Chelsea win ahead of clash with Bayern

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Chelsea have gained a confidence boost ahead of Tuesday's Round of 16 first leg match against Bayern. The Blues beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the London derby at Stamford Bridge. In a convincing and rarely endangered win against a direct rival for a Champions League finish, Olivier Giroud (15') and Marcos Alonso (48') scored for the reigning Europa League winners. An own goal by Germany international Antonio Rüdiger (89') provided scant consolation for Spurs.

Chelsea end poor run

After only picking up two points from four games, Frank Lampard's team have ended a barren run in the Premier League just in time for the eagerly awaited meeting with the German record champions. The win in the derby sees Chelsea secure fourth place in the table that brings qualification for the Champions League next season and they have also extended the lead over fifth-placed Tottenham to four points.

Frank Lampard celebrates the 2-1 win against Spurs. The 41-year-old was a player in the first four clashes between Bayern and Chelsea – now he is on the touchline as the Blues' coach.

Kanté misses Bayern game

However, anticipation for the Chelsea legend Lampard ahead of the fifth meeting with Bayern – the first as coach – may be marred by the absence of N'Golo Kanté: The French World Cup winner is considered to be a key player in Chelsea's midfield but he is ruled out this week's match following a muscle injury he suffered in the 2-0 defeat against Manchester United in the middle of February.

Bayern have experienced outstanding nights in London, the home of Chelsea: