Bayern Munich swept Chelsea aside with ease as two quick-fire goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski's long-awaited strike gave the Germans a commanding 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge.
The visitors started the game on a strong note, but Frank Lampard's men were quick to fight back in the last 15 minutes of the first half. However, soon after the break, Gnabry was first to draw blood with two brilliant strikes in three minutes, and 10 minutes later, Bayern's leading scorer got his name on the scoresheet, too.
Marco Alonso was sent off for the hosts with 14 minutes remaining on the clock, and Lampard no doubt will be well aware of the mountain his team will have to climb in the return leg at the Allianz Arena next month.
Here are the three things we learned as Bayern thumped Chelsea to a 3-0 win in the Champions League.
3. Gnabry loves scoring in London
Serge Gnabry now has six goals in the Champions League this season. Only Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski have bagged more, and curiously, all of Gnabry's have come in two games in London. In two trips to the English capital this season, the former Arsenal youngster has taken his scoring tally to six against two of the Gunner’s old rivals, Chelsea and Tottenham.
A lot of credit for his goals goes to solid link-up play by Lewandowski who set up both goals, coming just three minutes and 22 seconds apart. However, he isn’t deserving of sole praise either. Alphonso Davies was absolutely outstanding, and it was his pace troubled Chelsea all night, none more so than for the third goal when his acceleration left the Blues for dead.
Lest we forget, Thomas Muller, who seems to have found new life under interim manager, Hansi Flick. Muller seems to have a spring back in his step and was a problem throughout for Chelsea's defence, despite them operating with three centre-halves.
2. Pressure mounts on Lampard
There's no doubt that Frank Lampard has his work cut out for him. Traveling to the Allianz Arena with the hope of scoring three goals, maybe more, is a daunting task for most teams. Bayern were the better team last night, but Chelsea had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net, but weren't able to convert their chances.
Within 10 minutes of the second half starting, this tie was effectively over after Gnabry's double. Both times, there was far too much space for Gnabry and Lewandowski to attack and into which do damage.
Lampard, no doubt, will be aware of the threat Tottenham and Manchester United pose in the Premier League, and if he is to make sure Chelsea have a place in Europe next season, top four or qualification to the next round of the Champions League is a must.
Jorginho's silly yellow card rules him out of the return leg and Alonso's red did some damage, too. On a night Willy Caballero's performance is little to be pleased about for the Blues, this was at least something positive.
1. Can Bayern go all the way?
It is impossible to see a path to the quarter-final for Chelsea from here. Bayern had the better of the chances and you felt they were always a threat when bursting forward, particularly on the break at pace. Chelsea did have moments of danger but given the chances missed by Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, and Thomas Müller in the first half alone, you knew they were living dangerously.
Bayern are strong candidates to win the Champions League this season and the German champions showed why with a dismantling of the Blues that could even have been more embarrassing for the former England midfielder. For the past six years domestic dominance has mattered little when it has come to the crunch in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but the Bundesliga giants look well-equipped to end that drought.