Bayern Munich’s hunt for the treble

Bayern Munich wrapped up the domestic double with a 4-2 victory over Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday to lift the DFB Pokal, and now have a month left to prepare for their third trophy this season: The Champions League.

The 2019-20 Bundesliga champions already have one leg into the quarter-finals, having beaten Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie all the way back in February.

Chelsea will have only finished their English Premier League season two weeks before the second leg, so Frank Lampard’s side will be closer to full match fitness, though with less time for any players to recover from injuries. Though they have a nearly impossible task of turning the deficit around against the efficient Bavarians anyway. The match is scheduled for either 7/8 August.

The remaining matches of this season’s Champions League will take place in the Portuguese capital, at Benfica and Sporting Club of Lisbon’s stadium; the Estádio da Luz and Estádio José Alvalade respectively.

After all eight teams have qualified for the quarter-finals, the remainder of competition will take place in a  single-leg format between 12-23 August, tentatively behind closed doors, but fans could potentially be allowed in depending what the situation is like come the time.

Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites at 16/5, but Barcelona’s inconsistency and lackluster performances in Spain since the restart have seen Bayern Munich move into 13/4 second favourites, odds per betting online India. The La Liga side are now back at 7/1 third favourites, followed by Paris Saint-Germain at 10/1.

With France cancelling their season back in March, PSG could be at a real disadvantage with a lack of competitive action for over four months by the time the tournament resumes.

A maximum of five substitutions will be allowed, which was beneficial to Hansi Flick’s side, whom finished the 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign last month with the same rule. It allowed more game time to players, particularly to blood youngsters such as Joshua Zirkzee, Mickaël Cuisance, Kwasi Okyere Wriedt, Sarpreet Singh, Leon Dajaku, Oliver Batista Meier, Chris Richards and Jamal Musiala.

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