Chelsea’s Three-Zero Champions League last-16 first-leg residence defeat by Bayern Munich confirmed “there’s loads of work to be finished”, says supervisor Frank Lampard.
They were well beaten, with Serge Gnabry scoring twice and Robert Lewandowski scoring a 3rd.
“It was a harsh lesson,” stated Lampard, who additionally referred to as it a “actuality examine”.
“There isn’t any level taking a look at something aside from being actual on the place we’re, combating for the highest 4 as a result of we wish to enhance in the summertime.”
The Blues, who appointed their all-time high scorer Lampard as supervisor final summer season, haven’t reached the Champions League quarter-finals since 2013-14.
They had been beneath a switch ban final summer season and have blooded a number of kids this season.
Nonetheless, that they had as many gamers of their 30s as they did gamers aged beneath 25 – three of every – of their line-up in opposition to Bayern.
“We weren’t assured on the ball,” stated former Derby boss Lampard. “That was my largest disappointment.
“We wish to play right here. We have proven that every one season however in the present day we went away from that. That may occur generally in an intense ambiance.
“We have not been combating within the knockout levels and attending to the again finish of it in a couple of years.”
Three of the Bayern beginning line-up from the 2012 ultimate – which Chelsea received on penalties with Lampard within the group – performed on Tuesday.
“We noticed loads of high quality of their group. I performed in opposition to Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer within the 2012 ultimate. Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba have been there a very long time.
“There’s loads to their group we’ve got to respect. In the present day was a transparent present there’s loads of work to be finished. I’ve felt that during since taking the job.
“They [Chelsea players] want to make use of it as a constructive impact. They will not really feel prefer it this night however what they should do is perceive the degrees of the Champions League whenever you get to the knockout stage.
“Quite a lot of gamers have not performed in it earlier than. When you will have an eye-opener like tonight, the one reply – younger or previous – is to say I am not going to take a look at any a part of the group aside from myself. Who was I up in opposition to? How do I really feel I performed in opposition to him?”
Lampard added the second leg can be tough – no group have ever overcome such a deficit from a house leg – however refused to rule out a well-known comeback.
“We’ve got to go and play with satisfaction and never contemplate an excessive amount of the scoreline,” he stated. “We all know we’re Three-Zero down going to Munich. It is fairly clear we’re in a nasty place going into the second leg. A present of character is all we will do.”