Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League are all but over with The Blues being defeated 3-0 by German side Bayern Munich in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Frank Lampard’s men held the visitors for 50 minutes before a second half collapse saw them concede three times.
Bayern Munich almost broke the deadlock in the 15th minute but Robert Lewandowski’s shot was saved by Willy Caballero before the same player was denied by The Blues keeper 13 minutes later.
Thomas Muller saw a header crash off the crossbar before Manuel Neuer made a good save to deny Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea missed a wonderful opportunity to break the deadlock straight after the interval when Mason Mount was denied by both Neuer and Alphonso Davies before the Bayern keeper blocked a Ross Barkley shot.
Lampard’s men were made to rue that miss when Lewandowski set up Serge Gnabry to score before the pair again combined as the visitors quickly made it 2-0.
Lewandowski then got his name on the scoresheet when he swept home Bayern’s third before Alonso was dismissed late on for an off the ball incident.
Chelsea need a miracle when they travel to Germany for the return leg on Wednesday 18 March.