Match Review - Chelsea 2-3 Bayern

Matt Debono

Chelsea suffered defeat in their second game of pre-season to Bayern Munich, 3-2 in Singapore.

Chelsea came into this on the back of a fine performance against Arsenal, and Bayern, something to prove after defeat to AC Milan.

A poor Chelsea performance early on allowed Bayern to take advantage and so they did so, with some emphatic goals.

Bayern made the quickest start in the game, and six minutes in they had taken the lead. Rafinha was allowed to run, and he drilled a low shot from 20 yards out past Courtois, and it deflected in off the post to give them the lead.

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Rafinha celebrating his fine effort. [Twitter]

They continued to dominate the game, and not long after, they doubled their advantage. Ribery made his way into the box, crossed it in, and Muller was there with an easy tap in, in which he did so, by volleying it in, and making it 2-0.

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Müller volleying it in to double Bayern's lead. [Twitter]

Chelsea continued to struggle, and Bayern should have made it three. They dispossessed Chelsea and Ribery picked James out, who was in open space, but he fired over well over.

Bayern were brilliant in the first half, and continued to stay patient.

The Blues had their first chance of the game when Willian found an opening, however he dragged his shot way wide of the goal.

The German side extended their lead 27 minutes in when Thomas Müller scored an unbelievable goal. He was allowed to run, and 30 yards out, he curled past Courtois into the top right hand corner, and it was 3-0. Chelsea looked knackered and Bayern were well and truly capitalising on that.

Boga was the one making the chances for Chelsea, and he nearly scored, but Starke blocked his effort.

Chelsea started to finally wake up towards the end of the first half, and chances came frequently.

The first of them when Willian teed off Alonso who curled just over the bar. Batshuayi then had a low shot saved, which resulted in a corner. From that corner, Cahill headed inches wide.

The breakthrough came seconds before the break for Chelsea when Victor Moses drilled in a cross. It was missed by everyone, and there Marcos Alonso was at the back post. He drilled in a fine finish to pull a goal back for Chelsea who for the majority of the half, were poor.

Bayern came out in the second half and started just like they did in the first. James had a free header, and he headed wide. A chance in which he should've taken.

He then had another chance minutes later when Ribéry played him in, but Cahill made a brilliant block to keep the Columbian out.

They kept on pressurising the Chelsea back line, and the link up play between the Bayern front men set up Renato Sanches, but his shot was fired over.

Then on 63 minutes, Alvaro Morata was introduced for his Chelsea 'debut'. Luiz came on as well.

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Morata impressed on his debut, getting an assist. [Twitter]

Minutes later, a poor Fabregas pass allowed Bayern to break. The ball fell to James, again, but he drilled just wide. The attacking midfielder should have had two goals at least, but he kept failing to take his chances.

When David Luiz came on he brought energy into the side, and Chelsea looked like a new side. They were pressuring the ball, and making chances.

A string of chances for Chelsea then came. The ball was popping in around the box and it fell to Batshuayi, but a poor touch took the ball away from him.

The Belgian was involved again but setting up this time. He chested down to Willian in the box, but he failed to find the target after side footing over.

It was David Luiz' turn this time, and his effort was deflected just past of the post, and the Blues were getting closer.

Three minutes to go, and they did. New man Alvaro Morata won a corner for Chelsea, which was tapped in by Michy Batshuayi to reduce the deficit to one.

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Batshuayi tussling with James. [Twitter]

But by then, it was too little too late. The damage had already been done in the first half, when Bayern dominated a poor Chelsea side. The substitutions of Morata and Luiz had an effect and it was a much brighter second half for the Premier League champions. It was a performance that was nothing like Arsenal, they look tired the majority of the way through but the character shown in the second half is a positive in which Antonio Conte can take away. With it only being the second game pre-season it allows them to re-group and go again. With players linked with the club as well, it could well be a busy summer.

We next play Inter Milan on Saturday, at the National Stadium, again in Singapore.

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