Blues hammered again, this time 5-0 to Bayern Munich, but hey, it’s only pre-season, eh?
Chelsea were hammered fo the second time in two days as their pre-season started with heavy defeats from Montpellier and now a 5-0 drubbing from Bayern Munich in Colomiers, Southern France.
Chelsea start their league campaign on September 8 against Spurs at Stamford Bridge.
Before then, they play a promotional match against the Israel national side, and one can assume a series of behind closed doors matches.
Gaining match fitness will come naturally in the coming week, gaining match confidence is a much more problematic situation that boss Emma Hayes will have to navigate successfully.
Deciding on her no1 goalkeeping position and then coaxing improved positional play from the defence seems like a priority. Will Carly Telford who played against the Germans keep the shirt? Ann-Katrin Berger would expect to be Hayes’ first choice but neither on these two matches suggest they have earned the shirt.
A lack of goals were a problem at the beginning of last season which contributed to the loss of their WSL 1 title. Too many draws saw the league defence over by November. Chelsea have brought in Norway’s Guro Reiten with the expectation she will provide the difference in matches that snatch’s the three points.
Munich started the brighter with Jovana Damnjanovic forcing Carly Telford to a smart save close to her right post after just three minutes.
The Blues, unlike the first match on Tuesday, when they seemed incapable of running in the 35C heat, acclimatised much quicker and cut the German side apart on eight minutes. But a lovely pass by Ramona Bachmann was slightly too heavy for Maren Mjelde and the ball inched over the Munich byline.
But self-inflicted disaster struck on 14 minutes when a weak back pass by Magdalena Eriksson, on the left, was gleefully intercepted by Giulia Gwinin who raced clear. She produced a delicate chip over Telford, the ball hit the underside of the crossbar, but before the goalkeeper could react, in-running Lineth Beerensteyn nodded in from a yard out.
Seconds after the mandatory drinks break, Gwinn cut free from the Chelsea rearguard and slotted a low, left byline drive towards goal. Millie Bright desperately tried to clear the ball, but could only help it over the line to double the lead for the Germans.
Despite occasional passages of play, where the players moved the ball impressively forward, it’s when they lose possession, that everything seems to collapse. Lack of fitness at this stage of the season is a major factor, but when Damnjanovic is free at the far post with seconds left of the half and taps home a third, goal, the questions have to be asked about some of the defensive decision-making.
Guro Reiten came on at half time, as did Drew Spence, Ji was withdrawn along with Sophie Ingle.
Shocking defence play on 52 minutes saw the german side cut the Chelsea defence in half leaving Beerensteyn to thump home a powerful left-foot drive that crashed high into Telford’s net.
Emma Hayes made a host of changes on 65 minutes bringing on youngster Charlotte Fleming as well as Deanna Cooper, Anita Asante and Adelina Engman.
Beerensteyn notched up her hat-trick on 75 minutes, heading home a right-wing cross. Telford had no chance.
Teams: Chelsea, Telford, Thorisdottir, Bright, Ingle, Carter, England, Ji, Kirby, Eriksson, Mjelde, Bachmann.
Subs: Orman, Asante, Reiten, Engman, Cooper, Spence, Berger, Fleming,
Bayern Munich: Riley, Beerensteyn, Gwinn, Leupolz, Damnjanovic, Dallmann, Ilestedt, Magellan, Hendricks, Wenninger, Weimar
Subs: Benkarth, Donhauser, Sorensen, Skorvankova, Lauder, Schwerin, islacker, Corley, Rolser, Schluter, Pfluger, Kogel