Chelsea have a monumental task ahead of them in Bayern Munich. How will the Blues line up in Germany with injuries and suspensions?
It’s almost over. A year with unforgettable peaks and peaks. Chelsea enter the Champions League quarter-final against second-placed Munich against Bayern Munich and know nothing but a phenomenal achievement and turnaround will end their campaign in Germany.
3-0 down from the opening battle, which seems to be light years away now, seems pretty inaccessible given the destruction Bayern provoked as it rushed to another Bundesliga title. And given that Frank Lampard has suffered several injuries, it will significantly affect his team choice. But hey, stranger things have happened! Here is XI who he hopes can do wonders in Munich.
Willy Caballero (No. 13) Goalkeeper, Argentina
Lampard seemed to hammer the final nail in Kepa Arrizabalaga’s coffin after leaving him out of the FA Cup final. His entrepreneur was Willy Caballero. That veteran will be thrown into the depths against a furious Bayern front line and will not be offered any mercy by the likes of Robert Lewandowski or Kinsley Coman.
Kurt Zouma (No. 15) Centerback, France
Caballero hopes that those ordered to protect his net have the game in their lives if they are to have any hope of getting anything from the battle. Of the trio, Kurt Zouma is likely to win the case if he has a proactive night in Munich. Expect him to stand up to the powerful pole, match him for strength and overcome him with speed. These are just the many other dangers he worries about.
Andres Christensen (no. 4) Centerback, Denmark
Cesar Azpilicueta’s injury will undoubtedly have the biggest impact on this Chelsea side, not only for his defensive quality, but also his natural leadership as a club captain. Andres Christensen will only fill in, instead of replacing the Spaniard, but he simply can not afford to shrink into the shadows under Bavaria’s brilliant attention and their barrage of attacking talent.
Antonio Rudiger (No. 2) Centerback, Germany
Antonio Rudiger’s return from injury was intended to signal the Blues’ defensive misery. This has obviously not been the case as Chelsea continue to send goals at a devastating pace, which will be music to the ears of Munich’s menacing forward. On the plus side, Rudiger has found more comfort in a three, with less responsibility for directly marking the opposition.