LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich scores his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Premier League giants Chelsea lost their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg tie against Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge after Frank Lampard named an unchanged eleven from the one that beat Tottenham on the weekend. The Blues had a couple of decent opportunities over the course of the ninety but were generally dominated by the well-drilled Bavarians. A brace from former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry and a late strike from goal-machine Robert Lewandowski ensured that the German club carried home three away goals from their trip to London.

Chelsea Players Rated In Defeat Vs Bayern Munich

Willy Caballero – 7

The Argentine veteran had an excellent first half as he denied multiple Bayern attackers from hitting the back of the net. Wasn’t at fault for any of the Bavarian goals on the night though.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

The Spaniard, unfortunately, slipped on the lead up to the opener but did a reasonably solid defensive job apart from that. Wasn’t able to deliver any quality despite getting forward at times.

Antonio Rudiger – 5.5

The German international centre-half looked a little bit off the pace of the game right from the off and struggled to deal with the rapid movement of the Bayern attackers in the second half.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Leon Goretzka of Bayern Munich heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Andreas Christensen – 6

The Danish international held his position whenever required, but wasn’t able to deal with the precise running and movement being displayed by the likes of Lewandowski and Gnabry.

Reece James – 6

The youngster was hustled off the ball on numerous occasions by the energetic Bayern midfielders. Despite picking up some dangerous positions, he wasn’t allowed to cross the ball into the box.

Mateo Kovacic – 6.5

The Croatian was far from his usual composed self in the middle of the park, mostly since they were being overrun in that area. Played some neat passes forward though.

Jorginho – 5.5

The Italian midfielder struggled to impact the tie as he was unable to deal with the sheer intensity that the away side were displaying. Wasn’t allowed to look up and pick out the desired passes.

Marcos Alonso – 5

The Spaniard was unable to get forward as he was forced to deal with the constant pressure by Kingsley Coman and Thomas Muller. Got sent off for what looked like a slightly soft VAR decision.

Ross Barkley – 5.5

The Englishman showed good energy and enthusiasm in the opening minutes of the tie but slowly fizzled out. Was substituted by Lampard at just around the hour mark.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 25: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea leaves the pitch after being shown a red-card during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Mason Mount – 6.5

The youngster made some decent runs in the first half but struggled due to the lack of pace against the vigilant Alphonso Davies. Was probably Chelsea’s best starter in an attacking role.

Olivier Giroud – 6

The French striker failed to give Jerome Boateng a hard enough time at the back and didn’t really have the same impact he did on the weekend. Like Barkley, was taken off at the sixty-minute mark.

Substitutes

Willian – 6

The Brazilian speedster injected a little more pace to the Chelsea attacks in the late stages and even played a dangerous ball that went straight across the face of Manuel Neuer’s goal.

Tammy Abraham – 6

The Englishman had a couple of opportunities to take a shot on, but looked indecisive and wasted them. Tried to outsmart the Bayern defenders but wasn’t able to in the end.

Pedro – 6

The Spanish veteran came on and tried to use his experience to snatch a goal back for the Blues but to no avail. Like Willian, played a smart ball across goal, but didn’t find any real takers.

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.