Chelsea slipped to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of FC Bayern Munchen at Singapore’s National Stadium on Tuesday.
A brace from Thomas Muller and Rafinha’s long-range shot put Bayern 3-0 up inside 30 minutes before Chelsea pulled back goals through Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi to make the scoreline respectable.
Here are five things we learned from the friendly encounter.
Chelsea missed Costa
Time and again on Tuesday, Chelsea pushed forward but when the ball was played up to their forwards it failed to stick, and Bayern were able to win the ball back. There was a big Diego Costa shaped hole in the Chelsea attack and Michy Batshuayi doesn’t look like he is the long-term answer. The arrival of Alvaro Morata midway through the second half and the immediate boost his presence provides hope. While it’s too early to assess the impact the Spaniard will have he has clearly been brought in to fill Costa’s boots and his record shows he will probably make a good fist of it.
Bayern are strong
The Bundesliga champions started the game against Chelsea missing the likes of Joshua Kimmich, Arturo Vidal, and Arjen Robben, although you wouldn’t have known as their replacements slotted into the positions seamlessly. Renato Sanches and Corentin Tolisso bossed the midfield against Kante and Fabregas, proving that Bayern have some serious strength in depth. With a squad this strong they will surely be challenging for the Champions League in the new season.
Chelsea looked sluggish
OK, it’s still pre-season, but Chelsea looked way off the pace of their opponents. The midfield was overpowered while the defence, with young Dane Andreas Christiansen filling in for David Luiz, looked nothing like the watertight unit it was last season. The Blues took a long time to get going, but could have been 5-0 down by that time as Bayern continually found space behind them. With just a couple of weeks until the Charity Shield, Antonio Conte has some serious work on his hands in order to get the Blues ready for the new season.
James is the real deal
After a frustrating season at Real Madrid, the Colombian midfielder arrives at Bayern with a point to prove. On Tuesday against Chelsea the 24-year old gave glimpses of what Bundesliga fans can expect with an encouraging performance. Roaming across the middle of the park, James popped up time and again to link play between the midfield and attack with some quality touches and passing. Missed a great chance to open his account in the first half and went close again with a delightful header in the second half.
Sanches should leave Bayern
The young Portuguese midfielder put in the kind of strong display against Chelsea that convinced Bayern to part with £44 million pounds last summer, but it’s clear with the likes of Vidal and new boy Tolisso above him in the pecking order that he will struggle again this season to get game time. Sanches has gone on record that he wants to leave Germany and Bayern have said he can go if the price is right. For him to continue to sit on Bayern’s bench is a total waste of talent.