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PLAYER REVIEWS: Gnabry came alive after the slip of Azpilicueta, but Alonso misery was covered by a red card

PLAYER REVIEWS: Serge Gnabry came alive after the slip of Cesar Azpilicueta and the misery of Marcos Alonso was capped with a red card for beating Robert Lewandowski

  • Rudiger (5) and Christensen (5) were made bamboo by the Bayern movement
  • Red card for hitting Lewandowski covered a miserable evening for Alonso (4.5)
  • Forward Gnabry (8) combined brilliantly with Lewandowski (7.5) for Bayern
  • Mount (6.5) was the biggest threat to Chelsea, but was excused by Neuer

Serge Gnabry fired two goals in four minutes to give Chelsea a Champions League mountain to climb when Bayern Munich struck the 10-man Blues 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Former Arsenal Younger Gnabry and Arch Finisher Robert Lewandowski punished Chelsea twice with deadly one-two combinations to achieve an extensive win in West London.

Daniel Matthews of Sportsmail judged the players on Tuesday evening.

Midfielder Mason Mount was the biggest threat to Chelsea, but he was denied in both halves

Midfielder Mason Mount was the biggest threat to Chelsea, but he was denied in both halves

CHELSEA (5-4-1)

Willy Caballero – 6.5

Helpless to prevent both goals. A few crucial rescues made it worse for Chelsea.

Reece James – 6

With his flat back five from Lampard, he couldn’t move forward enough, but still looked home on the big stage.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

Unlucky slip gifted Gnabry chance to make opening goal and then beaten in the air for their second.

Andreas Christensen – 5

Too often bypassed when Bayern cut Chelsea’s defense into two halves.

Antonio Rudiger (above) and Andreas Christensen were bamboo by the Bayern movement

Antonio Rudiger (above) and Andreas Christensen were bamboo by the Bayern movement

Antonio Rudiger (above) and Andreas Christensen were bamboo by the Bayern movement

Antonio Rudiger – 5

Just like Christensen, too easily seduced by Bayern’s smart movement and quick thinking.

Alonso – 4.5

Red card for beating Lewandowski covered miserable evening. Fastened all night.

Mason Mount – 6.5

Chelsea’s most creative and dangerous player. Came in both halves but could not take either chance.

Mateo Kovacic – 6

Prepare as always with and without the ball but lost the midfield battle on home soil.

Red card for beating Robert Lewandowski covered a miserable evening for Marcos Alonso

Red card for beating Robert Lewandowski covered a miserable evening for Marcos Alonso

Red card for beating Robert Lewandowski covered a miserable evening for Marcos Alonso

Jorginho – 5

Having trouble keeping Muller between the lines and missing the second part after unnecessary booking.

Ross Barkley – 5.5

Rejected by smart Neuer, but the game mainly passed the English international.

Olivier Giroud – 6

The ball held tight and linked play well despite the fact that he had to remove leftovers most of the night.

SUBS: Abraham 5.5, Willian 6, Pedro 6

MANAGER: Frank Lampard 5

His 5-4-1 lineup struggled to hold Bayern and left them too short on the field. His side could not move forward enough, but their defensive stance could not prevent Bayern from cutting them open.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an excellent double save to deny Mount and Barkley

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an excellent double save to deny Mount and Barkley

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer produced an excellent double save to deny Mount and Barkley

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1)

Manuel Neuer – 6

A loose kick almost gifted Mount an opener before brilliant double save denied both Mount and Barkley.

Benjamin Pavard – 6.5

Rarely tested by Barkley and was a constant outlet while the visitors pushed Chelsea back.

Jerome Boateng – 6

Came second best in physical exchanges with Giroud but didn’t get enough to do from Chelsea’s perspective.

David Alaba – 6.5

Stylish performance at the back, but much easier to look good when you dominate the ball.

Bayern forward Serge Gnabry came alive after Cesar Azpilicueta slip with a quickfire double

Bayern forward Serge Gnabry came alive after Cesar Azpilicueta slip with a quickfire double

Bayern forward Serge Gnabry came alive after Cesar Azpilicueta slip with a quickfire double

Alphonso Davies – 6.5

Keeping busy due to the cleverness of Mount and willing running but also a good threat in the future.

Joshua Kimmich – 6.5

Helped Bayern to control midfield with unselfish and uncomplicated pass games.

Thiago Alcantara – 6.5

Influential on both ends – perfectly weighted pass to prepare Lewandowski for an early chance.

Kingsley Coman – 6

Wasted a glorious early opportunity after it was implemented and faded as the game progressed.

Robert Lewandowski brilliantly connected with Serge Gnabry while Bayern surpassed the home team

Robert Lewandowski brilliantly connected with Serge Gnabry while Bayern surpassed the home team

Robert Lewandowski brilliantly connected with Serge Gnabry while Bayern surpassed the home team

Thomas Muller – 7.5

Beautiful display. Always in the space behind the midfield of Chelsea. Should have scored the first half of the header.

Serge Gnabry – 8

Quiet early but came alive after the fall of Azpilicueta to score two crucial out goals. Both well done.

Robert Lewandowski – 7.5

Missed a few decent chances, but a brilliant link-up game created Bayern’s goals. Class.

SUBS: Coutinho 6.5, Tolisso 6, Goretzka 6

MANAGER: Hans-Dieter Flick 7

His side was bolder than their hosts and was well rewarded. They dominated the ball and could have had more than two, but for a wasteful finish. Chelsea couldn’t find a way to deal with the movement on his part.

REFEREE: Clement Turpin 6.5

The big decision was right and Alonso steered after consulting with his pitchside monitor.


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