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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that it will be a learning experience for his young side, after Chelsea were beaten 4-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League second leg round of 16 clash at the Allianz Arena.
It was a debut Champions League campaign for the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi, but the Blues academy products did give a good account of themselves away at the German champions.
Speaking ahead of next season, Lampard chose to focus on the positives as Chelsea bow out of the Champions League, in what is our final game of the 2020-21 season.
“A game with this high-level opponent is going to stretch you and strain you, and it will be an experience for Reece and Callum and Tammy and Mason. What I saw is young players staying in a game, showing their quality and fighting until the end.
“N’Golo Kante has played 50 per cent of our games this year, we’ve missed him badly, and he’s shown why he is the player he is with his level of performance, particularly during the second half.
“The result isn’t nice. Probably most expected us to lose anyway, but we went in with the right intentions and we competed. I will never be happy with a defeat, but when you match up the two teams, and think about where we want to get to, it will take time. It’s not overnight. Now we take a rest, which the players richly deserve, we look forward and we want to improve.”