Chelsea entertained Liverpool at Stamford Bridge earlier today looking to earn their first win at home this season. The Pensioners made a slow start to the game and conceded in the 14th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold found the back of the net with a powerful strike from his freekick. Even though Frank Lampard’s men responded positively, they couldn’t find the equaliser and also had a goal disallowed by VAR. Roberto Firmino punished the home side in the 30th minute when he scored with a header from close range.
However, Frank Lampard’s men managed to get a goal back when N’Golo Kante scored with a brilliant finish in the 70th minute. Chelsea got a couple of decent opportunities to equalise late in the game, but the Reds defended valiantly to hang on to the three points during this encounter.
The match finished with the European champions coming away with a 2-1 win from West London.
Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player performed during the match against the Reds.
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 8/10
The Spanish keeper was a rock at the back as he kept his side in the contest. He was also mostly accurate with his ball distribution and did not make any sloppy mistakes inside his penalty area.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10
The Chelsea captain was quite unfortunate to have a goal ruled out in the first half. However, he managed to keep Mane quiet for major periods during the game, which will please his manager.
CB: Andreas Christensen – 5/10
The Danish defender suffered an unfortunate injury after struggling to keep the Liverpool attackers at bay in the first half.
CB: Fikayo Tomori – 7/10
The youngster began the contest a bit slow but came back and put in commanding display in the second half.
LB: Emerson Palmieri – 5/10
The Brazilian full-back got replaced after the first quarter of the match due to injury.
CM: N’Golo Kante – 9/10
The Frenchman was the best player on the field today. He was exceptional going forward with his energy and running from midfield. Kante produced a magical finish in the 70th minute, but unfortunately for Chelsea, it turned out to be a consolation goal.
CM: Jorginho – 6/10
The Italian playmaker kept possession well but didn’t show enough invention with his passes in the Liverpool half.
CM: Matteo Kovacic – 5/10
The Croatia international struggled to keep up with the intensity of the Liverpool midfielders in the first half. However, he did well to put in a much-improved display after the half-time break.
RW: Willian – 5/10
The Brazilian winger was all flash and no substance today as he failed to trouble the Reds backline.
ST: Tammy Abraham – 5/10
The Chelsea youngster could have scored in the first half when he had only Adrian to beat, but his shot was straight at the Liverpool keeper.
LW: Mason Mount – 5/10
He had a quiet game in the first half. The English prospect was more energetic in the second. Mount should have at least hit the target with his attempt in the dying embers of the contest.
LB: Marcos Alonso – 7/10
The Spaniard provided another dimension to the Chelsea attack as he whipped in some inviting crosses into the Liverpool penalty area. Unfortunately for him, none of the Pensioners front players had their shooting boots on.
CB: Kurt Zouma – 7/10
The French defender did not concede after coming on to replace the injured Christensen in the first half.
ST: Michy Batshuayi – 4/10
The Belgian frontman wasted a glorious chance to equalise during the latter stages of the match.
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