Bayern Munich have one foot in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after overwhelming 2018/19 UEFA Europa League champions Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern hammered Chelsea in London in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to maintain a 100% record in their 2019/20 European campaign.
Indeed, reigning Bundesliga champions finished top of Group B as the only side to wrap up all 18 points during the group stage.
What’s more, Bayern’s tally of 24 goals scored across six group-stage victories was just one short of Paris Saint-Germain’s competition record that stands at 25.
The ‘Bavarians’ also boast a solid Round-of-16 record of W11, L4, although last season’s elimination to Liverpool brought their run of seven last-16 triumphs to a halt.
A loss to eventual champions also marked Bayern’s first two-legged failure versus English opponents after five consecutive successes.
Despite winning four successive European clashes against the Premier League visitors prior to a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Bayern have suffered three losses in their previous five home encounters in the Champions League knockout stages.
Yet, Hansi Flick can remain calm to know the German giants have qualified for the next knockout round in all but one of the 25 UEFA ties in which they won the first leg away from home.
Chelsea head to Bavaria on a run of ten away matches in UEFA competitions without a loss (W7, D3) but are winless in seven trips in the Champions League knockout stages (D4, L3).
Additionally, the ‘Blues’ have not won a single of their last nine outings in the competition’s knockout rounds (D4, L5) and have lost both of their previous UEFA ties in which they were defeated at home in the first leg.
A few months ago, Chelsea fighting their way back into this tie would seem like science fiction, but Frank Lampard’s men have shown many encouraging signs post-lockdown.
The English manager can take some confidence from the fact that the London side have won all three of their previous two-legged ties against German opponents.
Also, Chelsea have avoided defeat in four straight trips to Germany (W2, D2), although all three of their previous appearances in the Champions League round of 16 have resulted in a failure.
It would be a comeback of epic proportion should Chelsea manage to perform a miracle at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night.
However, Bet365 believe in no wonders, as they place the visitors at 50/1 to make it through to the quarter-finals.