Player Ratings: Chelsea vs Southampton

Chelsea hosted Southampton in an encounter that was more like what many were expecting than the previous few matches. The firepower up front was on target, but the defence at the back was leaky as a good start 2-0 start became a poor finish and a 3-3 draw.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 3

 

Southampton striker Danny Ings rounds the hapless Kepa as his defence lets him down. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: FOOTBALL.LONDON

A thigh injury to Edouard Mendy saw Kepa return between the posts. Unfortunately, so did the errors.

He did make some saves, but should have done better overall. Rounded by Ings for Southampton’s first goal.

Then a break down in communication with Kurt Zouma forced him to make a challenge. Pulling out of said challenge saw Che Adams through on goal. Before a failed last ditch slide paved the way for Adams to make it two.

For the third, Kepa was beaten a Jannik Vestegaard deflection on a Theo Walcott shot.

Cesár Azpilicueta (c) – 4

Played his role as the more defensive of the two full backs. Relatively quiet in attack with just the one foray forward resulting in a cross.

Andreas Christensen – 4

Caught out for the first goal when Kai Havertz gave the ball away in a dangerous position. Neither he nor Kurt Zouma could scramble quick enough to stop Ings.

Kurt Zouma – 3

Zouma was the more proactive of the centre backs across the match, but a crucial error lead to Southampton’s second goal. A weak back pass set Kepa a task that he wasn’t equal to.

Ben Chilwell – 6

Overlapped effectively and often. Saw an early chance saved by Southampton’s McCarthy, before settling into his role out wide.

N’Golo Kanté – 5

Defensively, Kanté was fine, though he was a little sloppy in possession. No huge errors, just some overly ambitious passing and judgement of attacking runs.

Jorginho – 6

Much the same as Kanté, though a bit more reliable with passing. Earned himself an assist with a seemingly aimless clearance which turned out to be a perfectly weighted ball for Timo Werner to run on to.

Mason Mount – 5

Somewhat overshadowed in the middle by Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic. Played deeper and more out to the left than we’ve seen him so far this season. Made way for Hakim Ziyech at 72’.

Kai Havertz – 6

Off the mark at last. Kai Havertz scored his fourth goal in all competitions this season, but his first in the Premier League. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: THE STANDARD

Scored Chelsea’s final goal with a cool finish from in close. Lost the ball in a bad area for Southampton to score their first. Quite a mixed day for the young German.

Christian Pulisic – 7

The American was back pulling the strings of the front three on his first start of the season. Struggled to get into the match early in the second half, though his through pass for Timo Werner was the making of Chelsea’s third goal.

Timo Werner – 9

Opened his Premier League account with a feint to get in behind and some close control before lashing it in low. Scored his second just 10 minutes with another run in behind. Finished his afternoon’s work with an assist for Havertz, teeing his compatriot up with an unmissable chance.

Substitutes

Hakim Ziyech
Played the final 20 minuted his Premier League debut, coming on out wide for Mason Mount.

Reece James

Brought on with less than five minutes to go for Kai Havertz in an effort to sure up the defence. That didn’t end up working too well. James committed the foul that led to the late equaliser for Southampton. 

Tammy Abraham

Came on for Werner in stoppage time to burn a bit of time and hold the play up should the ball ever get to him.

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