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Vera Richards | 26 July, 2017, 02:03

"There is plenty of enthusiasm in the squad to play in the Champions League and in four competitions next season", Conte said in Monday's press conference ahead of Chelsea's International Champions Cup clash against Bayern Munich in Singapore on Tuesday.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, whose side defended poorly in falling behind 3-0, praised Morata's "great will to fight" but said it was too early to judge his performance.

Muller then made it 3-0 with a spectacular long-range effort after 26 minutes when the German global strolled forward from halfway towards a passive Chelsea defence and unleashed a curling shot past Courtois from 25 metres.

And at the stroke of half-time, left wingback Alonso found himself alone in the box when a cross was whipped in, and he duly dispatched it past Tom Starke in goal.

Chelsea finally got a foothold in the match as Marcos Alonso pulled a goal back deep into first-half stoppage time.

Chelsea, who came off a 3-0 friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing on Saturday, started promisingly with some slick passing inside the first five minutes.

James Rodriguez was forced away from Real Madrid in search of more regular game time and today he looked electric against Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is a big admirer of Sanches' talent and previously cited that if he had the power, he would have made him a United player before Bayern's capture.

Conte's men did get a lifeline with the last kick of the first half, with right wing-back Victor Moses drilling a teasing ball across goal from which Alonso lashed home first-time into the bottom right corner to reduce the deficit. "I'm sure that Chelsea will still have a really good season with good defensive organisation".

As you'd expect from a pre-season game, the second half was dominated by many substitutions throughout, one of which was Chelsea's new record-signing Alvaro Morata who naturally grabbed all attention.

Besides Morata's promising debut, the 48, 522 fans present were also treated to a display of football played at the highest level.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata says playing in the English Premier League is a "perfect situation" for him as a player.

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