Chelsea and Bayern Munich both secured their places in the Champions League quarter finals thanks to second leg victories over Atletico Madrid and Lazio.

Chelsea headed into their fixture with a slender 1-0 lead to protect following Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick in their terrific first leg victory over the current La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

Despite the high stakes and the fragility of their one goal advantage, Chelsea supporters were completely chill about everything in the build up.

our emotional stability depends on you @chelseafc please make us through to the quarter finals.

— SARA (@sarajbz) March 17, 2021

Dear Chelsea,

I don’t possess the vocabulary to describe how depressed this fanbase will be for the next 2 weeks if we don’t go through tonight. We take a broken plastic fork into battle vs a full strength Atleti Army.

When you play, have our mental health in mind.

Don’t Lose!

— MAH (@matissearmani) March 17, 2021

Dear Chelsea…#CHEATM

— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) March 17, 2021

My mood for the next 2 weeks depends on you tonight @ChelseaFC, no pressure…

— Mod (@CFCMod_) March 17, 2021

If Blues fans were on edge before kick off, Cesar Azpilicueta almost sent them spiralling in the early stages of the first half as he appeared to pull back Yannick Carrasco in the box. However, Atletico protests were waved away and VAR didn’t bother to intervene.

And would you believe it, by half time, Peter Walton was trending.

Azpilicueta very lucky that VAR doesn’t make any sense #CFC

— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) March 17, 2021

Peter Walton has the overpowering demeanour and purpose of a beleaguered government minister trying to justify the latest political shambles.

— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) March 17, 2021

Fortunately, Chelsea eased supporters’ nerves just after the half hour mark, as their trio of summer signings combined to give them the lead. Kai Havertz fed Timo Werner who teed up Hakim Ziyech, and the former Ajax man turned home from close range to complete a flowing counter attacking move.

A CHELSEA COUNTER ATTACK GOAL FROM OUR THREE NEW SIGNINGS!?! I can’t believe what I’m seeing, but my word is it good. ? #CHEATM

— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) March 17, 2021

Tremendous work from Werner. Gets the assist but he was the one who sprinted over to block the Trippier cross to start it all

— Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) March 17, 2021

Havertz to Werner to Ziyech is the most “imagined goal on a whatsapp chat during the close season” I’ve seen for ages

— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) March 17, 2021

17 – Timo Werner (10 goals, 7 assists) has been directly involved in more goals in all competitions this season than any other player for @ChelseaFC. Radar. #CHEATM

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2021

While Chelsea were impressing, Atletico underwhelmed – and this was typified by Luis Suarez, who was replaced before the hour mark having hardly had a sniff.

Luis Suárez’s game by numbers vs. Chelsea [59 minutes]:

19 total touches

9 attempted passes

6 successful passes

0 successful take-ons

0 chances created

0 shots on target

Another underwhelming #UCL performance. ?

— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) March 17, 2021

And things went from bad to worse for Atletico when Stefan Savic was sent off for a crafty elbow to the chest of Antonio Rudiger. The Chelsea centre back had been solid as a rock all evening, and then suddenly crumpled like a cheap suit.

Enter Peter Walton.

Rüdiger will be teaching the graduate level Dark Arts courses at Cobham this summer.

— London Is Blue Podcast are Emma Hayes Stans (@LondonBluePod) March 17, 2021

— 90min (@90min_Football) March 17, 2021

With the player advantage, the Blues netted a second on the stroke of full time, Emerson this time the man on the end of a swift counter attacking move to confirm Chelsea’s spot in the Champions League quarter finals.


— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) March 17, 2021

While Chelsea versus Atletico was tantalisingly poised ahead of kick off, Bayern Munich’s progress to the quarter finals appeared to be more of a formality, having recorded a thumping 4-1 win over Lazio in the first leg.

Anything’s possible though, right?

156 – @FCBayernEN‘s StartingXI have scored a combined 161 goals in the @ChampionsLeague, 156 more than Lazio’s starting players (five), who would need to score at least four goals in Munich to progress to the next round. Difference. #FCBLAZ #UCL

— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 17, 2021

Lazio needed to hang on in there, not do anything daft and not give the most lethal striker in world football a sniff of goal if they were to pull off a miraculous comeback. Unfortunately, no one told Francesco Acerbi, who opted to haul down Leon Goretzka in the box just after the half mark. From the resulting spot kick, Robert Lewandowski extended Bayern’s aggregate lead.

— 90min (@90min_Football) March 17, 2021

25 – Since the start of last season, Robert Lewandowski has been directly involved in more Champions League goals than any other player (20 goals and five assists). Master. #FCBLAZ

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 17, 2021

? Robert Lewandowski has scored 5 goals or more in 9 successive seasons in the Champions League ⚽️#UCL

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 17, 2021

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled Bayern’s lead in the second half with a deft finish just three minutes after entering the fray.


— ??? FC Bayern ??? (@FCBayern) March 17, 2021

Although Marco Parolo pulled one back for the visitors in the 82nd minute, they hadn’t left themselves quite enough time to overhaul the four-goal deficit, and defending champions Bayern joined Chelsea in the quarter finals.

— ???FC Bayern English??? (@FCBayernEN) March 17, 2021

Twitter reacts as Chelsea & Bayern Munich book their Champions League quarter final spots
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