When Frank Lampard won UEFA Champions League final 2012 over Bayern Munich, it means Chelsea could rivals the German champion. But today in the Round of 16, Lampard returned as manager and his team were simply outclassed at Stamford Bridge.
Another embarrassing tale is how they were conceded twice against former Arsenal man, Serge Gnabry, who is now one of the brightest star in Bundesliga.
The 24-year-old scored twice in just 5 minutes, scoring in 51th and 54th minute.
Robert Lewandowksi added the third goal in the 76th minute.
Chelsea 2nd leg trip will be tough as they travel without Marcos Alonso who was sent off in 83th minute, as well as Jorginho who picked up another yellow card.
Lampard admitted it was a poor performance from his side.
“The performance was poor and sometimes you have to be brutally honest,”” he told BT Sport.
“They outclassed us in every department and it’s quite sobering. The level of team they are is why they challenge in the Bundesliga and Europe year in year out. I’m disappointed we couldn’t do more against them. We have to take it on the chin and work towards getting back to the levels we want to be at.
“If you look at the choice of passes they make, our choices have to improve. If our players have a bit about them, which I think they do, they will look at who they were playing against and the level they need to work to. We will always play with pride but I’m more concerned about the bigger picture. How quickly can we recover for the Premier League and how quickly can we get to the level?”
“Jorginho is done by talking to the ref, which is unnecessary when you’re on a yellow card. Marcos Alonso I haven’t seen yet and I will look at it, but they are out of the game so it’s an opportunity for someone else to come in.”