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7 facts on the last 16 first leg against Chelsea

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Expert knowledge: On Tuesday evening Bayern play Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League. Here are seven interesting facts and figures to help you prepare for the clash at Stamford Bridge in London.

1. Bayern a permanent visitor to the last sixteen

With 18 points and a goal difference of +19, FC Bayern made the last 16 with the best group stage return in Champions League history this season, finishing the group first for the 16th time - only Barcelona have achieved this feat more times, finishing top 21 times. This was the twelfth time in a row that the Munich side have reached the last sixteen - the last time they didn't was in the 2007/08 season, when Bayern were in the UEFA Cup.

Thanks to a 3-1 win against Chelsea's city rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Matchday 6 of the Champions League group stage, Bayern confirmed their place in history with a flawless first round performance. 

2. Chelsea have the last 16 blues

Chelsea have been eliminated at the last 16 stage in each of their last three Champions League appearances - the last time the Londoners made it to the quarters was six years ago.

3. FCB attack unstoppable 

The German record champions scored 24 goals in the Champions League this season, definitively the best attacking return in this year's edition of the competition. In fact, only Paris Saint-Germain have scored more in the group stages, with 25 goals in the 2017/18 season.

Hit the video link below to watch all 24 of Bayern's goals in the Champions League so far this season:

4. Bayern strong away from home

The men from Munich are undefeated in their last 12 away matches in Europe's elite competition (nine wins, three draws), a further improvement on the club's own record. Only Manchester United (16 away matches without defeat from 2007 to 2010) and Ajax (14 games from 1994 to 1997) have ever enjoyed a longer consecutive run of games without tasting defeat in the history of the Champions League.

5. Lewandowski chases personal record and Benzema

With ten goals in this year's group stage, Robert Lewandowski has already equalled his personal best, when he also notched ten goals in the UCL in the 2012/13 season for Borussia Dortmund. Another goal would therefore set a new record for the Pole in Europe's elite competition and at the same time lift him up to fourth in the all-time goalscoring charts. Lewandowski has scored 63 goals in the Champions League so far, with Karim Benzema just ahead of him on 64 - the Frenchman will only be in action for Real Madrid a day later than Lewandowski and Bayern, on Wednesday.

6. Stamford Bridge a tricky ground for German teams

Chelsea have never lost a Champions League home game against a German team. In nine matches, the Blues have won six and drawn three times, even keeping six clean sheets.

7. In the balance, but... 

On paper, the head to head between Bayern and Chelsea is completely square: The Londoners won the 2012 Champions League final on penalties, and just over a year later Bayern avenged the defeat by beating Chelsea in the final of the 2013 UEFA Super Cup. In addition, the two rivals met in the quarter-finals of the UCL in 2004/05 and each side won the home leg. However, after a 4-2 loss in London, a 3-2 win in the second leg was not enough for FCB to progress. Hansi Flick's side are determined to do better this time around though.

In the video below we look back on the four matches between Bayern and Chelsea so far:

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