- Champions League
- Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich
- Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020
- 3 p.m. ET
- Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Chelsea has arrived in Germany prior to their Champions League round-16 second league against Bayern Munich, with Willian the famous absentee in a vacant squad ready to Frank Lampard.
The Brazilian, who is on the terminus of joining London rivals Arsenal, continues to be sidelined after missing Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to the Gunners just six days ago.
Subsequently, Lampard will be without the attacking duo of Christian Pulisic and Pedro alongside club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who is also not around
Azpilicueta and Pulisic both injured during the match against Arsenal, while Pedro suffered a presumed dislocated shoulder. All three were assessed before the trip but were deemed unable to play.
Furthermore, neither Jorginho nor Marcos Alonso is also available due to their individual suspensions The good news for Chelsea is that N’Golo Kante has traveled to Munich after training at their Cobham base this morning, meaning he might be playing today. The Frenchman was an unused substitute in the FA Cup final defeat.
With a limited squad at his disposal, Lampard faces an uphill battle having lost the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge now over five months ago. The match will likely bring an end to a largely successful first season charge for Lampard, who has been nominated for Premier League Manager of the Year.