On Tuesday, August 30, a determined Southampton team defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the Premier League.
The Saints had four points after their first four games going into this one. Over the weekend, Manchester United defeated Ralph Hassenhutl’s team 2-1. They were looking for a better showing at St. Mary’s Stadium with a mostly untouched team.
Early on, Sterling and Hakim Ziyech showed good ball skills and presented a threat to Bazunu. In the 23rd minute, the latter made the first goal with a strong effort. But the Blues were only able to hold the lead for five minutes. Following a Saints corner, Romeo Lavia, 18, scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box to tie the score.
Following the equalizer, Hassenhutl’s team appeared to play with more energy as Chelsea appeared to lose some of it. Southampton continued to produce baffling passing plays, and they were rewarded right before halftime. After an excellent play got him into the penalty box for the Blues, Romain Perraud assisted Adam Armstrong to give the Saints the lead.
The hosts defended their narrow positional advantage with great passion and character. It led to a much-needed win for Southampton, who are currently matched with Chelsea in terms of points but are ahead on goal differential. Having stated that, let’s examine how the players from the opponent performed.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Mendy’s ball handling and anticipating abilities have significantly decreased, and he appears to be going through a hard spell. He passed the ball with 95% accuracy and made three saves.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5/10
Azpilicueta began in the right-back position, a position he has had experience playing since he was younger. He made one interception and two tackles while winning five of his six duels. He also hit a precise long ball.
Silva began in the center of Chelsea’s defense but frequently found it difficult to compete with a much younger Che Adams. But from a statistical standpoint, he had a great game, making eight clearances, three shot blocks, and three interceptions. Three of his seven duels were victories as well.
Kalidou Koulibaly – 7/10
Adams’ aggressive running and physicality threw Koulibaly for a loop and caused him difficulties. He had a respectable game overall, clearing five times and winning three of his five duels.
Cucurella performed admirably on offense for Chelsea, but he was unable to successfully follow the Saints’ runners to stop them from scoring. He made one interception and one tackle while winning four of his eight duels. He also executed three accurate long balls and two accurate crosses.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6.5/10
Due to a knee injury, Loftus-Cheek played for the first half before being replaced at halftime. During the second half, he could be seen sitting on the bench with an ice bag placed to his knee.
Except for one incident at the conclusion of the first half when Che Adams knocked Jorginho in the face with the ball, Jorginho had a reasonably quiet game. He played for just over an hour, and by his expectations, the game was ordinary. He played two accurate long balls and won six of his nine duels.
Although Mount played rather well, he didn’t exert himself as much as he would have liked. He completed 76% of his passes accurately, including two crucial passes and two long passes. He engaged in seven duels, winning five of them, and two of his shots were blocked.
Raheem Sterling – 7.5/10
Sterling added to his brace from the previous game to maintain his hot streak of scoring, giving Chelsea the lead. In addition, he made two crucial passes and two beautiful crosses during a solid effort.
Havertz did not participate in the action, remaining active for the majority of the game. He attempted two shots, one of which was successful but the other missed the mark, winning four of his ten duels.
Despite being effective on the ball, Ziyech lacked intensity after Chelsea fell behind twice in the opening frame. He completed 80% of his passes accurately, making one crucial pass and three long balls. He also attempted one shot, which missed, and won eight of his twelve duels.
Mateo Kovacic – 7.5/10
As a result of an unplanned injury to Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic was compelled to replace him. As a result of Chelsea having the ball for longer durations after his introduction, the match switched. However, after going behind 2-1 in the game, they were unable to change the score and lost.
Ben Chilwell – 7/10
Chilwell, who replaced Jorginho in the 67th minute, played fairly well. He engaged in two clearances and three tackles while winning four of his seven duels.
Armando Broja – 6.5/10
Midway in the second half, Broja entered the game but blew a great opportunity to tie the score.
Christian Pulisic – 6/10