Southampton 0 Chelsea 3: Player ratings

Southampton 0 Chelsea 3: Player ratings as Oscar stars for the Blues at St Mary's

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Southampton
0
Chelsea
3

Southampton

Kelvin Davis Quick off his line to deny Ramires and Hazard and showed off some acrobatics to deny the former. Will be disappointed not to have stopped the third goal. 6/10

Calum Chambers Incredibly mature performance from the 18-year-old as he kept tabs on the likes of Schurrle and Hazard. Unfortunate deflection carried Oscar’s cross onto the post for Torres’ goal. 7

Jose Fonte Looked increasingly shaky as Chelsea ramped up the pressure, particularly in the aftermath of the first goal. 5

Dejan Lovren Took a nasty blow to the face after colliding with team mate Fonte early on. Was a little slow to close down Willian for the second goal. 5

Luke Shaw Blistering pace constantly forced Mata backwards as the Spaniard struggled to make an impression on the match. Went off injured at half-time. 7

Jack Cork Broke up play with some crucial interceptions. Substituted as his side went in search of goals. 6

Morgan Schneiderlin Far from the Frenchman’s best game, he wasted a good opportunity with his head and looked unusually short of ideas in the middle. 5

Steven Davis Set-piece delivery was decent and he looked calm and composed when put under pressure. 6

Gaston Ramirez Looked revitalised on his first start of the season and built on his goal at Everton with a solid display, although his lack of game time took its toll as he faded. Booked for a late challenge on Cole. 6

Adam Lallana Showed some nimble touches as he tried to orchestrate Southampton’s play but ultimately could not carve out a breakthrough. 6

Jay Rodriguez Horrible touch let him down when played through by Ramirez in an otherwise quiet performance. 5

Substitutes

Nathaniel Clyne Did a decent job playing out of position but was nowhere near as effective as Shaw. 6

Rickie Lambert Struggled to make an impact after coming on. 5

James Ward-Prowse Showed a useful range of passing but was introduced during a tough period for his side. 6

Chelsea

Petr Cech Commanded his area well with some impressive punches when under pressure from corners. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta His pace in defensive recovery constantly frustrated the home side’s attacking players. 7

Gary Cahill A very sound display. His positioning was first class as he mopped up the Saints’ balls from wide. 7

John Terry Marshalled his defence superbly. Exactly the sort of performance that has had people calling for him to end his international retirement. 8

Ashley Cole A good block to deny Lallana’s goal-bound shout was the highlight of a confidence-boosting display. 7

John Obi Mikel Adapted well to the conditions, making his presence felt in midfield as he put in some crunching tackles. 7

Ramires Bossed the midfield with his tireless running. Unlucky to see a good strike from 25-yards turned over by Davis. 7

Juan Mata Subtituted after a very underwhelming display in which he was not given an inch by Shaw. 5

Andre Schurrle Really quiet display from the German as Chambers completely nullified him. His withdrawal was key in Chelsea’s late onslaught. 5

Eden Hazard Showed glimpses of class but not the best showing from the Belgian as he made hard work of taking men on. 6

Fernando Torres Movement was sharp but his end product was often wayward, most notably when he blazed a glorious chance over. In the right place to tap in an unmissable chance. 7

Substitutes

Oscar (man of the match) Changed the game. Controversially booked for a theatrical tumble over Davis. Claimed two assists, although one was very fortuitous and kept his composure to add a third. 8

Willian Very well taken goal as he finished from the edge of the box with power and precision. 7

Michael Essien N/A

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