Chelsea’s defeat at Bayern shows Frank Lampard must shift transfer focus away from Kai Havertz

Defensive nightmare again

Where to begin? Andreas Christensen was bullied by Robert Lewandowski and Emerson Palmieri had some fault in all four concessions but it was simply the continuation of what we have seen for much of this campaign as Chelsea’s good attacking play was undone by a defensive sloppiness that will not cut it if Frank Lampard’s long-term aims are to be achieved.

That must be the priority entering the transfer window, not adding more attacking reinforcements. Kai Havertz is a fantastic player but would the money not be better spent on improving the defence?

Kovacic needs rest

Mateo Kovacic’s cheap concession for Bayern’s second goal, scored by Ivan Perisic, was the action of a man who needs a break.

Much of the squad deserves a rest after such a punishing seven weeks but the Croatian in particular looked exhausted at the conclusion of a campaign that had started so well for him.

Two bright spots

On a positive note, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James stood up to be counted in difficult circumstances. The former showed flashes of excitement in attack and was unlucky to have an outstanding goal ruled out by VAR for a marginal offside.

James, meanwhile, looked far more assured than the defenders around him and got forward well while facing such a daunting prospect with Alphonso Davies pushing so high.

As Lampard said afterwards: “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.”

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Thin squad

That Olivier Giroud was the only player to appear off the bench with nine minutes to go showed how thin Lampard’s options were with seven first-team players absent through injury or suspension.

It would also have been a risk to throw some of those young players in at the deep end against such a ruthless opponent.


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