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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Antonio Conte's men humbled by Germans in International Champions Cup as Bayern Munich Beat Chelsea 3-2 in Singapore

Chelsea 2-3 Bayern Munich: Antonio Conte's men humbled by Germans in International Champions Cup as Alvaro Morata makes debut for the Blues

  • Rafinha stunned Chelsea with just six minutes played when he fired home the opener from distance
  • Thomas Muller was left unmarked in the Blues' box to double Bayern Munich's lead in the 11th minute
  • Germany forward Muller gave the Germans a deserved three-goal lead with a stunning 30-yard strike
  • Marcos Alonso pulled a goal back for the Blues on brink of half-time with a powerful left-footed drive
  • Antonio Conte introduced club-record signing Alvaro Morata in the second half for the striker's debut 
  • Michy Batshuayi made it nervy finish for Bayern when the striker tapped home with four minutes to play

Alvaro Morata made his first appearance in Chelsea blue but the £70million record signing was unable to prevent his new team sliding to defeat against Bayern Munich.
Bayern were three up inside half an hour and, although goals by Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi restored respectability, it has been a torrid few days for the Premier League champions in Asia.
Since beating Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday, there has been confirmation Pedro suffered multiple fractures around his eye socket and cheekbone in a clash with David Ospina. 
Alvaro Morata was introduced in the second half but the striker was unable to make it a debut goalscoring appearance
Alvaro Morata was introduced in the second half but the striker was unable to make it a debut goalscoring appearance
Morata, who arrived at Chelsea from Real Madrid in a £70million deal last week, runs with the ball during his debut  
Morata, who arrived at Chelsea from Real Madrid in a £70million deal last week, runs with the ball during his debut  
Bayern Munich captain Thomas Muller fires home a stunning long-range shot to give his side a 3-0 lead over Chelsea 
Bayern Munich captain Thomas Muller fires home a stunning long-range shot to give his side a 3-0 lead over Chelsea 
Marco Friedl, the Austrian youngster, congratulates Muller after the Bayern captain made it 3-0 to the Germans 
Marco Friedl, the Austrian youngster, congratulates Muller after the Bayern captain made it 3-0 to the Germans 
Muller was left unmarked in the box to give Bayern Munich a two-goal lead despite Cesc Fabregas' attempts to challenge him
Muller was left unmarked in the box to give Bayern Munich a two-goal lead despite Cesc Fabregas' attempts to challenge him
The 27-year-old forward wheels away in celebration after volleying home to double his side's lead over Premier League side
The 27-year-old forward wheels away in celebration after volleying home to double his side's lead over Premier League side
Rafinha was allowed to surge forward down the right flank for Bayern Munich before firing home with this right-footed shot
Rafinha was allowed to surge forward down the right flank for Bayern Munich before firing home with this right-footed shot
Brazilian full back Rafinha wheels away in delight after seeing his long-range strike hit the back of the net on Tuesday 
Brazilian full back Rafinha wheels away in delight after seeing his long-range strike hit the back of the net on Tuesday 
Former Bolton defender Marcos Alonso is congratulated by his Chelsea team-mates following his late first-half goal 
Former Bolton defender Marcos Alonso is congratulated by his Chelsea team-mates following his late first-half goal 
Bayern Munich pay tribute to the fans in Singapore after their 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the National Stadium
Bayern Munich pay tribute to the fans in Singapore after their 3-2 victory over Chelsea at the National Stadium

MATCH FACTS 

CHELSEA (3-4-3): Courtois 5.5 (Eduardo 76); Azpilicueta 6, Christensen 5 (Luiz 64, 6), Cahill 6; Moses 5, Kante 6, Fabregas 6.5 (Pasilic 86), Alonso 6 (Tomori 76); Willian 5, Batshuayi 6 (Baker 86), Boga 6 (Morata 64, 6)
Goals: Alonso 45+2, Batshuayi 86 
Bookings: Moses
BAYERN (4-2-3-1): Starke 6 (Fruchtl 46, 6); Rafinha 6 (Gotze 64, 5.5), Martinez 7, Hummels 6.5, Friedl 6; Tolisso 7.5 (Pantovic 64, 6), Sanches 7; Muller 7.5 (Wintzheimer 80), James 6, Ribery 8 (Dorsch 80); Lewandowski 5 (Coman 46, 6.5)
Goals: Rafinha 6; Muller 11, 26 
Ref: Muhd Taqi Aliaafari (Singapore) 
Attendance: 48,522 
Pedro was sent home, as was Kenedy, who sparked a diplomatic incident by insulting the whole of China with two short phrases and an inadequate apology on social media.
New signings Morata and Antonio Rudiger have arrived to lift the mood but things would soon deteriorate when Bayern went ahead inside six minutes and eased two up in 11 minutes.
The results of these games matter little, of course, but the ease with which the Germans sliced through his team will concern Antonio Conte.
Bayern had been stung by a 4-0 defeat against AC Milan in China and Carlo Ancelotti was determined to see his team produce something better.
They made a terrific start with a wonderful goal scored by right back Rafinha, tearing forward and fizzing a shot low past Thibaut Courtois and in off the base of the far post.
Courtois was soon retrieving another from his net. Franck Ribery danced past Cesar Azpilicueta and dinked a cross over Andreas Christensen, who was given the chance to impress in the centre of Conte's three central defenders instead of David Luiz. Thomas Muller arrived to volley it in close-range.
Chelsea's defensive unit, so solid against Arsenal three days earlier, was all at sea and unable to contain Bayern's fast and fluent movement
A general view of the National Stadium in Singapore as the teams line up on the pitch prior to kick-off in the friendly fixture 
A general view of the National Stadium in Singapore as the teams line up on the pitch prior to kick-off in the friendly fixture 
Chelsea, who overcame Arsenal in the first match of their pre-season tour, prepare to shake hands with Bayern Munich stars 
Chelsea, who overcame Arsenal in the first match of their pre-season tour, prepare to shake hands with Bayern Munich stars 
Bayern defender Mats Hummels congratulates Rafinha after the Brazil international fired home the opener from distance 
Bayern defender Mats Hummels congratulates Rafinha after the Brazil international fired home the opener from distance 
The 31-year-old right back was congratulated by his team-mates following his opener in the International Champions Cup tie
The 31-year-old right back was congratulated by his team-mates following his opener in the International Champions Cup tie
Jeremie Boga of Chelsea attempts to get past Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich during an entertaining opening period
Jeremie Boga of Chelsea attempts to get past Corentin Tolisso of Bayern Munich during an entertaining opening period
James Rodriguez (left), who signed on loan from Real Madrid this summer, tackles Chelsea star N'Golo Kante from behind 
James Rodriguez (left), who signed on loan from Real Madrid this summer, tackles Chelsea star N'Golo Kante from behind 
After scoring an impressive brace in the 3-0 win over Arsenal, Michy Batshuayi was handed a chance to impress on Tuesday
After scoring an impressive brace in the 3-0 win over Arsenal, Michy Batshuayi was handed a chance to impress on Tuesday
Batshuayi, up front with Willian and 20-year-old Jeremie Boga, struggled to hold the ball up and offer any relief. Conte kept his composure and issued directions from the touchline.
James Rodriguez really ought to have made it 3-0 but missed the target. Muller made no mistake when invited to shoot from 25 yards by Christensen, he curled the third inside the post.
Still, less than 27 minutes had been played and a damaging defeat seemed on the cards. Victor Moses vented frustration on Marco Friedl with a late challenge which made the teenage left back scream in pain.
Boga, however, offered bursts of promise and forced Bayern goalkeeper Tom Starke into action, an attack which seemed to belatedly jolt Chelsea into life. Starke produced another fine save, low to his left to deny Batshuayi, and Gary Cahill headed wide from a corner.
Alonso reduced the deficit in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, meeting a low cross from Moses with a crisp strike. 
After Thibaut Courtois looked to put Franck Ribery under pressure, Muller had the easy task of volleying home his first goal 
After Thibaut Courtois looked to put Franck Ribery under pressure, Muller had the easy task of volleying home his first goal 
The Chelsea defence and Courtois cut dejected figures as Muller wheels away to celebrate the first of his two goals 
The Chelsea defence and Courtois cut dejected figures as Muller wheels away to celebrate the first of his two goals 
Bayern captain Muller looks to bring the ball under control at Singapore's National Stadium as Tolisso looks to help out 
Bayern captain Muller looks to bring the ball under control at Singapore's National Stadium as Tolisso looks to help out 
Chelsea playmaker Fabregas puts Bayern Munich winger Ribery under pressure as the Frenchman uses his strength
Chelsea playmaker Fabregas puts Bayern Munich winger Ribery under pressure as the Frenchman uses his strength
Rodriguez looks to get among the goals in Singapore as Chelsea defender Gary Cahill slides in with a hopeful block 
Rodriguez looks to get among the goals in Singapore as Chelsea defender Gary Cahill slides in with a hopeful block 
Blues boss Antonio Conte shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during a disappointing first-half showing 
Blues boss Antonio Conte shouts instructions to his players from the touchline during a disappointing first-half showing 
Bayern Munich's 36-year-old goalkeeper, Tom Starke, comes off his line quickly to prevent Chelsea from scoring 
Bayern Munich's 36-year-old goalkeeper, Tom Starke, comes off his line quickly to prevent Chelsea from scoring 
James missed more good chances; a header planted wide, a shot delayed to enable Gary Cahill to recover and a low shot saved by Courtois after intricate skill from Ribery.
Morata came on to replace Boga on the left of the front three. It is unlikely to be his usual position but he was able to offer glimpses of his technique and change of pace. 
He turned neatly past Milos Pantovic and accelerated clear of Felix Gotze. Luiz, who came on at the same time as Morata, almost made an impact with a deflected shot which struck a post.
The game became disrupted by substitutions but Batshuayi further reduced Bayern's lead, sweeping in a Cesc Fabregas corner from close range.
It was a fifth goal in three pre-season games for the Belgian who is determined to fight for his right to lead the line despite the arrival of Morata.
Bayern Munich's star striker Robert Lewandowski is beaten to the ball by Kante as Chelsea captain Cahill gets in on the action
Bayern Munich's star striker Robert Lewandowski is beaten to the ball by Kante as Chelsea captain Cahill gets in on the action
Belgium international Batshuayi reacts after missing a golden opportunity to score for Conte's Premier League champions 
Belgium international Batshuayi reacts after missing a golden opportunity to score for Conte's Premier League champions 
Chelsea's Spanish defender Alonso looks to beat Bayern's two-goal hero Muller to the ball during the pre-season friendly 
Chelsea's Spanish defender Alonso looks to beat Bayern's two-goal hero Muller to the ball during the pre-season friendly 
The German giants frustrated Chelsea in the first half - Hummels is pictured tackling Blues playmaker Willian in Singapore 
The German giants frustrated Chelsea in the first half - Hummels is pictured tackling Blues playmaker Willian in Singapore 
Renato Sanches, who has once again been linked with a move to Manchester United, challenges Boga for the ball 
Renato Sanches, who has once again been linked with a move to Manchester United, challenges Boga for the ball 
England international Cahill times his challenge perfectly to win the ball off Bayern Munich's goalscorer Rafinha
England international Cahill times his challenge perfectly to win the ball off Bayern Munich's goalscorer Rafinha
Supporters turned out in their thousands to cheer on Bayern Munich against Chelsea at the National Stadium in Singapore 
Supporters turned out in their thousands to cheer on Bayern Munich against Chelsea at the National Stadium in Singapore 

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