Chelsea were on the end of a 3-0 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich last night, and if it wasn’t for some great saves from Willy Caballero, it could have been a lot more.
The two sides were classes apart, it was men versus boys in every sense, and for Blues fans it was a very tough watch.
The first half wasn’t a disaster though and Chelsea stayed in the game at 0-0. But the minute they conceded a goal, their already high nerves fell to pieces and they caved, allowing Bayern to go into the second leg 3 goals ahead.
The only plus point now is that there is no pressure on the second leg at all, and all they can do now is play for pride.
Frank Lampard has tried to draw some positives from the evening, and is looking ahead and asking his players to show pride and character in the second leg.
Speaking to the Chelsea website, Lampard said:
“They need to use it to positive effect, even if it may not feel like that this evening.
“A lot of players there either haven’t played Champions League knockout football, have played Europa League which is a big difference, or have played it a few years ago and not at Chelsea when we were getting to semi-finals and finals.
“When you have an eye-opener like tonight, the only answer, young or old, is to not look at any other part of the team but yourself. ‘Who was I up against, who was my direct competitor? How do I feel I played against them?
‘There were a couple of performances in our team, mainly Kovacic, that played with a personality and a quality that makes you go ‘he could play in any team with that level’. Other than that, we need to see it wasn’t a night we showed that.
“We have to go to Munich and play with a lot of pride and see what we can do there. We can’t consider too much the scoreline in terms of how we approach it. It’s pretty clear we are in a very bad position going into the second leg. It’s a show of character, that’s all we can do.”