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The correlation of forces before the match Chelsea vs Bayern
The Bayern match to Chelsea at 03:00 on February 26 tonight marks the return of two stars to England, Serge Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho. These two players back will be in a different state.
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Serge Gnabry is a former Arsenal player and once rocked Tottenham’s fortress in the group stage, he is clearly excited for this return trip. Referring to Gnabry before the group stage of this season’s Champions League, people only pay attention to the fact that he used to play for 6 years in England, in an Arsenal shirt, and briefly played for West Brom on loan.
But after Gnabry scored 4 goals and had 1 assist in Bayern’s 7-2 destructive victory over Tottenham in the group stage on October 2 last year, Gnabry’s image was different. The 24-year-old striker is no longer a naive young player when he played for Arsenal. He is a star, shining in the starry sky of Bayern.
It was a match that surprised Arsenal fans in particular and English fans in general. Gnabry’s performance heralded the arrival of a new superstar. But it can also be seen as the beginning of a talent in maturity. This season, the 24-year-old has scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga, 4 in the Champions League, 1 in the National Cup and contributed 10 assists in all competitions. He is Bayern’s number two striker (after Lewandowski), and also the number two assister (after Thomas Mueller).
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Before the trip to Chelsea tonight, Gnaby excitedly said: “I used to play here and really like the atmosphere of Stamford Bridge. I always feel excited when I return to London.”
London is a good memory for Gnabry. He was brought in by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at the age of 16, and Wenger himself built the first brick for this player’s professional career. He made Gnabry play his first game for Arsenal’s first team, beat Coventry 6-1 in the League Cup, then made his Premier League debut at the age of 17 years and 98 days. After Wilshere, Gnabry is the second youngest player to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s history.
Arsenal people still regret letting Gnabry go. The decision to let Gnabry go to West Brom on loan for the 2015/16 season kicked off the breakup. Gnabry said that Arsenal did not need him, so they pushed him like that.
The second person to return to England tonight is a more mundane name: Philippe Coutinho. But unlike Gnabry, the former Liverpool midfielder is now less talked about. It is likely that he will have to return to the Bayern bench after starting in the 3-2 victory over Paderborn over the weekend.
It is not clear if Coutinho will be launched by coach Hansi Flick on the pitch at Stamford Bridge tonight and if so, how many minutes he will play. Just know that the Brazilian star needs to take advantage of every minute of the pitch to prove himself. Coutinho wasted his time, like 63 minutes against Paderborn recently.
Playing behind striker Lewandowski, but Gnabry had 1 goal and 2 assists against Paderborn. In contrast, Coutinho is just a round zero except for a few dribbles but going nowhere.
Coutinho once stormed in the Liverpool shirt. He made Barca spend more than 100 million euros to bring to the Nou Camp. But at Barca, Coutinho was no longer himself and was disgraced, so he had to go to Bayern on loan.
Coming to Bayern, Coutinho continued to fail to assert a firm foothold in the starting line-up. Compared to other Bayern players, Coutinho has the advantage of experience against Chelsea.
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So far, he has had a total of 12 matches against the Stamford Bridge team. Only Tottenham (14 games) is the team that Coutinho has faced more matches than Chelsea. Hopefully with that experience, the Brazilian midfielder will help Bayern tonight, of course, if coach Hansi Flick trusts him to play.
Predicted line-ups for Chelsea vs Bayern
+ Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Willian, Mount; Abraham
+ Bayern Munich: Neuer; Kimmich, Alaba, Hernandez; Odriozola, Tolisso, Thiago, Davies; Coutinho, Gnabry; Lewandowski
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