Chelsea were taught a Champions League lesson by Bayern Munich and Frank Lampard wants his players to restore pride in the second leg.
The club’s 3-0 defeat in the first leg of the last 16 game was the eighth defeat at Stamford Bridge in all competitions this season, the most at home in a single campaign since the 1985/86 campaign, which was also eight times.
Two goals from Serge Gnabry, followed by Robert Lewandowski’s 39th goal of the season, did the damage and manager Lampard wants to see his players leave Germany with their heads held high.
“We have to go to Munich and play with a lot of pride to see what we can do there,” he said.
“[Tuesday] was just a clear show that there’s a lot of work to be done, and I felt that when I took the job, I feel that today. I will keep working.
“It’s pretty clear that we are in a very bad position going into the second leg, so it’s a show of character to see what we can do.”
Lampard was part of Chelsea’s Champions League winning side that beating Bayern in Munich in the 2012 final and feels his squad were ruthlessly taught about the standards required at the top end of European club football.
The 3-0 loss was the club’s heaviest ever margin of defeat at home in European competition.
“That’s football at this level,” the boss added.
“The levels of Bayern Munich were fantastic, they’re a really strong team, I was aware of that.
“It was a harsh lesson, a reality for the players of the levels we want to get. This is Champions League football.
“In the bigger picture, we just saw there was a lot of quality in their team. There’s a build to that.
“Players like Lewandowski, who has been there for a long time, [Thomas] Muller I played against in 2012 in the Champions League, and [Jerome] Boateng, and [Manuel] Neuer, [David] Alaba has been there a long time, so there’s a lot to their team which we have to respect.”