Bayern are favorites and miles above Chelsea ahead of UCL clash

Lothar Matthaus has insisted that Bayern Munich are well ahead of Chelsea who no longer have the shine of the earlier days ahead of the first leg of their UCL round-of-16 clash at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Both sides go into the game off the back of victories in their domestic leagues.

Chelsea are not in the title race for the Premier League this term but have impressed in the Champions League, beating last year’s semi-finalists Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena and qualifying ahead of them into the knockout stages.

Regardless, Matthaus doesn’t think Frank Lampard’s side will be a match for Bayern who scored 24 goals and got 6 wins en route the round-of-16 stage.

“Bayern is the clear favourite. This is no longer the big Chelsea from the past with players like Michael Ballack, John Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba,” the former Bayern midfielder told German publication AZ.

“It is a very young team that has undergone a change. Therefore I assume that Bayern will reach the next round with two good performances. 

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“In terms of quality, Bayern is well ahead of Chelsea. In the Premier League, the Blues are only fourth, more than 30 points behind Liverpool. N’Golo Kante is also injured. 

“Overall, the team no longer has the shine of earlier days.”

Matthaus also added that the Bavarian giants can win the treble under interim boss Hans Flick: “Since Flick has been coach, Bayern have been quiet. This is comparable to the [Jupp] Heynckes period. The club and the entire environment have moved closer together. 

“This is transferred to the fans and the team. Hansi has a good feel for a team, he is great in human and communicative terms. 

“I think three titles are possible, but everything has to fit. It is important that Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman are in top shape to give the team more quality. 

“There are now options in the squad again, strong players can also come from the squad. Bayern 2013 treble-winning side also recognised this.”

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