From 3-0 down at half time to 3-3 at full time. The first draw of the Premier League season saw Chelsea atone for their first half errors with a strong second half against West Bromwich Albion.
Willy Caballero – 3
Given the nod to start ahead of Kepa and new man Edouard Mendy in goal. Sold up the river without a paddle by his defenders for all three goals. Maybe he could have done more, but all three were made very easy for West Brom.
Reece James – 2
Got booked, then left Bartley alone at the corner for their third goal. He improved in the second half, but was still shaky. His corner delivery was poor all match long too.
Andreas Christensen – 4
The only starting defender not directly at fault for a goal. Drove forward with the ball a few times, but nothing too dangerous.
Thiago Silva (c) – 3
Handed the captain’s armband and given the task of marshalling the back four on his Premier League debut. Unfortunately, Silva struggled in the first half. He gifted possession back to West Brom for their second goal. Looked a lot more steady in the second half before coming off for Olivier Giroud in the 73rd minute.
Marcos Alonso – 1
He headed the ball back to West Brom for their first goal inside four minutes and was booked for dragging back Ajayi soon after. He didn’t offer enough going forward and was hooked at half time.
N’Golo Kanté – 5
Kanté was everywhere he needed to be in both attack and defence, covering for players out of position. He did a bit more with the ball than he has so far this season, but again it was his work rate that stood out.
Matteo Kovačić – 4
He didn’t do a lot wrong screening the midfield and holding possession, but Kanté and Mount did more. Kovačić was taken off at half time to bring on Hudson-Odoi in an attacking move.
Mason Mount – 7
The best of the forward group of players. He looked the most dangerous in the first half, for no reward. Mount eventually scored Chelsea’s first goal of the night at 55’ with a strike from range out on the left. Inadvertently set up Abraham’s equaliser with a low shot that was saved by Johnstone.
Kai Havertz – 5
After a mid week hat-trick in the Carabao Cup, Havertz was relatively quiet tonight. He did link up well with Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s second goal.
Timo Werner – 4
Werner struggled to get on the ball for long stretches as he drifted in and out of the match. Looked dangerous when he had the ball, but that wasn’t often enough.
Tammy Abraham – 5
Scored a tap in to equalise in stoppage time after a night of hard work. Had a golden chance to open Chelsea’s scoring in the first half, but he blazed it over the bar. Mercifully, that wasn’t his only chance to score.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Came on at half time for Alonso at left back and took the captain’s band off Silva. The back four looked a lot more stable with Azpilicueta’s injection.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 6
Came on for Matteo Kovačić, moved to right wing. Scored Chelsea’s second at 70’ after a tidy one-two pass with Havertz.
Brought on with 15’ to go for Silva in an attacking reshuffle.