Watching Chelsea lose to Bayern Munich last week in the Champions League was a hard watch.
While Chelsea kept the score to 0-0 in the first half and were ‘in the game’; the ruthlessness with which Bayern dispatched Chelsea in the second half exposed a cavernous gulf in quality and class.
For any Chelsea supporters harbouring any delusions about the depth of Chelsea’s underlying problems them this was surely the wake-up call they needed. The same can be said about Chelsea’s board.
Winning trophies both at home and Europe for the last 15 years has merely papered over the cracks which in truth have been widening since Chelsea finally lifted the trophy Roman Abramovich coveted above all others in 2012.
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One small crumb of comfort may have been that while Chelsea were ‘battered’ 3-0 at home, this was not a battering of the 7-2 proportions meted out to Spurs by Bayern a couple of months ago.
Bayern Munich are clearly a very good side with an impressive blend of experience and youth.
Many pundits may have said the same about Chelsea this season.
The transfer ban, loss of Eden Hazard and relative youth in Chelsea’s side means that Frank Lampard has been give a pass this year, especially in the Champions League against one of the genuine elite European clubs.
A spate of key injuries could also be added in mitigation; but the idea that it was Chelsea’s inexperience caused by fielding a team of youngsters is a lazy narrative. The average age of the Bayern team was younger than Chelsea’s.
The stark reality is that Chelsea were just not good enough and much of the focus of the defeat should be put on the experienced players of Willy Caballero; Cesar Azpilicueta; Antonio Rudiger; Marcos Alonso; Jorginho; Olivier Giroud; Pedro; Willian and arguably Ross Barkley who at the age of 27 can…