Lampard calls for Chelsea to learn from Bayern Munich's masterclass

Chelsea must treat its 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich as a "harsh lesson", says Frank Lampard, whose focus is now on a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Published : Feb 26, 2020 11:35 IST

Frank Lampard wants Chelsea to take an understanding of the levels required to play in the Champions League knockout stages from its humbling defeat to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea lost 3-0 in the first leg of its last-16 tie against the Bundesliga champion on Tuesday, with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski on target at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues had periods of pressure but overall rarely tested Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, with Chelsea's misery compounded when Marcos Alonso saw red after a VAR check for violent conduct in the closing stages.

Chelsea head coach Lampard acknowledged he learned plenty about his team from the match and said there are vital lessons to be taken on board. 

"That's football at this level," Lampard told a news conference. "The levels of Bayern Munich were fantastic, they're a really strong team, I was aware of that. 

"Unless we were to get everything right and bang on, it was going to be tough. We didn't get everything bang on. We weren't confident on the ball, which was my biggest disappointment.


"A harsh lesson, a reality of the levels we want to get to – this is Champions League football. As a club haven't been fighting in the knockouts for some years and this is the reality of what it takes.

"They need to use this positively. They won't feel it this evening but what they need to do is understand the levels of the Champions League when you get to the knockout stage.

"A lot of players there today either haven't played in it, played Europa League which is a big difference or played it a few years ago, certainly not at Chelsea when we got to successive semi-finals and finals and winning it. The only answer, young or old, is to not look at any part of the team other than yourself.

"Ask 'who was I up against, who was my direct competitor, how did I do against them?' We need to say tonight wasn't a night where we showed that and we need to take responsibility."

Premier League the priority

Though refusing to rule out his side's chances of coming back into the tie in the second leg on March 18, Lampard conceded Chelsea's priority must now be securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Chelsea is fourth but only three points clear of Manchester United and four ahead of Tottenham and Sheffield United after 27 matches.

"There's nothing else other than the fact of being real of where we are," he said. "We're now fighting to finish in the top four, because we want to improve in the [off season].

"We also have to go to Munich and play with a lot of pride to see what we can do there and today was just a clear show that there's a lot of work to be done. I felt that when I took the job, felt it all the way through and we'll keep working, we all need to."

Giroud asks Blues to believe in 'almost impossible' comeback

Meanwhile, forward Olivier Giroud said the Blues needed to take belief into the second leg match.

"It's going to be almost impossible but we need to go there with belief and to believe that we are going to score. You never know, you know," he said.

"They scored three goals here and if we score three and don't concede, you know. I'm not joking.

"We have nothing to lose and we're going to play our game with more."


Giroud, a former team-mate of Gnabry's, was happy for the attacker, who made just 18 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal.

"I played with him at Arsenal. At 16, he was not mature enough but obviously at 16 nobody is," he said.

"But the way he improved is amazing and he is doing so well since the last two or three years now. I'm happy for him because he deserves it and he's a good guy who has worked a lot.

"He's been very good tonight also, so it's good for him and we need to bounce back on Saturday.

"It's very disappointing today, but I understand sometimes you try but they were too good for us."

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