Chelsea started the first half poorly and gave away a penalty in the 20th minute when John Terry handled a cross from Clemens Fritz. Eljero Elia made no mistake from the spot as he rifled it into the bottom corner to put Bremen a goal up.
Bremen’s second came in the 37th minute when another Fritz cross was met by Ludovic Obraniak at the near post who glanced the ball into the opposite corner giving a sprawling Thibault Courtois no chance.
Jose Mourinho’s men couldn’t create any chances in the second half despite the return of Didier Drogba to their attack and were caught at the back when Nathan Ake gave away a late penalty.
Despite the result, Chelsea will be pleased to have got through another 90 minutes with no major injury scares as the countdown to the big Premier League kick-off draws ever nearer.
Boss Mourinho was not happy though - launching into a bizarre rant about referee Harm Osmers afterwards.
Ludovic Obraniak (right) and Fin Bertels celebrate during Werder Bremen's 3-0 win over Chelsea (Imago)
8’ – GREAT SAVE! – Free header from Di Santo at the far post is struck low into the corner but Courtois is there to palm the ball away and prevent a certain goal
20’ – PENALTY BREMEN! – Terry handles a Fritz cross as he tried to recover position. Elia stepped up and struck the ball low into the bottom right corner giving Courtois no chance even though he guessed correctly.
37’ – WHAT A HEADER! – Fritz crosses with his left foot towards the near post where Obraniak is rushing forward to get up and glance a header into the bottom corner.
45’ – CHELSEA CHANCE! – Torres bundles his way through and finds himself in on goal but his well hit shot is saved low by Wolf who stood tall to block.
46’ – DROGBA RETURNS! – The return of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba as he came on at half time but couldn’t inspire his side to any goals.
89’ – ANOTHER PENALTY! – This time Felix Kroos steps up and slots the ball into the bottom corner past Petr Cech.
Do Chelsea have enough creativity to supply Torres, Costa and Drogba? We saw the full array of Chelsea strikers today but they were mostly starved of any good service from midfield. Fabregas is the only truly creative central midfielder Chelsea have and the burden put on him already looks to be weighing him down as he struggled to create anything for the strikers to feed off.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Assani Lukimya – Absolute rock at the back today for Bremen and snuffed out any half-chances the Chelsea strikers might have had. Kept Torres, Costa and Drogba all very quiet.
Chelsea – Courtois 7, Azpilicueta 7, Zouma 6, Terry 6, Luis 5, Van Ginkel 5, Matic 6, Salah 6, Fabregas 6, Torres 5, Costa 5; Subs – Cech 6, Ivanovic 6, Ake 5, Hazard 5, Mikel 6, Drogba 6, Cahill 6, Baker 6, Boga 5.
Werder Bremen – Wolf 7, Garcia 7, Caldirola 7, Galvez 7, Lukimya 9, Obraniak 8, Fritz 8, Di Santo 7, Elia 7, Junzovic 7, Bartels 7; Subs – Strebinger 6, Makiadi 6, Hajrovic 7, Kroos 7, Kobylanski 6, Avcicek 6, Husing 7, Petersen 7.
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- Didier Drogba
- Clemens Fritz
- Toni Kroos
- Ludovic Obraniak
- Werder Bremen
- Eljero Elia