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‘Brutal’ reality check as Bayern flick Chelsea aside at Stamford Bridge

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Their level is not our level, reflects Frank Lampard afterwards

Chelsea FC v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images

Chelsea have lost more games this season than we care to count, including eight (8!) at Stamford Bridge in all competitions after tonight, but in most of those losses, we could console ourselves to a certain extent by looking beyond the scorelines. Chelsea have generally played well, even in defeat, often failing or getting unlucky (choose one as per your preference) just in certain key phases or moments of games.

That was certainly not the case on Tuesday night, as the Blues were thoroughly outclassed, outplayed, outfought, outran, outpassed, outshot, outtackled, outthought, and out-everythinged.

Sure, we knew Bayern were good and in even better form, and we knew all too well Chelsea’s own foibles at home, but we still had hoped to be able to stay with them. Maybe that was just undue confidence boost from the weekend.

Safe to say, it was a reality check, and a rather brutal one at that. Frank Lampard did not disagree.

“Sometimes you have to be brutally honest about. They outclassed us in pretty much every department. It’s quite sobering.

“Am I surprised? We could have done more. The level of team they showed that they are, hence why they challenge at the top of the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, year in year out. I’m disappointed we couldn’t do better against them.

“It’s a real reality check, for everybody, really. We have to this one on the chin. Just look at yourself and no one else. Look at the levels that we want to attain at this club. We have to work to get back there.

“There’s lots of elements where the players, if they have it in them — and a lot of them I think do — will look at who they were up against individually today and see the levels we want to attain, and more. It’s a reality check for the work that needs to be done here.

“[After seeing today], let’s understand where we need to get to, for everybody here. There’s a lot to be done.

-Frank Lampard; source: BT Sport

The return leg will be an opportunity to do better, but focus is now on recovering for the weekend and ensuring our spot in next year’s Champions League. The process of improving the team will not be instantaneous. There’s a long road ahead, but we must not lose heart.

Onwards and upwards.