Alvaro Morata made his first appearance for Chelsea as they continued their pre-season preparations with a 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup on Tuesday.
That advantage was soon doubled by Thomas Muller's close-range effort and Bayern's captain further increased their advantage with a wonderful solo effort just before the half-hour mark.
Alvaro Morata was introduced in the second half but the striker was unable to make it a debut goalscoring appearance.
However, the Blues responded through Marcos Alonso's thumping drive in first-half stoppage time, although Michy Batshuayi's 85th-minute goal proved too little, too late.
Bayern made a fast start to the contest, clearly stung by the drubbing they suffered at the hands of AC Milan in their last outing in the tournament.
The Bundesliga champions opened the scoring after just six minutes when right-back Rafinha picked up possession of the ball some 30 yards out, before the Brazil international strode forward and beat Thibaut Courtois with a low shot into the corner of the net.
The winger's quick feet then saw him get free to the byline, and his inch-perfect chip to the far post was volleyed home by the unmarked Muller.
Munich were buzzing in the opening half an hour, closing their opponents down at will and after James had spurned a glorious opening, Carlo Ancelotti's team made it 3-0 after 27 minutes.
The rejuvenated Muller started his run inside his own half, before striding forward unchallenged and beating the helpless Courtois with a curling effort from just outside the area.
After a pre-arranged water break, Conte made a tactical tweak and got his players to start being more direct, with positive consequences as his side began to gain a foothold in proceedings.
However, the goal that got the Blues back into the contest owed nothing to that and everything to a lovely move involving Willian, whose clever dummy released Victor Moses down the right wing.
The second half was predictable interrupted by a succession of substitutions, one of which saw the introduction of Chelsea's new £70m signing from Real Madrid.
But given just 27 minutes to impress, Morata was unable to make the dream debut, although Batshuayi continued his impressive pre-season form by scoring a late consolation for Chelsea.
Chelsea face Serie A side Inter Milan in the International Champions Cup at same the National Stadium on Thursday, with the game again getting underway in in Singapore at 12.35pm.
And on Sunday August 6 the Blues get their season underway when they take on FA Cup winners Manchester United the FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.
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