Were you caught?
We did with two goals in first part of the game. That was obviously disappointing but I want to focus on the resilience and the performance levels of a lot of players in the team. It was a good exercise for us today to look at a team like Bayern Munich with the Champions League experience they have in their ranks, hundreds of appearances through their team.
We had young players in debut seasons – Reece James going toe to toe with top players, an incredible individual performance. There were others within that and I can see where I want us to go for the good and bad.
We competed well in the game, got to 2-1 and didn’t make the most of a couple of half chances and then ended up conceding disappointing goals from individual errors. It was an interesting game, there was a lot of good. Disappointed to lose but we’ll be back.
Players and you will have learnt from tonight?
Without a doubt. A game against this high level opponent will stretch you and strain you. It will be an experience for Reece, Callum, Tammy and Mason. I saw young players staying in the game, showing their qualities and fighting to the end. N’Golo Kante played 50% of our games this year, we missed him badly and he showed why he is the player that he is with his level of performance in the game – especially in the second half.
The result isn’t nice. Probably bost people expected us to lose anyway but we went in with the right intentions and we competed against them. We’re ever going to 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 going to be overnight and we know the position we’re in.
To be congratulated a lot on the outside for getting into the top four shows the position we’re in as Chelsea, I suppose. We’ll take a rest we richly deserve and we’ll look forward and want to improve.
Has it been a successful season?
It is difficult to gauge expectations and success from within. I will leave that to…