A good three points for the Blues, but the match didn’t go as expected against a team that couldn’t win in the last 8 Premier League matches, and was suffering and even had a heavy loss a few days ago against Leicester City 4-1.
A tough match for the Blues where Southampton was defending well and even was close to scoring and surprised Antonio Conte with their performance and desire today. One goal, but against a tough opponent today.
We will rate our players after every match, here are Chelsea Insider players ratings:
Courtois: Saved Austin’s attempt, a good match. 7/10
Azpilicueta: One of the most underrated defenders in the world. 7/10
Christensen: A bright future is waiting for him, the next John Terry? 7/10
Cahil: Chelsea’s captain isn’t going through his best days. 6/10
Alonso: One of the best players in his position in the Premier League, amazing match and one goal in a critical time. Booked 7/10
Moses: Not as good as the previous matches, giving the ball away in many times. 6/10
N’Golo Kante: Where does Kante get all his energy from? 7/10
Bakayoko: Improved from the previous matches, but wasn’t so lucky in the fouls. He should keep on improving. 6/10
Hazard: Always trying and creating, was marked by Southampton’s defenders and couldn’t move a lot and was close to scoring several times. 7/10
Pedro: Average today, maybe Fabregas is better in such close matches to create and pass. 6/10
Willian: Wasn’t so good in the counter-attacks, a good match but not as much as the last match. 6/10
Fabregas: Was close to scoring and added some touches to the midfield, maybe he had to start today. 5/10
Morata: Was dangerous and close to scoring when he came on the pitch.. 5/10
Zappacosta: No time to impress or change, N/A
Man of the match: None really impressed a lot today, but maybe Marcos Alonso deserves it for giving Chelsea the three points.
Antonio Conte (manager): Average match, maybe Conte didn’t expect Southampton to perform like that, but Chelse has to fix some stuff before the busy fixture in the boxing days. 6/10