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25 Jul 2017

Chelsea New Boy, Morata Makes First Appearance as Bayern Munich Defeats the Blues in Pre-season Match (Photos + Video)

Alvaro Morata made his first appearance in Chelsea blue but the 70million pounds record signing was unable to prevent his new team sliding to defeat against Bayern Munich.
Chelsea, who overcame Arsenal in the first match of their pre-season tour, prepare to shake hands with Bayern Munich stars

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.
The Bundesliga champions raced into a three-goal lead in Singapore, opening the scoring through Rafinha's long-range strike after only six minutes.

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.
Before the Blues could catch their breath, Bayern had doubled their lead as James Rodriguez - starting out wide on the right - picked out Franck Ribery on the opposite flank.

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.
And when the wing back's pull back reached Alonso on the opposite wing, the Spaniard launched an unstoppable drive into the top right-hand corner of the net.

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.

What next?

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.

Watch video highlights below:


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