It just wasn't meant to be for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea side on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich.
After the two clubs were even at halftime 0-0, that changed in the second half. Indeed, the German giants proved to be too much in the final 45 minutes of play, leaving Stamford Bridge with a head-turning 3-0 road victory in the Champions League Round of 16.
For the Blues, it was a humbling defeat. Lampard was matter of fact shortly after the loss, calling it a reality check for his team.
Frank Lampard after Chelsea's 3-0 home defeat to Bayern: 'It was a harsh lesson, a reality for the players of the levels we want to get to. This is Champions League football' pic.twitter.com/MjppcYX9I8— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) February 26, 2020
"It was a harsh lesson," Lampard told the media. "There's no point looking at anything other than being real on where we are, fighting for the top four because we want to improve in the summer."
Early on in the second half, Bayern Munich got on the scoreboard first with Serge Gnabry finding the back of the net in the 51st minute. Just three minutes later, he made things 2-0 with another quality finish.
Chelsea tried chipping into the lead, but couldn't find success doing so. Tammy Abraham battled his way, as did Mason Mount and others, but Bayern's defense held strong.
In the 76th minute, Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski made things worse with a goal to put his squad up 3-0. To complete the nightmare for Chelsea, Marcos Alonso was given a straight red following a VAR check for a hit on Lewandowski.
"We weren't confident on the ball," Lampard said. "That was my biggest disappointment. We want to play here. We've shown that all season but today we went away from that. That can happen sometimes in an intense atmosphere."
Now, Chelsea will have the uphill climb of trying to wipe away its 3-0 deficit in the second leg scheduled for March 18.
February 25, 2020