The Champions League last-16 draw took place this morning, and Chelsea were back in the hat after coming second in a group they battled hard to get through. They were rewarded with a draw against German Champions Bayern Munich.
Of course, they were the team Chelsea beat in their own back yard to finally achieve European glory on that famous night in 2012. Fans instantly began to relay memories of the magical night, when Didier Drogba took his legendary status to a whole new level.
The Blues will not have been hoping for this outcome. Munich are an incredibly talented side and possess one of the world’s greatest no.9s in Robert Lewandowski. The game will certainly be a fascinating spectacle and one that fans of both sides will look forward to.
Finishing second in the group makes it almost inevitable that you will draw a top European team. However, RB Leipzig were one of the sides Chelsea could have drawn, but they will play London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the next round.
Bayern have not been at their best this season in the league and currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga. Some defensive frailties have derailed their domestic season, but they looked extremely strong in the group stages of the Champions League.
They won all six of their group games, scoring 24 goals in the process and conceding just five. This included a 7-2 win over fellow English side Tottenham. Chelsea will no doubt need to be at their best if they are to progress.
Here is some fans reactions on Twitter to the Champions League draw:
We are knocking out Bayern. Mark this tweet #UCLdraw
— BLUEBERRY💙 (@NenyeChelsea) December 16, 2019
We will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League Round of 16. Tough tie but considering the inconsistency of them, we have a great chance to progress. BRING IT ON…!!! COME ON CHELSEA…!!! 💙 @ChelseaFC @ChampionsLeague #Cfc #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/3kbDuDdb5Y
— Wajid Iqbal Ahmed (@Wajidbluecfc) December 16, 2019
Just came on to see Chelsea drew Bayern in the CL…
Honest, gut reaction…
Don’t hate it. Despite their talent, they haven’t been their best this season. I also hate them, so that I like. Now we just need to slip some laxatives into Lewandowski’s water bottle.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) December 16, 2019
First they said Chelsea won’t qualify for round of 16 we proved critics wrong now they think Bayern will eliminate us, Very funny 😁 #ChelseaBayern
— STEPHEN™ 🇬🇭 (@i_am_koranteng) December 16, 2019
The Return to the Allianz will be an exciting trip for sure. Bayern have some incredible players – Coutinho, Gnabry, Lewandowski.
Firmly the underdogs, but hey – that’s what we were in 2012. 😜#CFC
— Daniel Childs (@SonOfChelsea) December 16, 2019
Bayern’s defence isn’t very good, we also have a better midfield than them, Gnabry is decent but nothing special. We just have to stop Lewandowski and Coutinho and not let Thiago get time on the ball. 50/50 tie imo.
— JF5 (@ChelseaJF5) December 16, 2019