Goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski Seem to have dumped the Blues from the Champions League with 90 minutes to play.
Chelsea’s humbling 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night means the Blues are currently on track to record their worst home season for 34 years.
Serge Gnabry scored twice in rapid succession after half-time, before Alphonso Davies seared down the left to install Robert Lewandowski to create it Chelsea’s worst-ever home defeat in Europe.
Frank Lampard will be without Jorginho and Marcos Alonso for the next leg following a devastating night at Stamford Bridge, with Alonso shown a straight red with his side three down.
The defeat was Chelsea’s eighth at home this season in all competitions, the highest such figure the Blues have recorded since the 1985-86 campaign.
Chelsea’s struggles at home started in the Champions League, with a 1-0 defeat to Valencia in the opening game of the group stage.
Five days later, they were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool. By comparison, the Reds’ 3-2 win over West Ham on Monday was their 21st consecutive league win on home soil.
Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United at the Carabao Cup in the end of October, before enduring league defeats to West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton before the turn of this year.
Their home form had picked up in 2020, but their 2-0 defeat to United in the Premier League on Monday, February 17 seems to have signalled another recession.
The statistic might well come as upsetting news to director Lampard, who has had an up-and-down time of it in his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
His old mentor Jose Mourinho famously went 77 games before losing at home as Chelsea manager in the Premier League — a run that spanned two spells at the club.
Chelsea beat Mourinho’s Spurs on Saturday to consolidate their position in the top four of the Premier League since the race for European soccer hots up, but with 11 games to play, their season could still go either way.
With European removal now appearing more than likely, Lampard will probably be judged on his league end.
The Blues face Bournemouth, Everton and Aston Villa in the coming weeks, and a home clash with Liverpool at the FA Cup — a championship Lampard won four times as a player at Chelsea.