Champions League: How Chelsea could line up for Bayern Munich clash

Champions League: How Chelsea could line up for Bayern Munich clash

- Champions League football resumes this weekend

- Chelsea take on Bayern Munich in the second leg of their round of 16 encounter

- Frank Lampard is faced with a difficult task as most of his players are out injured

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Chelsea battle German League champions Bayern Munich this weekend for a chance to reach Champions League quarterfinals.

But they will have to overturn their 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their fixture before football went on suspension in March.

The game will also help boost their morale after last Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

However, Frank Lampard faces a huge task with nine of his key players are either injured or unfit for the crunch clash as reported by SunSport.

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Both Christian Pulisic and skipper Cesar Azpiliciueta suffered hamstring injuries during their 2-1 defeat to the Gunners at Wembley Stadium.

Champions League: How Chelsea could line up for Bayern Munich clash

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While former Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez is also out with a dislocated shoulder and was also not part of last weekend's clash.

N'Golo Kante was on the bench all through against the North Londoners and he is unlikely to be fit for the game against the Bavarians.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour are also not fi for the game while Marcos Alonso and Jorginho are both suspended.

Willian's future is unclear as the Brazilian is yet to agree to extend his reign at Stamford Bridge beyond this summer.

Lampard employed a 3-4-3 formation in their FA Cup win over Manchester United last month and they seem to be comfortable with it.

Antonio Rudiger, Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen are expected to form a solid rock in front of Willy Caballero since Cezar Azpilicueta is out.

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But if the Blues boss returns to playing four at the back, then Emerson and James would be fielded at full-back positions while Rudiger, Zouma, or Christensen drops out to make way for a centre-half pairing.

Caballero is expected to be given the nod ahead of struggling Kepa Arrizabalaga, while Mateo Kovacic will make a return to the team having being shown red against Arsenal.

Kovacic will be partnered by Ross Barkley and Kante could complete a three-man midfield for the encounter.

Callum Hudson-Odoi might be in the starting line up against the team that tried signing him last season.

Meanwhile, Mason Mount will likely start on the wing with little or no option available instead of his favoured central role while in-form Olivier Giroud is expected to lead the line. earlier reported that Willian's future at Chelsea is in serious doubt after the Brazilian forward reportedly shunned the club's new two-year offer.

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The 31-year-old was missing in action when the Blues squandered their healthy chance to lift silverware this campaign following their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.

Christian Pulisic's early strike ended a mere consolation for the Stamford Bridge outfit as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang found the net twice in the game.

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