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‘We’ll learn from this’: Chelsea boss Lampard mulls Bayern mauling

/ 03:18 PM August 09, 2020
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Chelsea’s Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic (L) and Chelsea’s French defender Kurt Zouma reacts at the end of the UEFA Champions League, second-leg round of 16, football match FC Bayern Munich v FC Chelsea in Munich, southern Germany on August 8, 2020. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard insists his injury-depleted side will learn from their 4-1 mauling at Bayern Munich to bow out of the Champions League 7-1 on aggregate in the last 16.

Having lost 3-0 to Bayern at Stamford Bridge in the first leg in February, an injury-depleted Chelsea were brushed aside on Sunday as Robert Lewandowski, the Champions League’s top-scorer with 13 goals in seven games, netted twice and created two more.

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“It’s a good exercise for us to go up against Bayern and their Champions League experience, with a lot of our players having debut seasons,” said Lampard.

Chelsea was without the injured Christian Pulisic, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pedro and Willian, while Jorginho and Marcos Alonso were suspended.

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“I can see where I want us to go and I know we’ll be back,” added Lampard.

“When you match our Champions League appearances to theirs, I saw lots of good things in the team and also some of the bad we have seen this season.

“It was a hard start for us with conceding two early goals and the result didn’t quite reflect the game, but respect to Bayern, they deserved the win.”

The 42-year-old, who captained Chelsea to their win over Bayern in the 2012 Champions League final in Munich, said the Germans deserve to be considered among the favorites for the title.

Treble-chasing Bayern, who have already won the Bundesliga and German Cup this season, face Barcelona in Lisbon on Friday in the quarter-finals.

“They have a lot of experience and know-how to win this competition, so, yeah, they are among the favorites,” added Lampard.

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