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Bayern Munich v. Chelsea to be played behind closed doors


MUNICH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 21: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) general view outside the stadium during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and SC Paderborn 07 at Allianz Arena on February 22, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

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Chelsea’s second leg at Bayern Munich will be played behind closed doors due to coronavirus precautions.

The Blues trail 3-0, all away goals, after one leg.

The Allianz Arena has been a fortress for Bayern Munich in the Champions League. They beat Red Star Belgrade, Olympiacos, and Tottenham by a combined 7-1 scoreline.

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That’s not to say there’s any distinct advantage, given Bayern is 4-0 in away UCL contests this season.

Manchester United’s Europa League game at LASK in Austria will be played behind-closed-doors, games in Serie A are postponed, and matches in Spain’s La Liga will be played in empty stadiums until early April.

There are reports that Serie A may need an alternate format to properly conclude its season, and clearly this is not going away. The San Jose Earthquakes’ next home match, March 21, is 11 days away and the Santa Clara Public Health Department has banned all gatherings over 1000 people.

It’s going to get weirder before it gets better for sports in the wake of coronavirus fears.