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Chelsea were well beaten by Bayern Munich as the Bavarians got a 3-0 advantage ahead of the second leg at the Allianz Arena in three weeks time.
The Blues did well to match Bayern in the first half of the game but collapsed in the second half as a quickfire brace from Serge Gnabry killed Chelsea’s momentum, before Robert Lewandowski made it worse with the 3rd goal in the 76th minute of the game.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed the feeling of the team at half-time when the score was goalless.
“It was a difficult night,” Giroud said. “They were too strong. It’s hard to say but they deserved to win.
“At half-time the feeling was we were matching them. We had a few good opportunities also. If I go a bit early on Mason’s cross I think I would have been offside anyway, but that was close. We had hope after the first half.
“But they accelerated on the counter-attack in the second half. When they scored early, two goals in three minutes, psychologically it was hard. We tried to come back afterwards but they were too strong. They were very efficient. They exploited a few small errors we made. We could have defended better but they were too quick.”
“It was difficult for the attackers,” added Giroud. “I didn’t see a lot of the ball. You spend a lot of energy running after the ball when they have the ball. The problem was when we got the ball back, maybe we missed some personality and energy because you work hard to get it back. They place such importance on possession.
“To win the match every player had to be at their best, and unfortunately we weren’t.”