Chelsea 2-3 Bayern Player Ratings: Which sub was Man of the Match?
The second game of Chelsea’s tour of the Far East saw them take on Bayern Munich in Singapore. The game was an eventful one, played at a high tempo – a tempo too high for Chelsea to begin with as Bayern took an early 3-0 lead. The Blues pulled two goals back through Marcos Alonso and Michy Batshuayi but it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat. Here are the player ratings for Tuesday’s game – how did Alvaro Morata get on?
Thibaut Courtois – 5.5
The shaky start to the game spread throughout the whole team and Courtois should’ve probably done better with Rafinha’s effort and he will be disappointed with how Thomas Muller scored his first. Had no chance with the 3rd goal – a stunning strike.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Was left isolated by Victor Moses and unprotected by Cesc Fabregas during the opening stages and was unable to prevent any of the 3 goals. More composed on the ball in the second half with the introduction of David Luiz.
Andreas Christensen – 5
The Dane started at the centre of the back 3 and could not deal with the threat of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. It was obvious it was his first game in a back 3 despite some promising early signs. Was replaced by Luiz in the second half and the defence looked much more assured after his departure.
Gary Cahill – 5.5
It seemed like there was a lack of communication for the 2nd and 3rd goals that Chelsea conceded and, even though he wasn’t helped out by Marcos Alonso much, Cahill can be held responsible for the slow start as he and Christensen were overpowered by Bayern’s strong attack. Was more solid in the second half and contributed to attacks effectively.
Victor Moses – 6
Played both right wing back and left wing back during the game and looked an attacking threat for most of it. A lack of tracking back left the back 3 exposed and his frustration was showing when he was booked in the first half. Improved massively as the game went on and provided the assist for Alonso’s goal with a dangerous low cross.
Cesc Fabregas – 5.5
The Spaniard looked uncomfortable during Bayern’s quick start and often lost possession in dangerous areas. Was given a tough time by Renato Sanches but did provide some stability in possession at times. The partnership with N’Golo Kante does not look a sustainable one against the better sides.
N’Golo Kante – 6.5
Quietly went about his work as usual and contributed frequently to attacks with some good link-up play but looked vulnerable alongside Fabregas. I think we’ll see him back to his best with new signing, Tiemoue Bakayoko, who compliments him a lot better than Fabregas.
Marcos Alonso – 5.5
Probably the main culprit along with Gary Cahill for Chelsea’s poor start. Played too far forward and rarely tracked back which allowed James Rodriguez far too much space. This was evident in Muller’s first goal and a chance for James straight after with the left side of the penalty area seeming way too open. His goal papered over the cracks even if it was a thunderous finish.
Willian – 6.5
Bright and lively at times but was not given the service as he was in the first game against Arsenal. Often struggled in possession and snatched at a couple of chances but still played in a positive way despite the score line early on.
Jeremie Boga – 5
Simply could not get into the game as well as he could against Arsenal and was well marshalled by Rafinha. There were a couple of glimpses of what he’s capable of in the first half but his end product wasn’t good enough and he was replaced by Morata in the second half.
Michy Batshuayi – 6
Very quiet in the first half and had limited opportunities in front of goal. Gave the ball away frequently in the first half due to lack of options or just poor hold-up play. Took his goal well towards the end, poking home from close range from a corner – opportunistic positioning.
Alvaro Morata – 6
Was given around 20 minutes to showcase his skills and showed some promise with impressive link-up play and astute positioning but did not get the service required to flourish fully.
David Luiz – 6.5 – Man of the Match
Replaced Christensen in the centre of defence and the back 3 looked a lot more assured with him in the centre. Tried a couple of long balls towards Morata but nothing came of them and also hit the post with a deflected effort from outside the area.
Fikayo Tomori – 6
Another promising cameo from the youngster at right wing back and he went close with a header at the back post going narrowly wide.
Eduardo – 5.5
Made a smart save to deny Manuel Wintzheimer but looked uncomfortable in possession. You could see why he was the 3rd choice keeper.
Mario Pasalic and Lewis Baker came on late into the second half.