Asked why Chelsea have been better in the Champions League than the Premier League this season, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard responded:
“I am not sure. I understand the question, if you isolate this year as well.
“I think there have been challenges this year and the PL is also one of the greatest challenges in world football.
“It’s tough week in and week out and those challenges have obviously taken us to a place where we don’t want to be as Chelsea Football Club.
“The Champions League sometimes offers you a bit of escapism from that. Different speed of the game, knockout football, those things can all contribute to getting different success in the same season.
“I think when you get to this stage of the competition, you’re playing teams of the level of Real… Now those comparisons are pretty worthless.”