Chelsea 'Outclassed,' Given 'Harsh Lesson' by Bayern Munich, Says Frank Lampard

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2020

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Chelsea FC and FC Bayern Muenchen at Stamford Bridge on February 25, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images)
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Frank Lampard said his Chelsea side were "outclassed in pretty much every department" by Bayern Munich in their 3-0 UEFA Champions League loss at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. 

Serge Gnabry's double and Robert Lewandowski's goal in the last-16 first leg all but ended Chelsea's chances of making the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition this season.

It was the Blues' heaviest home defeat in the Champions League, and it could have been worse:

OptaJoe @OptaJoe

3 - Chelsea's 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich is their heaviest ever margin of defeat in a home game in European competition. Humbled. #CHEBAY https://t.co/7fogH1yN2T

Phil McNulty @philmcnulty

Chelsea 0 Bayern Munich 3 at FT. Scoreline does not actually reflect just how much better than Chelsea they were. Very sharp, very impressive. Chelsea hopelessly outclassed.

Lewandowski's goal in the 76th minute summed up Chelsea's night as four Blues players were left for dead by the superb Alphonso Davies in the build-up:

Bleacher Report Live @brlive

Alphonso Davies is having a field day and sets up Lewandowski's 11th UCL goal this season 🔥 https://t.co/SgUASFTMM6

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

Lewandowski's first goal in the knockout stages in two years! Put on a plate by Alphonso Davies, absolutely rapid 🔥 https://t.co/JaVHwcxsmT

Lampard made no excuses after a chastening 90 minutes for his Chelsea side, per BT Sport (h/t MailOnline's Daniel Matthews):

"That's football at this level. The levels of Bayern Munich were fantastic. ... It was a harsh lesson of reality for the players. If you go for 90 minutes you have to show more than we showed. ... [The players] need to use this to a positive effect. It might not feel like that this evening, but they need to understand the levels in the Champions League when you reach the knockout stages. They outclassed us in pretty much every department, so it was quite sobering."

Lampard, who was part of the Chelsea side that shocked Bayern to win the 2012 Champions League final, added that he would "never say the door is closed" on making the quarter-finals:

Football on BT Sport @btsportfootball

"It's a reality check for the work that needs to be done." A chastening night for Frank Lampard and his young Chelsea side. A chance to refocus and rebuild. 🎙 @DesKellyBTS https://t.co/brkRbdx4M8

But the Blues will need a performance better than anything they have shown this season if they are to overturn the deficit in the return leg on March 18, not least as Jorginho and Marcos Alonso will miss the game due to suspension.

Perhaps more concerning for Lampard and Chelsea is how they respond to such a chastening loss when they return to Premier League action at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Blues have won just five of their last 15 games in the English top flight and are only clinging on to fourth spot in the table due to the inconsistencies of the clubs below them:

Premier League @premierleague

Movement in the top half of the table #PL https://t.co/GZ9PVIKGW7

It will take a miracle for Chelsea's Champions League campaign to continue beyond the last-16 second leg this season.

But they still have control over whether they return to the tournament next season. They could be aided in their task by the fact fifth place may secure Champions League qualification after Manchester City's two-year UEFA ban.

Chelsea need to find some consistency quickly, though, because a couple more poor results could see them drop as low as eighth depending on how their competitors fare.