Two Champions League matches took place tonight. Chelsea suffered a demolition in London against Bayern, while Barcelona survived Napoli and the atmosphere at San Paolo stadium.
Bayern’s Walk Through London
Not in the wildest dreams did Frank Lampard expected that his team experiences such a cruel loss at Stamford Bridge. The Blues lost 0-3 to Bayern Munich, and all three goals took place in the latter 45 minutes.
Serge Gnabry, who was once an Arsenal player and lived in London, displayed his talent scoring twice and destroying Chelsea’s defense. Meanwhile, Robert Lewandowski scored one goal and had two assists, while Thomas Muller created all sorts of problems for the hosts.
“I think we put a lot of pressure on Chelsea, we took our chances very well. We got ourselves two goals in front; I scored twice, and then Lewy bagged one for himself,” said Gnabry.
The first half saw a few misses on both sides. Bayern threatened first, and after that, it was Mason Mount who had a chance to endanger Neuer. Yet, Chelsea’s youngster didn’t strike the ball properly.
Koman could have set up a goal in the 11th minute, but he wined up being selfish. Then Giroud, on the other side, had two opportunities, before Lewandowski’s chance.
It was the 35th minute once Muller struck the bar, indicating that the guests are slowly taking over the field. Gnabry’s blitzkrieg lasted for four minutes early on in the second half.
Bayern continued in the same manner netting through Lewandowski who received an assist from Alphonso Davies. Until the end, the referee showed a red card to Marcos Alonso, and we can say that his decision wasn’t right. We could have seen a few more goals, but luckily for the Blues, the game ended with this result.
Barcelona Silences San Paolo
Napoli is playing very well over the recent few weeks, and Gattuso’s team won six out of the last seven events. However, they couldn’t beat Barca tonight, and the game ended 1-1.
The guests played a pretty bad first half, without managing to make at least one shot towards Ospina’s net. Dries Mertens scored for the home team after half an hour of play. It was a goal which tied him with Marek Hamsik as the top scorer in the history of this club.
Barcelona took over the control after that, but even though the Spaniards had the initiative, they couldn’t do anything. In the meantime, Manolas had a chance for Napoli to increase the lead and to stun the rivals.
It was the 57th minute once Barcelona took the first shot on target, and it was immediately a score. It was Griezmann who netted, executing a wonderful action of the entire team.
The Italians didn’t have a reason to wait for anything, as they needed to attack and create at least one goal of advantage before the final whistle. Insigne, Callejon, and few others had chances, but nothing came out of it.
“Our dream at the Camp Nou is to play further up the pitch. It’s not over – it will be difficult, but we’ll go there and try to progress,” said Gattuso at the press conference.
The only notable thing which took place before the end was Arturo Vidal’s red card.
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