Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4
The Spanish goalkeeper returned between the sticks again after Mendy’s thigh issue prevented the new Chelsea keeper from participating. Kepa had a good couple of saves early in the first half but completely capitulated in the second. His errors continued to pile up and was culpable in the second and third goals. Another questionable and forgettable night for the Spaniard.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
The Chelsea skipper patrolled his area with fierceness and ferocity but nevertheless still managed to look shaky defensively. He let Danny Ings get the better of him on several of occasions allowing Southampton to get opportunities on goal. Azpilicueta failed to maintain his backline in order and really could’ve done better overall to keep his team more composed.
Kurt Zouma – 5
The French centre-back has been one of Chelsea’s best defenders in the last month but his recent showing blurred any praise we have had for him so far. Kurt Zouma’s poor touch in our own half cost the Blues a goal after failing to clear the ball out of play. Zouma looked strong in the air but did not look convincing on the ground.
Andreas Christensen – 5
Andreas returned to the side as Thiago Silva’s was rested from recent International duty. Andreas was alert on a lot of the Saints balls inside our box and disrupted several build up attacks. Despite this, the Danish defender was on fault for various mistakes including a poor clearance that opened up a chance for the away side to score. Christensen was one of the many culprits for the team’s poor defensive showing.
Ben Chilwell – 7
Ben was proximately our most composed defender out of all 4 Chelsea players and was able to contribute an assist for the night. His involvement early in the first half caused Southampton’s all sorts of problems down the left hand side. His deliveries inside the box were promising and almost gave Timo Werner a hat trick. He completed the most successful passes in the match notching a 81% pass success rate and 66 accurate passes.
Jorginho – 7
The Italian midfielder was pivotal in the first half after successfully putting a wonderful long range pass to Werner who was able to capitalize and put the blues up 2-0. Jorginho finished the night with 10 interceptions and a 85% pass rate. In the latter parts of the second half, Jorginho failed to deal with the Saints physicality and intensity and was disposed in key moments of the match.
N’golo Kanté – 6
Our reliable midfielder looked gassed and fatigued arriving late on challenges on a more than one occasion. N’golo was a doubt for this game after getting dropped in the midweek for France with reports indicating he suffered a small minor injury. Kanté was sluggish and and sloppy giving the ball away various times and made it difficult for Chelsea to break Southampton’s narrow and compact lines.
Kai Havertz – 6
The German International looked fluid and bright in the first opening spell linking up well with his attack. Kai’s lackadaisical demeanor cost Chelsea a goal in the last few minutes of the first half after losing possession in the middle of the park. Havertz and Werner were able produce a moment of magic and get Chelsea a 3rd goal minutes after Chelsea conceded their second shortly before.
Mason Mount – 6
A surprising inclusion the eleven after starting in England’s last two International matches. Mason worked well off the ball and his vibrant energy allowed Chelsea to press effectively in the first half. His stamina heavily decreased in the second half and wasn’t able to help Chelsea break Southampton’s press. He was subbed on for Hakim Ziyech in the 72nd minute.
Christian Pulisic – 6
Our new #10 started the game effectively and was a huge focal point in our attack when Chelsea was dominating the game. Christian’s quick feet placed him in dangerous areas causing havoc on Ralph’s Hassenhüttl’s side. His participation in the second half, like many others, deteriorated and wasn’t able impact the pitch as much as he did earlier. Despite not being in the final third, the American tracked back and did his due diligence defensively. Pulisic had few moments of brilliance and demonstrated how he can be so influential for the team going forward.
Timo Werner – 9
Our new German striker opened up his official Premier League account in extraordinary fashion after playing a dummy and getting away from his defender. He then proceeded to stay calm and composed and put in the back of the net and put the Blues up 1-0. Jorginho’s sublime pass gave Werner his second goal with the German getting the best out of Southampton’s keeper, Alex McCarthy. Werner was a constant threat for Chelsea on the break and almost could’ve had a hat trick if he wasn’t ruled offside.
Hakim Ziyech- 6
The Moroccan midfielder finally made his official debut for the club after coming on in the 72nd minute for Mason Mount. Ziyech looked poised and energetic in his first spell of minutes but Southampton’s relentless pressure denied the talented midfielder to get on the ball as much.
Reece James – N/A
Reece was substituted in the 87th minute to help stabilize our midfield and give more cover for Jorginho and Kanté. His introduction came in a little too late as the Saints were already all over the Blues pinning us back in our own half.
Tammy Abraham – N/A
The young English striker came on for Timo Werner in the 90th minute and did not get enough minutes for a proper rating.