It’s a few months later than expected, but Bayern Munich are finally set to conclude their Round of 16 tie against Chelsea. It’s been a while since we took a look at what the Blues were up to, so we caught up with David Pasztor of We Ain’t Got No History to answer a few questions about his team. Here they are:
1. Chelsea’s goalkeeper situation - what’s up with that?
Well, the situation appears to be that Kepa Arrizabalaga is ... how shall we put it ... not very good. Certainly not good enough for a team with aspirations of a Premier League title, let alone as the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of the game. He’s now had the ignominy of getting dropped twice in favor of the oldest player in the Premier League; the first time that lasted a month, and now it’s been several games, including probably this weekend.
Chelsea would undoubtedly love to undo the Kepa decision from two years ago, but that’s going to be a tough ask given the financials involved. That said, the Blues are being heavily linked with a few names at the position, including Ajax’s André Onana.
2. Christian Pulisic was playing so well prior to his injury, who will Chelsea look at to pick up the slack?
Pulisic has emerged as a bona fide star since the restart, and so we don’t really have a good replacement for him. Willian looks on his way to Arsenal already while Callum Hudson-Odoi has been unable to get back to the levels he was showing before the Achilles injury last year — though he’s probably our best hope for a game-changing performance.
3. Is there any scenario where you can see Chelsea walking out of the Allianz Arena with a victory?
I can see us winning, given Bayern’s longer break and the comfortable scoreline and Chelsea getting to play with the freedom of zero pressure, but it’s still an extremely remote possibility. I’m certainly not expecting anything other than a(nother) lopsided loss.
4. How excited are the supporters over the prospect of bringing in Timo Werner and possibly even Kai Havertz?
Chelsea’s level of intent and spending this summer is comparable to the heady early days of the Abramovich Era, so we’re pretty excited — both by the individual talents and just the situation overall. Werner and (probably? possibly? maybe?) Havertz are up there with some of the most exciting signings we’ve ever made.
5. With a hypothetical healthy squad + Werner, how would you rate Chelsea’s chances of overturning the deficit?
Pretty sure overturning a 3-0 deficit (especially from the home leg) is practically impossible.
Huge thanks to David for making this possible. If you’re a Chelsea fan, check out the reverse version of this Q&A over on WAGNH. Alternatively, if you’re after more Bayern Munich content, feel free to stick around. There’s enough room for everyone on Bavarian Football Works.