Chelsea suffered a 3-2 at the hands of West Ham United following non stop action at the London stadium. A brace from Willian wasn’t enough to secure any points for the Blues as Matt Jackson assesses the players on a poor night for Frank Lampard’s men.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 4
Another performance from the Chelsea No.1 which highlights the flaws in his game. He doesn’t command his area and gives no confidence to the back 4. He was nowhere near a ball he should have claimed which Soucek scored from. He made a regulation save from Antonio in the second half but other than pick the ball out of the net 3 times, he didn’t have many saves to make.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 5
Reading the game and tackling is one of Azpilicueta’s strengths and he showed this at times during this game. His major weakness is the ball that comes diagonally from the right hand side. This has caused him problems since the restart and it was evident here when he allowed Soucek to dominate him from set pieces.
Andreas Christensen – 4
After his best performance in a Chelsea shirt against Manchester City, Christensen showed the inconsistencies which have blighted his game in recent seasons. Christensen switched off for West Ham’s second and allowed Michail Antonio to run off him for a simple finish. He was second best to Antonio all game.
Antonio Rudiger – 4
The player you would associate as Chelsea’s best central defender had a night to forget at the London Stadium. He was, along with Christensen and Alonso at fault for the second West Ham goal and he should have showed Yarmolenko onto his right foot for the winner. As soon as he failed to do this it allowed Yarmolenko all the space he needed to win the game.
Marcos Alonso – 2
Summing up Alonso’s performance in one paragraph is difficult but the phrase defensive distasterclass comes to mind. Alonso failed to prevent the cross for the second goal and the laziness at not chasing Yarmolenko back for the winner is sure to frustrate Frank Lampard. Gary Neville in commentary rightly slated Alonso for his willingness to run forward but the polar opposite in the other direction. Alonso’s performance highlights exactly the reason Chelsea have identified a new left back as a priority during the transfer window.
N’Golo Kante – 6
Kante had a quiet game but grew into it more in the second half. Many times he would start the attacks off after intercepting West Ham plays.
Ross Barkley – 5
Barkley didn’t have as much space to work in as he did against Leicester in the FA Cup and was limited in what he offered against West Ham. Substituted in the second half.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
Showed a willingness to drive forward as he has done all season and played some good balls into Christian Pulisic especially. Substituted in the second half.
Willian – 7
A good performance from Willian who troubled Cresswell for most of the evening. Although Fabianski should be doing better, his free kick was well finished and he was a threat throughout.
Tammy Abraham – 5
A quiet evening from Chelsea’s No.9 who wasn’t given an inch from West Ham’s resolute defence. Substituted in the second half.
Christian Pulisic – 8
Chelsea’s stand out performer carried on his post lockdown form into this game and was the best player on the pitch. He was a constant threat that the West Ham defence couldn’t deal with which resulted in him winning the penalty in the first half and the free kick which Willian converted in the second.
Mason Mount – 6
Showed energetic flashes when he came on in the second half and was a threat for the 35 minutes he played.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5
Found himself in good positions at times without delivering the final ball that was needed. Gave the ball away a couple of times which emphasised it was only his third appearance after a year out with a ruptured achilles.
Olivier Giroud – 5
Giroud had more joy against a tiring West Ham defence than his fellow striker Abraham but he had a good chance to put Chelsea 3-2 up that he squandered when the ball was pulled across the box to him.
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