Once again, Robert Lewandowski turned out to be Chelsea’s worst nightmare. While the rest of the attack was a mixed game, Lewandowski picked up where he left off. A right-footed penalty, a superb left-footed curling center and a header – the Polish shooter was involved in every Bayern goal tonight, as in the first leg. Lewandowski is averaging an astonishing 2.47 G + A (for 90) for Bayern in the Champions League and has scored in every game in the competition he’s been in this season. He was involved in Bayern’s 7 goals against Chelsea.
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Robert Lewandowski has scored in every Champions League game he’s played this season pic.twitter.com/7lZqI2qLtI
– B / R Football (@brfootball) August 8, 2020
A mixed game for Goretzka and Kimmich
One massive improvement Goretzka has made since restarting the Bundesliga is his positional discipline. Unlike the old days of “ThiaGoretzka”, Goretzka did not leave Thiago alone in the build-up. However, around 30-35 minutes into the game, Goretzka went into “ghost mode” and didn’t reappear in the game until after the 70th minute. In contrast, Thiago was seen all over the pitch, as he ‘stole’ the ball, moved it forward on the pitch and tackled crucial challenges in Bayern’s third defensive end. The midfielder buff hasn’t necessarily had a bad game, but with key player Kimmich missing from the midfield, Goretzka needs to stay in the game the entire time.
Speaking of Kimmich: Kimmich played as a replacement for Benjamin Pavard is supposed to play, but he was not at the level he previously performed as a right-back. While his lack of offensive quality is understandable, as he was playing right-back for the second time in eight months, it seemed like he struggled to get involved in the rest of the phases, usually the build phase. and the defensive phase of the match. His take on his role in midfield looks better at the moment, but if Pavard is indeed out for the remainder of the season, Kimmich should definitely rework his right-back game.
Bayern must beware of defensive failures
The team have sought to play conservatively at times after taking a comfortable 2-0 lead, but defensive fouls are still part of Bayern’s game. Apart from the first thirty minutes, during which Bayern were completely dominant, there were plenty of nervous moments in both halves where Chelsea were able to exploit Bayern’s defensive line.
Either the team play with the same intensity throughout the game or Flick has to come up with a strategy where Bayern can keep the ball and simply recycle it to give the players the necessary recovery time. With Barcelona, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid still competing, Flick’s men will face a much more difficult challenge than Chelsea in the coming rounds. The impact of an individual error or momentary failure will now be much more severe, and players will not have an additional 90 minutes to correct their mistakes. Still, Hansi Flick has enough expertise in knockout tournaments and will surely find a way to address these issues.