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.
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.
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.