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We have to be careful: Serge Gnabry

It was a bad night for Chelsea, whose home form under Frank Lampard has been suspect all season

By Reuters in London
  • Published 27.02.20, 3:19 AM
  • Updated 27.02.20, 3:19 AM
  • a min read
Serge Gnabry celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16 football match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich in London on Tuesday (AP)

Two second-half goals in less than three minutes from Serge Gnabry and another from prolific Pole Robert Lewandowski earned Bayern Munich a thumping 3-0 victory at Chelsea in their Champions League last 16, first leg on Tuesday.

The German champions, clearly a class apart from their hosts, piled on the pressure from the start of the match and bossed Stamford Bridge with flair and 63 per cent possession.

“It was a really good result for us,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said. “The team performed exactly how we planned and we were very focused how we played.”

It was a bad night for Chelsea, whose home form under Frank Lampard has been suspect all season, and their misery was complete in the 83rd minute when wing back Marcos Alonso was sent off for violent conduct after he caught Lewandowski in the face with his arm.

For former Arsenal forward Gnabry they were the fifth and sixth goals in London in the Champions League this season after he scored four in Bayern’s 7-2 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in the group stages.

“I have a lot of friends here. A lot of them were in the stands and I think they were giving me good power,” Gnabry told BT Sport of his London goal streak. “Three goals should give us a lot of confidence. But we need to be prepared for the second leg and we can’t take it serious enough. We saw last season with Liverpool beating Barcelona, we know we have to be careful and focus.”

Tuesday’s win proved a measure of revenge for that unlikely Chelsea victory when Lampard captained the team in Munich.