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Lampard’s Chelsea plan after Bayern Munich defeat with Kai Havertz on horizon

Frank Lampard says Chelsea will return stronger after their Bayern Munich humiliation – with a deal for Kai Havertz on the horizon.

Chelsea's season came to an end with a 4-1 thrashing at the home of the Bundesliga champions – making for a 7-1 aggregate defeat stretching back to before the lockdown.

After the match, Lampard admitted there was an obvious gulf in class between his injury-hit, transitioning side and the giants of German football.

But the Chelsea manager insisted he knows exactly where he needs to improve his squad, as anticipation grows over the expected transfer of Bayer Leverkusen attacker Havertz to Stamford Bridge.

Lampard was asked afterwards about Chelsea's remaining transfer plans for the summer – and specifically about £90million-rated Havertz.

"I wouldn’t expect anything but it’s our job to go away and see what happens and see where we can improve," said Lampard in quotes reported by Metro.

"In a footballing sense, I feel like I know where we can improve but now it’s time to look at that."

While Chelsea are expected to target defensive reinforcements, French radio outlet RMC claims they have agreed personal terms with Havertz, with the 21-year-old attacking midfielder said to have agreed a five-year deal.

However, no fee has yet been agreed between the clubs for the Germany international, with Chelsea hopeful of bringing Leverkusen's price tag down to nearer £70m.

Leverkusen are still in the Europa League, and Havertz could be involved when his side play Inter Milan in Monday's quarter-final.

But with Chelsea's involvement in Europe now over, Lampard said "now is the important time" to focus on how his side can improve after finishing fourth in the Premier League this season, with the signings of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already in the bag.

"People wouldn’t normally commend Chelsea coming fourth, it’s not always been the level," said the manager.

"But the feeling is that we’re not happy with fourth and we want more.

"We’ve achieved something but now is the important time to not settle and rest with fourth and think where can we improve as players and as a club."

Of the defeat to Bayern, Lampard said: "The result is not nice, but probably most people expected us to lose anyway and we will be back.

“We had young players, debut seasons, Reece James going toe-to-toe with top players with an incredible individual performance.

"They have got world-class players and an opponent at a high level will stretch you.

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“But I can see where I want us to go. It will take time, it is not overnight. We know the position we are in. We take a rest which the players richly deserve and we look forward and we want to improve."

Lampard added: “It won't be an overnight procedure. We know where we are at. That is why people are giving credit about being fourth. Next year we want more.”

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