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Chelsea vs Bayern Munich preview, press conference info, pre-match show and banner display details, team news and how to watch

Everything you need to know about our return to Champions League football, including details of a special pre-match show and banner display at the Bridge...

After over two months when the focus has been on domestic matters, European football is back as Bayern Munich visit for the first leg of our last-16 tie. 

When and where

The match takes place at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 25 February. Kick-off is 8pm UK time. 

Pre-Match show

Ahead of this big game the club has worked closely with fans to create a pre-match show befitting of the occasion.

Fireworks will be fired from the top of the East and West Stands before the teams walk out, and those supporters in the Matthew Harding Stand will participate in a mosaic and banner display. It plays on Bayern's 2012 'Our city, our stadium, our cup' banner, when Chelsea famously won the Champions League in Munich.

In light of this we are encouraging fans to arrive early and take their seats 20 minutes before kick-off so they can enjoy the show. 

Press conference info

Frank Lampard will be speaking to the local and foreign media at Stamford Bridge on Monday evening from approximately 6.30pm. There will be full coverage on this website, the 5th Stand app and our official @chelseafc Twitter. Here’s a look at the topics that could be up for discussion…

Tottenham recovery

It will have been a little over 48 hours since the full-time whistle blew at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and how his players have recovered since that intense London derby could be asked of the boss. 

He will also provide injury updates, with a number of players having been unavailable for the Tottenham game. 

Big European test

We welcome the German champions and five-time European Cup winners Bayern Munich to Stamford Bridge for what promises to be the biggest test of some of our young player's careers. Lampard spoke in the wake of the draw back in December about how this tie can help his players' development, and he could expand on that thinking today. For many it will be their first taste of knockout Champions League football. 

Munich memories

Bayern Munich were of course the opposition for the best night of Frank Lampard's career, when we won the 2012 Champions League. He well may be asked for his memories of that evening and perhaps our last two-legged tie against the German side, back in 2004/05, when he scored one of his very best Chelsea goals. 

Striker selection

Olivier Giroud marked his first start since November with a well-taken goal and an accomplished striker's performance against Tottenham. With Tammy Abraham replacing him off the bench after injury, Lampard has a decision to make in attack.

Latest Chelsea team news

N'Golo Kante will miss out with Lampard reporting prior to Spurs his injury will likely last three weeks. 

Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also likely absentees, while Pedro was another winger who missed the Tottenham game through injury. On the bench that day were Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek who are available for selection again. 


Latest Bayern Munich team news

Niklas Sule is out with a knee injury, while Ivan Perisic will miss out with an ankle problem. 

Javi Martinez is back in training after missing six games due to a torn muscle. 
 

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich head to head record

The four previous matches in all competitions between Chelsea and Bayern Munich have produced 17 goals, an average of 4.25 per game.

Bayern and Chelsea first met in the 2004/05 Champions League quarter-finals, Jose Mourinho's Blues prevailing 6- 5 on aggregate against Felix Magath's Bayern. Chelsea won the first leg 4-2 at home, Frank Lampard scoring twice with Didier Drogba also on target. Lampard and Drogba struck again in the second leg as Bayern won 3-2 on the night but went out on aggregate.

Our most recent meeting was in the Super Cup in 2013 when Bayern won on penalties after extra-time with Pep Guardiola in charge.

Of the 22 players who stared the 2012 Champions League final, just three remain – all for Bayern Munich - Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller.

How to Watch?

The match will be shown live by BT Sport in the UK and highlights will be available on the 5th Stand app and this website from midnight after the game. 
 

How to Listen live?

Chelsea TV will be providing live audio commentary on the The 5fth Stand and this website, and there will also be live text commentary on those platforms.

Matchday Live: Chelsea vs Tottenham will also be available exclusively on the app, with a mix of live reaction to the team news and the match action, plus analysis and debate throughout the evening.

Who is the referee and who is in charge of VAR?

The referee is Clement Turpin from France. 

The VAR is Francois Letexier, also from France.

 

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