Bayern Munich have been the superior team so far as the half ended goalless in the Champions League first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have had their fair share of moments and Lampard will be delighted that they’ve kept a clean sheet in the first half, with Wilfredo Caballero keeping red-hot keeping Lewandowski at bay.
With Lewandowski not allowed a breathing space, Müller pulled the strings, hitting the crossbar for the Bundesliga giants. It has been a fairly uncomfortable half for the Blues. He has hit the bar, and Caballero has been forced into quite a bit of work.
Chelsea, despite seeing less of the ball, have had arguably the better opportunities, with Thiago bringing down Barkley, who was threatening to break. The Blues will be pleased to go in goalless.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has identified the absence of the Lewandowski-like killer instinct in the London team.
The Blues are set to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie scheduled for Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea do not have a player like Robert Lewandowski who can make the difference in front of goal, according to Antonio Rudiger, who admires the Bayern Munich forward for his insatiable hunger to score week in, week out, report Goal.
The Blues have relied heavily this season on the talents of 22-year-old frontman Tammy Abraham, who returned to the club last summer after a successful loan spell at Aston Villa.
Abraham has hit 15 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions, but has only just returned to action following an injury lay-off.
Frank Lampard only has Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud to call upon in reserve, with the former struggling to live up to expectations and the latter set to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.
Rudiger is also likely to be involved, but he has been quick to point out the Blues’ failings in the final third ahead of the clash, while talking up the talents of Lewandowski.
The Polish star has scored 10 goals in five Champions League outings this term, while also finding the net on 25 occasions in the Bundesliga.
“We sometimes miss the killer instinct that Lewandowski has, for example,” Rudiger told SID .
“Just the greed for more, this greed in front of the goal. Lewandowski is 31 years old and is still hungry for goals.”
Rudiger went on to express his belief that Chelsea need to work on their ability to take advantage of teams on the break, insisting standards have dropped at the Bridge in recent months.
“We have weakened recently with opposing standards and counterattacks, we have to work on that,” Rudiger added.
The Blues head into their meeting with Bayern fresh from a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at home to Tottenham on Saturday.
Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte confirmed “we will evaluate postponing all next week’s matches” due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
According to Football Italia, the rapid spread of cases diagnosed in northern Italy has seen several regions essentially go on lockdown, shutting all sporting events, public spaces and schools until midnight on March 1.
There were four Serie A matches postponed on Sunday, Inter-Sampdoria, Atalanta-Sassuolo, Verona-Cagliari and Torino-Parma.
PM Conte was on RAI television this evening and asked if the next round of Serie A fixtures could be called off entirely.
“I don’t think that in just one week we’d be able to slow down the contagion so much that we could resume sporting events,” was the reply.
“We are constantly monitoring the situation and will evaluate. We’ll see the evolution of the contagion and evaluate postponing all next week’s matches.”
This would not only include Serie A, but also Serie B, Serie C, the amateur leagues and potentially the Europa League too, as Inter are due to host Ludogorets at San Siro on Thursday.
It is increasingly likely that game will now be played behind closed doors.