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Koulibaly And Havertz Get 7 | Chelsea Players Rated In Derby Defeat Vs Fulham

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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 clashed heads with Fulham at Craven Cottage earlier tonight as they looked to secure a positive result on the road. The Blues made a poor start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 25th minute when Willian found the back of the net. Graham Potter’s side failed to come up with a response and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Kalidou Koulibaly equalised for Chelsea just two minutes into the second half. However, Joao Felix was sent off in the 58th minute which put the Blues at a numerical disadvantage. Carlos Vinicius ended up netting the winning goal for Fulham as Chelsea crashed to a 2-1 derby defeat in the Premier League.

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

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10

The Spanish keeper made one good save during the game but failed to keep a clean sheet in both halves.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 6/10

He did his fair share of defending and made one good chance in the final third.

CB: Thiago Silva – 6.5/10

Silva cleared the danger when needed but struggled to keep the Fulham attackers quiet.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 7/10

He gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field and scored the equaliser for Chelsea early in the second half.

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RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5/10

Azpilicueta didn’t do much wrong at the back and made one good run going forward.

CM: Mason Mount – 6.5/10

He had some lively moments in the final third but didn’t do enough to register a goal.

CM: Denis Zakaria – 6/10

Zakaria anchored the midfield well at times but failed to influence the game in the final third.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 6/10

He made two good chances in the final third but lacked quality off the ball.

LM: Lewis Hall – 6.5/10

Hall did his fair share of defending and was a threat in the final third.

ST: Joao Felix – 6/10

Felix was a constant menace up top but let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 58th minute.

ST: Kai Havertz – 7/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the field but struggled to finish off the chances that fell in his path.

Substitutes:

CM: Jorginho – 6.5/10

Jorginho anchored the midfield with conviction.

CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – 6/10

He added some energy to Chelsea’s midfield.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10

Gallagher made one good tackle.

LB: Marc Cucurella – 6/10

He had one bright moment in the game.

RW: Hakim Ziyech – 6/10

Ziyech was accurate with his passing.

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