Chelsea have enjoyed a positive pre-season on the field. Off it, racism accusations have led to Kennedy being sent home whilst transfer activity has left some fans disappointed, but results on the pitch have been good.
After beating Arsenal by three goals to nil, Antonio Conte expressed his happiness with the fitness and performance of his side as well as the result, seeing off their Community Shield opponents. The Gunners had beaten Bayern Munich on penalties elsewhere, but the German side humiliated Chelsea in this fixture.
The Bundesliga champions raced to a 3-0 lead in the first half, with Rafinha’s fine strike from distance opening the scoring before Thomas Muller added a brace, squeezing in at the back post to poke home and then firing a volley past Thibaut Courtois.
Marcos Alonso pulled one back before half-time, before Michy Batshuayi added yet another goal this pre-season in the final moments, with an assist from debutante Alvaro Morata.
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Having made the Premier League title look easy last season and with several high profile additions already this summer, Chelsea fans have been increasingly confident of their chances of success in Europe’s elite competition.
Coming up against top quality opposition for the first time, Thomas Muller alone dismantled the Blues defence. Their quick movement swapping the ball from one flank to the other proved too much for this Chelsea side. Once fitter, it may not pose such a problem, but it did on this occasion.
Michy Batshuayi does have what it takes to play a role in this Chelsea squad
The Belgian has enjoyed his most prolific and convincing spell in a Chelsea shirt in the two pre-season friendlies he has started to date. He added to his brace against the Gunners with a late finish here, linking up well to pounce on a flick from debutant Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea’s summer marquee signing may displace Batshuayi in the coming weeks before the start of the Premier League season, but when they combined up front they looked promising. Such an impact and link up play between the two of them may convince Antonio Conte to give the pairing another shot.
Andreas Christensen didn’t do himself any favours
The Danish defender returned from his loan spell in Germany last season and will now be looking to nail down a spot in the Chelsea squad. Given his first opportunity on Tuesday, he failed to live up to expectations as his failure to close down Thomas Muller let Bayern extend their lead.
Christensen looked off the pace as he allowed the Germans too much time and space on the ball, clearly looking uncomfortable with his positioning in the system. Another loan spell or a permanent move may become possible if he continues to disappoint.