Rio Ferdinand says Bayern Munich handed Chelsea ‘an absolute education’ following the club’s ‘devastating’ 3-0 Champions League last-16 first leg victory at Stamford Bridge.
The Bundesliga champions took control of the tie with a comprehensive first-leg victory in west London, former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry scoring twice before Robert Lewandowski fired home Bayern’s third of the evening.
Marcos Alonso was dismissed late on for Chelsea after catching Lewandoswki with an arm and will miss the second leg in three week’s time, as will midfielder Jorginho who picked up a needless booking for dissent.
In truth, Chelsea struggled to deal with the threat of the five-time European champions on a chastening night for Frank Lampard’s side, and Ferdinand believes the Blues were taught a footballing lesson by their illustrious opposition.
“It was an absolute education. It was a clinic put on by this Bayern team. They never really got out of second gear,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“Gnabry didn’t really feature in the first half, comes out second half and scores two exquisite goals. They just showed they had that quality at the top of the pitch.
“The two midfielders Kimmich and Thiago controlled the tempo of the game and when the ball got into the final third, these boys – Gnabry, Lewandowski, Davies, Muller – they were devastating when they got the opportunity. They were so clinical.”