Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: Player ratings as Blues move into second

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: Player ratings as the Blues narrowed Arsenal's lead to four points

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea
3
Southampton
1

Chelsea

Petr Cech Caught out for the early goal, had very little else to do. Composed and commanding when called upon. 6/10

Cesar Azpilicueta Continues to impress as a fill-in left back. Quick on the overlap, good eye for a pass, and tidy in defence. 6

John Terry Marked his 400th Premier League appearance with a fantastic header which looped into the net. The vocal presence in defence, proving last season’s nightmare to be a blip. Lead from the back. 8

Gary Cahill Scored the equaliser – his first Premier League goal of 2013. Great reader of the game, gets up well at corners and is forming a formidable partnership with Terry. 7

Branislav Ivanovic Floated too far up the pitch for Southampton’s goal, but screwed his head on for the rest of the match. Had some fascinating tussles with Shaw in a back and forth duel. 6

Michael Essien Brought in from the wilderness as the midfield anchor, Essien took just 10 seconds to show why he’s not played much. Needlessly volleyed an underweighted pass towards his own goal which let Rodriguez in. Bumbled around the middle of the pitch after that, got himself booked, and was hauled off at half-time. Might be a while before we see him again. 4

Ramires (Man of the match) Everything good Chelsea did came through the Brazilian. The engine of the side, winning the midfield battle and storming up the pitch to join in attacks. Did excellently for the third goal, and can be proud of a near perfect performance. 9

Juan Mata Looked like he hadn’t played in a while. Struggled to reach his normally high standard, but looked tidy in tight spots, and provided the perfect cross for Terry’s goal. Quiet first half but impressed after the break. Still a fan favourite. 8

Oscar Forced Boruc into a couple of fine saves before getting injured and being replaced before half-time. Much of what we’ve come to expect of Oscar, though. 7

Eden Hazard Would benefit from taking his man on instead of cutting inside so much, but once again was a constant threat for his side. 7

Fernando Torres Made himself a nuisance and forced Boruc into a fine one-handed save. Retained the ball well, and a goal would have been the icing on the cake. 7

Substitutes

Frank Lampard On for Oscar, played a more defensive midfield role. Lost the ball a few times but showed his maturity by volleying the ball back out to Mata for Terry’s goal. Composed. 6

Demba BaGave Mourinho exactly what he wanted. Put himself about, hit the post, and took his goal well. Loves playing Southampton. 7

John Obi Mikel Quiet afternoon, brought on for Torres to see the game out. N/A

Southampton

Artur Boruc Made fine saves from Torres and Oscar, couldn’t do much for the Cahill goal and injured himself in the process. Better performance. 6

Luke Shaw Ran and ran and ran. Got the better of Ivanovic several times, showed strength and maturity which defied his age. Chelsea could do worse in targeting him as Ashley Cole’s replacement. 7

Dejan Lovren Quiet night for the thus-far impressive Croatian. Dealt well with Torres and has a good partnership going with Fonte. Tired towards the end. 6

Jose Fonte Similar to Lovren, did well for much of the game except for the goals. Let Ba get goalside for the third goal, and was outmuscled by Cahill earlier on. 6

Nathaniel Clyne Great range of passing, struggled with Hazard. Still improving as a player, and will learn from today. 5

Morgan Schneiderlin Battled with Ramires and often came out second best. Comfortable in possession however, and has a real eye for a pass. 6

Victor Wanyama Cleaned up well, but offered very little in attack. Didn’t do much of note. 6

James Ward-Prowse Another impressive showing from the youngster. Went close from a free-kick and skipped past Essien several times in the first half. Faded, and was replaced midway through the second. 7

Adam Lallana Quiet night for the England international, but linked play well. Crowded out in the final third of the pitch. 6

Jay Rodriguez Showed more of the same form which got him his call up to the England squad. Poacher’s finish after 13 seconds and made some penetrative runs. Couldn’t quite find the final ball after his goal. 7

Dani Osvaldo Confused the Chelsea defence with his runs, but didn’t make much on an impact on the Chelsea goal. Tall and strong, Osvaldo could yet come good for Southampton. 6

Substitutes

Rickie Lambert Didn’t get much of a chance to shine as Chelsea dominated the second half. 5

Paulo Gazzaniga Called into action with the withdrawal of Artur Boruc, and could do nothing about the Terry and Ba goals. 5

Steven Davis Tried to shore up the midfield, but was completely overrun by Ramires and Lampard. 5

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