Frank Lampard: Bayern defeat “a reality check”

Chelsea's English head coach Frank Lampard arrives for the UEFA Champion's League round of 16 first leg football match between Chelsea and Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge in London on February 25, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Frank Lampard believes Chelsea have been dealt a “reality check” after losing 3-0 against Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge.

Serge Gnabry scored twice in quick succession at the beginning of the second half and Lewandowski scored the third to give Chelsea a mountain to climb in the second leg.

Lampard said: “Sometimes you have to be brutally honest. They outclassed us in pretty much every department so it’s quite sobering.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t have done better against them. Individually in the dressing room they need to take that one on the chin.

“Look at yourself and no one else and just look at the levels that we want to attain at this club. Levels that we’ve attained in the past at this club and we have to work to get back there.”

Chelsea defended resolutely during the first half and headed into the interval goalless. However, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley continuously failed to deliver in the final third and their defence completely collapsed after the break.

Lampard previously criticized Chelsea’s final ball following their defeat against Manchester United and he once again reiterated that they “must improve in the final third.”

He also delivered a rallying cry to his players and demanded a positive reaction.

“There’s lots of elements that our players could improve and if they’ve got anything about them, which I think they have, then they will see that those are the levels we want to attain,” Lampard said.

Chelsea have an almost impossible task when they visit Munich for the second leg in mid-March, but Lampard has refused to write his side off.

“We’ll always play with pride and you should never say that the doors closed because our fans wouldn’t accept that and neither will I,” he declared.  

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