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Chelsea were totally outclassed by Bayern Munich on every side as Frank Lampard’s Blues were given a reality check by the German giants.
The Blues had managed to hold Bayern in the first 45 minutes of the game, but an early second half collapse saw Bayern take all three points with three goals as well.
It was indeed a reality check for the young Chelsea team, but Blues boss Frank Lampard took out time to hail Mateo Kovacic for a good display in midfield and believes that the Croatian can make it in any top side in the world.
“They need to understand the levels that the Champions League is when they get to the knockout stage,” said Lampard.
“A lot of the players there today either haven’t played it, played maybe the Europa League, which is a big difference, or played it a few years ago [but] certainly not at Chelsea to a point where we got to a success of semi-final, final, win it kind of times.
“So when you have an eye-opener like tonight, the only answer young or old is to look at it and say, ‘I’m not going to look at any other part of the team [other] than myself, who was I up against? Who was my direct competitor? How did I play against them?
“I thought there were a couple of performances in our team, namely Kovacic, who played with a personality and a quality that makes you go, ‘okay, he can play in pretty much any team with that level’.
“Other than that we need to say tonight wasn’t a night where we showed that, and that’s on an individual to take responsibility.”