Chelsea’s 3-0 misfortune to Bayern Munich in the primary leg of their Champions League last-16 tie was a rude awakening for the club, as indicated by lead trainer Frank Lampard.
Eight years on from their Champions League last triumph over a similar side at the Allianz Arena, Chelsea’s expectations of movement were everything except finished as Serge Gnabry scored a quickfire twofold and Robert Lewandowski included a third in a merciless Bayern execution at Stamford Bridge.
“The degrees of Bayern Munich were phenomenal. They are an extremely solid group and except if we were to get everything right and strike against, it would have been an intense night conceivably.
“We didn’t get everything slam into. We weren’t certain ready. That was my greatest dissatisfaction from beginning to end.
“We need to play here, we’ve indicated that all season, yet today we left from that. That can happen once in a while in an extraordinary air when everyone’s eyes are on you, so it was an unforgiving exercise for the players about the levels we need to find a workable pace.
“We as a club haven’t been battling in the knockout stages and breaking through to the back-finish of it for certain years and that is the truth of the stuff.”
Lampard included: “At times you must be mercilessly fair about it and they outflanked us. It’s very calming.
“I’m baffled we was unable to have improved against them, however it’s a genuine rude awakening for everybody independently in the changing area.
“We need to endure it and take a gander at yourself and nobody else, and the levels we have to accomplish at this club, which this club has achieved before and we need to work to get back there.”
Chelsea had their minutes in the main half, with Olivier Giroud nearly turning home a Mason Mount cross and Marcos Alonso driving a shrewd spare from Manuel Neuer, yet they never looked like getting once again into the game after Gnabry’s opening objective six minutes after the break.