Chelsea player ratings v Southampton: 28-year-old is stunning 9/10
By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the Chelsea players for their performances in their 4-2 win against Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
Thibaut Courtois 6 – The Belgian shot-stopper was rarely called upon by the away side’s attack but when he had to, he made some good saves to keep his side ahead. There were a number of times that he opted to try and punch away crosses instead of catch them, though.
Cesar Azpilicueta 7 – Definitely the sharpest member of Chelsea’s backline. He coped with the threat of Sofiane Boufal with ease.
David Luiz 6 – The ex-PSG defender appeared to lose his concentration a few times and gave away a number of silly fouls.
Gary Cahill 7 – Not a lot was expected of Cahill, who was coming back into the Chelsea team after suffering with illness. However he scored a brilliant header to get his fifth league goal of the campaign.
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Victor Moses 6 – Always lively and always threatening. Moses has perhaps been the most improved player this season and looked a constant threat to Claude Puel’s side.
N’Golo Kante 7 – It’s hard not to watch Kante without being thoroughly impressed. He is usually brilliant off the ball but, on Tuesday, his dribbling ability left the Saints defence in awe at times.
Nemanja Matic 6 – Matic was probably man of the match in the win against Tottenham but he wasn’t quite at that level on Tuesday night. He didn’t do enough, especially in the first half, to break down the Saints attack.
Marcos Alonso 5 – The 26-year-old completely lost track of Oriol Romeu and left him unmarked to grab Southampton’s equaliser. He did well to find Cahill with a header to assist his goal but it was largely a miserable display from the Spaniard.
Cesc Fabregas 8 – It’s hard to see how Fabregas hasn’t featured a lot for Chelsea this season. His passing against Southampton was brilliant and supplied a beautiful assist to break Diego Costa’s dry run.
Eden Hazard 8 – The Belgian playmaker proved to everyone that he is truly one of the Premier League’s best players against the Saints. His early strike was beautifully hit and left Fraser Forster no chance of saving it.
Diego Costa 9 – The 28-year-old inked up perfectly with Hazard throughout the game and thoroughly deserved his stunning brace. Costa showed that he is a striker that deserves to play for one of the country’s biggest clubs with both his creative play and finishing nous. Man of the match.
Pedro (on for Cesc Fabregas 77min) – 6
John Terry (on for Victor Moses 86min) – 6
Willian (on for Eden Hazard 89min) – 6
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