Chelsea legend Didier Drogba played his first game for the Blues since the Champions League Final in 2012 on Sunday but was powerless to prevent a 3-0 defeat to Werder Bremen.
The Ivorian forward left the club with a heroic moment in Munich - slotting away the winning penalty in the Champions League final. But even Drogba couldn't rally the troops against a German outfit that seemingly coasted past the Blues.
The Brazilian pair of Willian and Oscar return to training at Chelsea on Monday, which will improve Jose Mourinho's confidence going into their next game after an attacking performance that lacked flair and a final product.
Thibaut Courtois made his Chelsea debut before being subbed at half-time and the Belgium International looked solid in-between the sticks, making a superb first-half save to deny former Chelsea man Franco di Santo.
Bremen's first goal came in the 18th minute, with Elijero Elia calmly sticking away a penalty after John Terry handled the ball in the area.
Polish midfielder Ludovic Obraniak doubled the German sides lead 20 minutes later with a superbly finished header that scraped the inside of the post before going in.
The German team were lively from the off. Chelsea on the other hand, seemed uninspired.
New man Diego Costa caused problems in defence for Bremen and constantly made himself available, but widemen Fernando Torres and Mohamed Salah both had a game to forget after wasting several chances.
Drogba returned in the second half only to find himself on the receiving end of some superb defending from Bremen centre-back Assani Lukimya.
Ex-Barcelona and Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas saw his second-half chip land on the roof of the opposition's net in what was Chelsea's best chance of the game.
Bremen substitute Felix Kroos rounded off the scoring with a well finished penalty after Chelsea youngster Nathan Ake gave away the second spot-kick of the game.