Sports Ancelotti Showers Praises on Chelsea New Signing, Morata

Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich taking a wefie with fans outside the Ritz Carlton Millenia hotel upon arriving in Singapore yesterday. Bayern are one of three European football giants playing in this week's International Champions Cup at the National

Football: Spanish striker Morata joins Chelsea

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

But the coach instead chose to focus on new signing Alvaro Morata, who is likely to play a part against Bayern.

Morata took the vacant number nine jersey and is expected to make his Chelsea debut in a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Singapore later on Tuesday.

Morata yesterday said he was destined to play under manager Antonio Conte at a club good enough to compete with Europe's elite.

Morata had a hand in Michy Batshuayi's late consolation goal in a second half that saw Bayern continue to create the better of the chances, many of which fell to the Spain striker's former Real Madrid team-mate James Rodriguez, who endured a frustrating evening. They will have to...

"It's too early to speak about the impact of Morata", the Italian said. "I'm not too anxious because we are still in pre-season, we are working very hard and Bayern is one of the top clubs in the world".

"We have to learn from the experience when we won the league three years ago and then had a bad season, so we know that's what we have to work at", the defender said.

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.

"As champions, every team we face will want to win more than before, so we know it's going to be harder", said Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta at a press conference at the National Stadium ahead of this week's International Champions Cup (ICC).

It was a shame we lost 3-2 but it is pre-season and we will move on to the next game. We have good players who know what's right and what's wrong and we will get there, it was just one of those games.

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti believes new loan signing James Rodriguez will play a key role in the engine room of the German champions as they seek to export their domestic dominance to the rest of Europe.

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