Frank Lampard’s Chelsea will face the German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16 tie.
After the action-packed mid-week fixtures that were full of surprises and upsets, the knockout stage of the Champions League will return next Tuesday with some mouth-dropping fixtures. Just a few days before this crucial game, one of the staff members at the Stanford Bridge has joined Bayern permanently.
According to the reports, Florian Zahn – one of Chelsa’s oldest European scouts will now represent the Bundesliga giants at the Allianz Arena. He will be responsible for scouting young talents for the U17 and U16 sides representing Bayern Munich. Zahn was previously associated with the blues for more than a few years before making a move this January.
This move might affect Frank Lampard’s quest to build a young yet powerful squad at the Stanford Bridge. So far, Chelsea have been doing just fine without Zahn as they recently finalized a deal for the Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech. The Netherlands International will arrive at the club at the end of the season. Moreover, the blues have already started the pursuit to bring in Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
European rivalry set to be reignited as Chelsea face Bayern
The 2011-12 campaign was a remarkable one for Chelsea as they had a dream run in Europe. Facing Barcelona in the semi-finals, a late goal from Fernando Torres completed an act of successful revenge on the Catalonian side who had previously knocked Chelsea out in 2009 amidst the controversial decisions by the officiating team.
In the final, they faced Bayern at the Allianz Arena and took the game to extra time. Thanks to a missed penalty by Arjen Robben in the extra time, the game went on to shoot-outs. Peter Cech turned out to be a saviour for the Premier League side as the blue clinched their first champions league title.
Since then, the clash between these two European heavyweights has always been an intense one. Both sides are currently struggling with injury woes. The first leg of the tie will be played in north London, with the return leg scheduled for March in Munich.
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