as well.

Which Chelsea Players Can Be Decisive In A Fixture Of This Magnitude?

The Blues’ main attacking threat this season has unquestionably been Tammy Abraham. Although the youngster has shown good form, his impact within the team has begun to dwindle in recent games, owing to Chelsea’s inability to finish chances off. The Blues will have to be a lot more clinical than they were against Bournemouth if they hope to progress into the latter stages.

The midfield trio of Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho will also be extremely vital to Lampard in the European competition. The Croatian has been the Blues’ driving force this season, and his absence makes them look like a lesser team. Jorginho’s intricate passing has been integral to a certain extent, while Kante’s explosiveness in the middle of the park is undoubtedly Lampard’s greatest weapon.

Will The Blues Be Able To Repeat The Final From 2012?

Chelsea’s most historic moment ever has to be their iconic Champions League final win against Bayern Munich at their home stadium – the Allianz Arena. Although Didier Drogba was certainly a different animal to anyone Chelsea currently possess in their squad, considering the unpredictable season they’ve been having, we wouldn’t put it completely past them to cause one of the biggest upsets of the year by beating Die Roten.

Nikhil has been an avid Chelsea fan for as long as the concept of time has existed and rumours say that he even bleeds blue. Having lived in the UK for 3 years, Nikhil is said to have an excellent understanding of the atmosphere surrounding the English game. His role model is the greatest manager of all time - Jose Mourinho.