The Blues boss admits his side has to learn from the masterclass that the German giants put on at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Frank Lampard needs Chelsea to have an understanding of the amounts necessary to play at the Champions League knockout phases from their humbling defeat to Bayern Munich.
Chelsea lost 3-0 in the first leg of the last-16 tie against the Bundesliga champions on Tuesday, with Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski on goal at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues had periods of stress but overall infrequently analyzed Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, with Chelsea’s misery compounded when Marcos Alonso saw red after a VAR test for violent behaviour in the final stages.
Chelsea head coach Lampard confessed he learned a lot about his team from the game and said there are vital lessons to be taken on board.
“That’s football at this level,” Lampard told a news conference. “The levels of Bayern Munich were fantastic, they are a very strong team, I know that.
“Unless we were to find everything right and bang on, it was going to be tough. We did not get everything to bang on. We were not confident on the ball, which was my biggest disappointment.
“A harsh lesson, a fact of the amounts we would like to get to — this is Champions League football. As a club have not been fighting from the knockouts for a long time and this is the reality of what it requires.
“They will need to use this favorably. They won’t feel this day but what they should do is understand the degree of the Champions League when you reach the knockout stage.
“A lot of players there now either have not played it, played Europa League that is a large difference or played with it a couple of years back, not in Chelsea when we must successive semi-finals and finals and winning it. The only answer, old or young, is not to look at any portion of the team besides yourself.
“Ask’ who was I up against, who was my direct competitor, how did I do against them’ We will need to say tonight was not a night where we revealed that and we will need to take responsibility.”
Though refusing to rule out his side’s chances of coming back in the tie at the second leg on March 18, Lampard conceded Chelsea’s priority must now be procuring a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Chelsea are fourth but just three points clear of Manchester United and four before Tottenham and Sheffield United after 27 matches.
“There is nothing else besides the simple fact of becoming real of where we are,” he said. “We are fighting to finish in the top four since we would like to improve at the [off season].
“We also need to visit Munich and play with plenty of pride to see what we can do there and now was just a definite show that there is a good deal of work to be accomplished. I felt that when I took the job, felt it all of the way through and we’re going to keep working, most of us need to.”