Chelsea fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 against West Brom at The Hawthorns this afternoon. Matthew Hedge gives his player ratings:
Willy Caballero 5/10
I don’t believe Willy Caballero was at fault for any of the goals today. He didn’t have much to do in terms of shot stopping in the game. Distribution was good but not outstanding.
Reece James 3/10
Very disappointing from Reece James today. Often left Diangana with too much room to run at him and in behind. Also believe he was at fault for the 1st and 3rd goal. James failed to close down Callum Robinson for the 1st goal and for 3rd goal failed to play the offside trap leaving Kyle Bartley free at the back post for a simple tap in. In attack his delivery was good but often mistimed.
However, Reece did do well at carrying the ball well up the pitch, which did help us create most of opportunities from the right hand side.
Andreas Christensen 8/10
After last week’s red card many were surprised when Andreas Christensen was named in the starting XI. Today he re-paid the faith shown in him by Frank Lampard with a brilliant performance. Christensen made some good last ditch tackles and won some aerial duels you wouldn’t think hhave expected him to have won last season. I also thought his distribution was good aswell with him making good progressive passes.
Thiago Silva 5/10
Despite today’s game probably being one to forget for Thiago Silva, I didn’t think he was particularly bad. In the first half he was very good in the air and made some good tackles and interceptions. However, his performance will probably be remembered for a howling error in the first half for Robinson’s second goal where he failed to control the ball allowing a free run at goal.
Marcos Alonso 2/10
Another bad game for Marcos to start the season. Defensively to no-one’s surprise Marcos was useless. His mistakes include a poor header giving the ball away for the first goal and a poor clearance which helped generate the third. In attack Alonso offered absolutely nothing he attempted to overlap Timo Werner to no success and when he did get on the ball failed to progress the ball forward and created anything of note.
N’golo Kante 6/10
Wasn’t N’golo Kanté’s worst performance in a Chelsea shirt but it wasn’t his best either. N’golo did well on occasions to break up the play. I actually thought in the second half when Lampard switched to three in midfield N’golo showed good discipline too sit in front of the back four. On the ball at moments he progressed the ball well up the pitch with his dribbling but his progressive passing was something left to be desired with him constantly passing sideways.
Mateo Kovacic 5/10
I don’t believe this was Matteo Kovacic’s best game in a Chelsea shirt. He didn’t offer much defensively but also didn’t neglect his defensive duties with him rarely being caught out of position. Kovacic dribbled well as ever and progressed the ball well up the pitch but his passing often wasn’t quick enough slowing down the attack when in transition in the first half.
Mason Mount 8/10 MOTM
Mason Mount did well receiving the ball on the half turn and most of our chances in the first half came through him. In the second half Mason moved into the middle to play alongside N’golo and Kai, as a result he looked a lot more comfortable. A brilliant strike just on the hour was what ignited the comeback for Chelsea. His ability to fizz the ball into players on the half term was what initiated the second goal. It was also his shoot which lead to the equaliser for Tammy. Also Mount’s work-rate was great as ever with him making himself a real nuisance for the opposing team.
Kai Havertz 7/10
Kai Havertz had a solid game today which was definitely was a step up from his previous Premier League performances. His interplay was key in Chelsea creating any chances in the first half. Although in the first half I did think he picked up the ball in deeper positions rather than on the half turn in the final third – his only negative in a otherwise good performance.
In the second half we saw Havertz drop back to play alongside Mount as attacking 8’s which was key in improving Chelsea’s fortunes in the second half. He was also instrumental for Chelsea’s second goal with him giving a good lay off for Hudson-Odoi to tuck away the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Timo Werner 6/10
It was an average game really for Timo Werner with him again playing from the left hand side for the second game running. Werner made some good runs in behind in the first half which didn’t lead to anything. He did look a bit tentative on the ball with him not really backing his pace when he was in one on one situations. If Timo is to play off the left again he is going to have to improve his runs into the back post because Reece James’s and Hakim Ziyech’s crossing abilities will be useless if there isn’t anyone making runs into these dangerous areas.
Tammy Abraham 5/10
Even though Tammy Abraham did snatch a goal at the end to salvage Chelsea a point it was a disappointing performance from the young striker. Tammy failed to make any good runs in behind and when given the ball failed to holdup the ball like we saw on Wednesday against Barnsley. Another disappointing aspect of Abraham’s game today was his inability in the air, which will seriously need to improve if he wants to make the number 9 position his own this season.
Callum Hudson-Odoi 8/10
A great performance from Callum Hudson-Odoi with him looking back to his best in this game. When Callum came on we saw something we haven’t seen in a while in his game – his fearless nature on the ball with him having the confidence to run at defenders. Hudson-Odoi alternated between the left and right. I think we saw in this game he is clearly much more confident cutting in on his right hand foot. Callum created a few good chances with some good chips to the back post. He took his ownIWD chance well and hopefully we can see that kind of quality finishing throughout this season.
Casear Azpilcueta 6/10
A solid game from Dave. He didn’t really steep a foot wrong. He also I believe brought some stability to the team in the second half which was missing in the first through his leadership. Something to note was when he came on the dangerous Matheus Pereria was very quite for the rest of the game.
Oliver Giroud 5/10
Not much to say about Oliver really came on with 10 minutes to go and didn’t really do much of any note.
Frank Lampard 5/10
I thought Lampard got the starting lineup correct today other than Marcos Alonso. Although the way we defended in the first half was very disappointing and questions do need to be asked of what Frank is doing in training to fix a problem that has been present for the last year. I do think individual errors did make Lampard’s tactics a lot worse then they were in the first half. In the second half substitutions barring Oliver Giroud were perfect.
Frank switched to a 4-3-3 with two attacking 8’s which really helped break down West Brom’s low block and the addition of Hudson-Odoi really added another dynamic to the Chelsea attack which was missing in the first half. The introduction of Giroud was a strange one. It seemed Chelsea switched to a 3-3-4 which did seem unnecessary considering the previous system seemed to be working.