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Silva And Sterling Get 7.5 | Chelsea Players Rated In Poor Defeat Vs Southampton

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea locked horns with Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to secure a positive result on the road. The Blues made a decent start to the contest as they took the lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s tap-in. However, the Saints managed to equalise just five minutes later via Romeo Lavia’s goal. Adam Armstrong completed the turnaround for the home side as he scored in the first half injury-time. Chelsea went into the half-time break 2-1 down on the scoreline.

Thomas Tuchel’s men tried their best but failed to come up with a response in the second 45 minutes as the contest ended with the Blues suffering a 2-1 loss away from home.

Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player fared during the match against the Saints.

GK: Edouard Mendy – 6.5/10

The Blues’ goalie had to make a few important saves but will be disappointed for conceding two goals in the first half.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10

The Spaniard was a dominant presence in the air and managed to keep things solid at the back. He even engineered one good chance in the final third.

CB: Thiago Silva – 7.5/10

Silva defended his penalty box well and deserves credit for making a few crucial interceptions at the back.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 6.5/10

He cleared the danger when the opposition were on the offensive but struggled to keep the opposition attackers quiet during the 90 minutes.

Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel

LB: Marc Cucurella – 6.5/10

He was solid when defending inside his half and was strong in the air.

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6/10

Loftus-Cheek earned the ball back a couple of times in the first half but got replaced at half-time.

CM: Jorginho – 7/10

The Italy international anchored the midfield with conviction but failed to create enough chances going forward.

CM: Mason Mount – 6.5/10

Mount had a couple of lively moments in the final third but never threatened the opponent’s goal.

RW: Hakim Ziyech – 7/10

Ziyech got back to defend when required but struggled to be decisive in the final third.

ST: Raheem Sterling – 7.5/10

The English talent gave Chelsea the lead in the 23rd minute. However, he produced a lackluster performance in the second half.

Substitutes:

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 6/10

He added some energy to Tuchel’s midfield.

ST: Christian Pulisic – 6/10

Pulisic failed to be clinical in front of the Southampton goal.

LM: Ben Chilwell – 6/10

He was defensively solid after coming off the bench in the 66th minute.

ST: Armando Broja – 6.5/10

Broja had a few bright moments in the final third.

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