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Bayern Munich backed to win the Champions League

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Bayern Munich have what it takes to go all the way and win the Champions League this season, says ex-Dortmund midfielder Paul Lambert.

A month after their DFB-Pokal success, Bayern Munich will return to competitive action on Saturday at the Allianz Arena for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Chelsea.

Hansi Flick’s side have only played one game since in a 1-0 friendly win over Marseille last week. However, they are strong favourites to progress to the quarter-finals.

This verdict comes following their 3-0 away victory over the Blues in London during the first leg, with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski on target.

Helping their case is the fact that Chelsea may be without Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro, N’Golo Kante, Billy Gilmour, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Willian for the return leg. Jorginho and Marcos Alonso, meanwhile, are suspended.

Although Lambert, who played for rivals Borussia Dortmund between 1996 and 1997, feels Bayern can do a lot better than a quarter-final spot in the competition.

He told Goal: “That was a proper performance at Stamford Bridge.

“I thought they were excellent. Bayern looked a class above Chelsea in every department. That’s not being disrespectful to Chelsea. I just thought the better side on the night were Bayern Munich.

“Alphonso Davies has been unbelievable at left-back. He is top class at covering the ground with great energy. He has a wonderful left foot when he gets in those dangerous positions as well.”

Another German side in RB Leipzig are also in the mix, having beaten last season’s finalists Tottenham in the last-16. Although Lambert’s money is on Bayern.

“I think Bayern have a real chance of winning it,” he continued.

“Leipzig are a really good side as well but maybe lacking experience. Leipzig were excellent against Tottenham. We will see how it goes. Bayern will be there or thereabouts.

“You have to be a really good side to knock Bayern out. I think there’s a genuine chance of them doing it this year.”

Should Bayern win a spot in the next round, Napoli or Barcelona will await them.