England’s capital has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Germany’s biggest football club in recent years, Bayern Munich producing their latest emphatic display to dismantle Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge this week.
The Bundesliga champions produced a footballing masterclass on their latest visit to these shores, dominating Frank Lampard’s side during an impressive first leg performance to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Following the Munich side’s latest London success, we’ve decided to revisit some of the club’s most memorable victories of years gone by, here are five times Bayern Munich secured famous wins in London:
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich (Champions League last-16 first leg, 19/02/2013)
Bayern would be drawn to face Arsenal in the first knock-out stage seven years ago, looking to progress to a second successive Champions League final after their agonising defeat to Chelsea in Munich in 2012.
The German giants were widely recognised amongst the finest sides on the continent, and the Gunners struggled to live with a devastating first-half display as early goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mulller put the visiting Bavarians firmly in control at the Emirates.
Lukas Podolski would pull one back for the Gunners against his former side, though it would prove little more than a consolation as Mario Mandzukic restored Bayern’s two-goal advantage to seal a memorable victory.
Bayern would progress to the quarter-finals despite a second leg defeat, Jupp Heyncke’s treble-chasing side eventually advancing all the way to the competition’s final at Wembley.
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich (Champions League final, 25/05/2013)
Having progressed past Arsenal in the last-16, Bayern would head towards a second successive Champions League final after dispatching of both Juventus and Barcelona in stunning style.
The Munich side’s reward would be a meeting with Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund in the first ever all-German final at Wembley, the two sides having competed fiercely for major honours over the previous two seasons.
In a tightly-contested final it would be Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side who would dominate the opening exchanges, but despite having the better opportunities would be unable to find a way past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.
Following a goalless first half it would be Bayern who would strike first, Mario Mandzukic turning home from close range following a cross from Arjen Robben. Their lead would last just eight minutes, however, Dante fouling Marco Reus in the penalty area, allowing Ilkay Gundogan to level for Dortmund from the resulting spot-kick.
With the game headed towards extra-time Bayern would seal victory in dramatic fashion, Robben exorcising his demons of a missed penalty in the previous year’s final to score a late winner, bursting into the penalty area before rolling home with just a minute remaining.
Bayern were champions of Europe for a fifth time, completing a historic treble in the process.
Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich (Champions League last-16 second leg, 07/03/2017)
Bayern would face Arsenal for the fourth time in five Champions League seasons having been drawn together in the knock-out stages in 2017, and it would be the German side who would get the better of their Premier League opponents once more in a humiliating two-legged last-16 tie.
The tie was all but over following after Bayern had thrashed the north London side 5-1 in Munich three weeks’ earlier, though any suggestion that the Bundesliga champions would show complacency at the Emirates were swiftly erased following a devastating second half display of attacking football.
Theo Walcott would give the hosts a 1-0 half-time lead, but Laurent Koscielny’s red card for bringing down Robert Lewandowski in the penalty area shifted the momentum in Bayern’s favour.
The Polish forward would equalise from the spot, before Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal would capitulate in embarrassing fashion. Further goals from Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and an Arturo Vidal brace condemned the Gunners to a 10-2 aggregate defeat, sealing their exit at the last-16 stage for a seventh successive season.
Tottenham 2-7 Bayern Munich (Champions League group stage, 01/10/2019)
Bayern’s visit to Chelsea was their second to London this season, having secured one of the most memorable results in recent Champions League memory away at city rivals Tottenham earlier in the campaign.
The German champions bounced back from Son Heung-Min’s opener to dismantle last season’s finalists in north London, former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry running riot upon his return to England, joining an exclusive list of players to score four times in a single Champions League fixture.
Robert Lewandowski would also score a brace in addition to Joshua Kimmich’s initial equaliser for Bayern, Harry Kane’s penalty proving irrelevant as the Bundesliga giants scored seven times – the first time in Tottenham’s 137-year history that they have conceded seven in a home fixture.
It was a ruthless display of clinical finishing from Bayern, a stark reminder of why the five-time champions are perennially considered contenders for European football’s biggest prize.
Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich (Champions League last-16 first leg, 25/02/2020)
Last night’s comfortable victory at Chelsea added another chapter to Bayern’s successes in London, BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand labelling the performance as an ‘absolute education‘ for Frank Lampard’s developing side.
Chelsea simply couldn’t live with Bayern on a humbling evening in west London, the visitors dominating proceedings at Stamford Bridge to score three times without reply.
Serge Gnabry was once again the star as he scored twice to take his tally to six goals in two visits to London this season, before Robert Lewandowski continued his prolific record in European competition to seal victory.
Bayern now have one foot in the quarter-finals following their latest display of attacking excellence and control, and few teams will fancy facing Hans-Dieter Flick’s side as we approach the latter stages.