It wouldn't be an important Bayern Munich victory without at least one injury, now would it? This team is persistently followed and plagued by the injury gods, and the 4-1 win over Chelsea in the Champions League round of 16 second leg was no different.
While the extent of the injuries isn’t entirely clear at this point in time, both Jerome Boateng and Alphonso Davies sustained slight knocks during the match that caused them to come off. Boateng was subbed off while Davies’s injury occurred in stoppage time after Hansi Flick had already made all available five substitutions.
Boateng pulled up with an apparent knee problem after he landed awkwardly from a diving header back to Manuel Neuer as he was being closed down near Bayern’s box midway through the second half. He received treatment for a few minutes on the pitch before making his way to the sidelines to continue to be assessed by Bayern’s physios. He came back on to the pitch for a few minutes, but was eventually replaced by Niklas Sule in the 63rd minute. Speaking after the match, Flick said Boateng’s knock wasn’t anything serious, per the information he got from Bayern’s medical staff:
Flick gibt bei Boateng Entwarnung: „Ich denke, dass es bei Jérôme nicht ganz so schlimm ist. So ist die Information, die ich von der medizinischen Abteilung bekommen habe.“ #fcbayern @SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport— Tobi Altschäffl (@altobelli13) August 8, 2020
Davies pulled up with what looked like a case of cramp in stoppage time after making a run on the left flank. He received treatment on the sidelines from Bayern’s physios and did not return to the match as a precaution. There’s still no official word on Davies, so it’s assumed that it was just a cramp in his calf muscle. Respectfully, Willy Caballero helped him stretch out his leg when he had initially hit the deck near Chelsea’s box.
Flick also provided an update on Benjamin Pavard after the match. His future had been uncertain after he sustained an ankle ligament injury, but Flick did not entirely rule out the Frenchmen’s involvement in the tournament in Lisbon, Portugal. He referred to Pavard as “iron.”