Chelsea have a massive mountain to climb in their Champions League round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich.
3-0 down from the first-leg, the Blues travel to the Allianz Arena on March 18 hoping to pull off a mini miracle and score at least four goals to reach the quarter-final.
Bayern have been handed a major injury blow ahead of the second leg as leading scorer Robert Lewandowski – who netted at Stamford Bridge – is out of the game through injury.
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“Robert Lewandowski broke the tibia in his left knee joint during yesterday’s 3-0 victory at Chelsea,” a club statement reads. “This is the result of an examination carried out by Bayern medic Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt upon the team’s return from London on Wednesday.
“After 10 days of immobilisation in a cast, he will start rehab. The striker will be out for four weeks.”
This has prompted questions about how the current Bundesliga leaders will line up without Lewandowski with the Chelsea return leg in mind.
In the two games since the Poland international’s injury Munich coach Hansi Flick has used youngster Joshua Zirkzee and Thomas Muller as his lone centre-forward.
Zirkee scored in the 6-0 win over Hoffenheim and was heavily praised by Flick afterwards.
“Things worked really well in the Chelsea game, so I wanted to change things as little as possible in the team,” Flick explained . “By doing that, the understanding [between the players] and automations are still there.
“Joshua’s trained well and he’s showed in training that he’s got good quality and is a good finisher. He can hold the ball up well and has the physicality to do so, which is important when things are tight up top.
“So that was our thinking, to make a like-for-like replacement [for Lewandowski]. It was good.”
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