Particular person errors from the defence price Chelsea two factors whereas assault struggled to create in an eventful night time in opposition to West Bromwich Albion on the Hawthorns.
In what was imagined to be a simple victory in opposition to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, Chelsea had been let down by their backline who continued to make errors. On the similar time, the assault was not in a position to create regardless of that includes as many as six forwards at one level of the sport. We had been, nevertheless, handled to a six-goal thriller as Chelsea snatched the draw within the final minute.
It began with a really calm scenario, whereby Albion punted the ball excessive up within the air within the type of a cross that by no means met its goal. Marcos Alonso was in a position to comfortably get his header in the direction of the floating ball. Nonetheless, his cross, meant for Thiago Silva, was intercepted by Matheus Pereira, who laid it off for Callum Robinson. The Irishman made no mistake as he hit the shot proper into the underside nook.
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After this, Thiago Silva was the sufferer of poor management, with the ball robbed off his ft by Robinson, who slot it previous Willy Caballero with ease. Two minutes later, Reece James and Alonso mixed to show an effort of horrid man-marking as Kyle Bartley was left free within the six-yard field to faucet within the third fairly effortlessly.
Mason Mount began the revival for Chelsea as he hit an absolute belter previous Sam Johnstone from practically 35 yards out. Fifteen minutes later, Frank Lampard’s males scored one other via a superb mixture play between Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Simply when each groups had been going out of breath, Tammy Abraham popped up free within the field after Mount’s shot was saved by Johnstone to softly poke the ball into the online, thereby finishing the comeback. The scoreline suggests a hard-fought response, however in actuality, it seemed removed from it. We now run the rule over Frank Lampard’s males.
Willy Caballero: 5/10
There was nothing Caballero may do about any of the three targets he conceded, as he was on the tip of unforced errors made by these in entrance of him. Quite the opposite, nevertheless, you would argue a save or two would have confirmed extremely clutch from the Argentine, just as it did against Barnsley; however he did not give you them.
Reece James: 5.5/10
James began on the suitable and confirmed enthusiasm all through the sport, regularly shuttling up the pitch after which down once more to defend. He made a number of runs from the wing and did what any full-back would have in his scenario – spam the field with crosses. He ended the sport with 6 key passes however did not clear the primary man with 14/19 of his crosses. Missing high quality, undoubtedly not amount.
Andreas Christensen: 7/10
Andreas Christensen was arguably the most effective participant on the pitch for Chelsea, which says so much about the remainder of the backline. He was the one one marking gamers and readily studying the sport precisely, and helped clear the hazard a number of instances for Chelsea. The Danish defender was energetic all through the sport and made up floor from his mistake in opposition to Liverpool final week.
Thiago Silva: 3/10
Discuss a debut gone incorrect, speak about Thiago Silva. The Brazilian donned the captain’s armband for Chelsea in opposition to West Brom, however hardly produced a efficiency worthy of it.
The worst of his 73 minutes on the pitch got here when he was not in a position to management a easy cross and was dispossessed by Callum Robinson, who ultimately scored. However greater than that, he received none of his floor duels, none of his aerial duels and was dribbled previous twice.
Marcos Alonso: 1/10
There was not a single factor that went proper for Marcos Alonso within the recreation in opposition to West Brom, which may solely be termed as the ultimate nail within the coffin, with Ben Chilwell set to make the left-back spot his personal imminently. For the primary purpose, he horribly gave up possession in what seemed like a snug header.
Marcos Alonso’s tempo jogs my memory of these bizarre goals by which you’re operating however you simply can’t appear to maneuver ahead.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) September 26, 2020
For the third, he utterly let go of Kyle Bartley within the field and was left ball watching as the identical participant scored. The Spaniard contributed completely nothing in assault, failing to aim a single cross, with 2 of his pictures being off course. Alonso was additionally shockingly sluggish on the overlap, ultimately killing the tempo. Chilwell couldn’t come sooner for Chelsea.
N’Golo Kante: 5/10
It was an off day for a number of the finest gamers on this planet, and that included World Cup winner N’Golo Kante. He began within the double pivot alongside Mateo Kovacic, however did not make an impression within the recreation. He may solely muster 2 interceptions and 4 tackles throughout his 90 minutes on the pitch whereas fouling thrice – one among which was practically transformed.
Mateo Kovacic: 5/10
Chelsea’s Participant of the 12 months final season, Kovacic actually made an impression within the recreation, but it surely was too short-lived to warrant him a better score. Earlier than being subbed off at half-time, Kovacic may very well be regularly seen carrying the ball out of traces of strain and passing with pleasant accuracy. However, Lampard was compelled to play his hand after being 3-0 down and the Croat was the primary sufferer.
Mason Mount: 7/10
For majority of the sport, Mount seemed like the one participant who was placing in an effort. This similar effort paid off later within the second half as he bulged the online with a shocking effort. Not solely did he play in 4 key passes, however Mount additionally basically created Chelsea’s equaliser after discovering area within the field to shoot, together with his effort being saved.
That mentioned, the Englishman’s first-half efficiency was lower than passable as he continued to stay to the byline and tried 8 crosses within the course of, solely one among which met its goal.
Kai Havertz: 5.5/10
German wonderkid Kai Havertz performed in his most popular place in opposition to West Brom, however was unable to create something substantial, as Chelsea carried out the sport from the wing. In consequence, Havertz made only a few runs into the field. He did, nevertheless, get an help late within the recreation enjoying a give-and-go transfer with Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The 🔗-up! 😍
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All mentioned and performed, Havertz could also be new to the membership, however he must take extra accountability whereas on the ball and try tougher passes and riskier runs if he needs to succeed at Stamford Bridge. Nonetheless early days, although.
Timo Werner: 3/10
Timo Werner was unarguably the worst ahead on the pitch for Chelsea in opposition to West Brom, though most of it may very well be trickled all the way down to Frank Lampard, who determined to play the marksman out of place in an try to make Havertz and Tammy Abraham click on once more.
Werner began on the left flank and seemed solely out of his depth with the ball, trying a number of issues whereas pulling off nothing. To make issues worse, he missed what was most likely Chelsea’s finest probability of the sport and an opportunity to make the sport 1-1 early within the first half.
Tammy Abraham: 3/10
It’s truthful to say that Tammy Abraham’s disasterclass was hidden by the late equaliser he grabbed. However, it doesn’t excuse the absence of off the ball motion from him, or the truth that he scuffed two 1v1s within the first half. Furthermore, he received none of his aerial duels or floor duels, and gave away two fouls whereas successful none.
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Cesar Azpilicueta: 5/10
The introduction of Azpilicueta within the second half for Alonso undoubtedly helped Chelsea out, as they seemed steadier and calmer in possession, particularly on the left aspect. The captain did greater than Silva may have hoped for as he changed him because the centre-back, including the much-needed composure to the backline. Oh, and he bought the help for Mount’s unbelievable purpose.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 7/10
Hudson-Odoi got here at half time and was initially deployed because the right-winger, however was unable to seek out anybody within the field or close to it via passes. He got here alive after shifting to the left wing and performed two passes after that, scoring a purpose after a really pleasing one-two with Havertz.
The teen additionally put in a shift defensively and was always monitoring the West Brom wingers, who tried to make a break for it on a number of events.
Oliver Giroud: N/A
One of many comparatively uneventful cameos from Olivier Giroud in his profession, as he didn’t contact the ball greater than ten instances, or play in additional than three passes.