Bayern Munich gave Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side a true flavor of how difficult the Champions League really is.
Lampard’s young brigade at the Bridge had done decently well in the pas few months domestically but the Champions League is a different beast. And Lampard’s fast-growing team were not quite prepared for it. Worsened by their injury crisis, Chelsea were put to the sword by a ruthless Bayern Munich as they beat the Blues 3-0 in the first leg of the tie.
“I would like to think that Bayern Munich, we will look back on in one or two years time and it will be a defining moment for this group because it was a game that kind of put us in our place,” Lampard said in an Instagram chat with Chelsea fan and NHS Doctor Panos Theodoropoulos.
“It was like a ‘Wow, this is a real strong Champions League team here’. I didn’t feel that bad after, disappointed of course, because you go 3-0 and the game is probably gone even with the away leg.
“But you’re like that’s the level for the young boys, and a few of them were playing that night, and us as a team with our level of quality as players, especially in a team that are clinical with [Robert] Lewandowski, then we need to know that.
“I think they played some really good games with Ajax in the rounds before that and going away to Lille where we performed under pressure.
“When you look back at the season, our performances against City, we went there an lost 2-1 and played really well for big parts of the game. Every game we’ve played against Liverpool we’ve competed against them and they are comfortably the best team [in the Premier League].”
Chelsea are definitely going up the ladder under Frank and if anything, these matches build characters.