As Chelsea were struggling – and ultimately failing – to break down Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, one of their former players was enjoying a fine afternoon for the reigning European champions.
Claudio Pizarro does not get many games for Bayern Munich anymore – with most of his appearances this season coming from the bench. But against Hoffenheim, the recently (re)crowned Bundesliga champions drew 3-3, with Pizarro scoring two and setting up a third for his team.
With the German title wrapped up, and the not so small matter of a Champions League quarter-final tie with Manchester United fast approaching, it was no surprise that Pep Guardiola opted to play some of his fringe players. But Pizarro showed he has still got it…on the very day that current Chelsea striker Fernando Torres fell short.
The Peruvian had four shots during his match, three of which were on target. He also played two key passes and had a 75% pass-completion rate.
In comparison, Torres had six shots (none of which were on target), played no key passes and completed 73% of his passes.
So a 35-year-old ex-Chelsea striker enjoyed a day to remember while a current one had one to forget.
And as for United, they will have to keep their eye on all of Bayern’s men. After all, even their reserves are mightily impressive.