Player ratings: Chelsea continues to display poor performances in recent weeks after they were held back to a 1-1 draw by Brighton & Hove Albion in a crucial Premier League encounter on Tuesday night.
Thomas Tuchel’s side was second best in every department on the night against the Seagulls. But, they found themselves leading the game courtesy of a brilliant strike from Hakim Ziyech. The lead was whipped out by the hosts in the second half by Adam Webster from a set-piece.
Following this result, the Blues are now in danger of losing out their place in the Champions League. Although they are currently a long way ahead of the fourth-placed West Ham United, they played a few extra games than the other competitors like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Chelsea player ratings against Brighton & Hove Albion:
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6/10
Replaced Edouard Mendy for the Senegalese’s duty in the AFCON. But, the former Bilbao man looked shaky and made a few errors in judgment.
César Azpilicueta – 6/10
The Spaniard failed to contribute going forward and also faced a tough challenge from Marc Cucurella.
Thiago Silva – 6.5/10
Defended extremely well but unfortunately couldn’t keep the clean sheet.
Antonio Rudiger – 6/10
Looked pretty solid and repelled the opposition’s attacking threats on quite a few occasions.
Marcos Alonso – 5.5/10
Struggled to contain Tariq Lamptey and conceded a booking. Overall a disappointing display from the Spaniard.
Jorginho – 5.5/10
The passing was very slow and failed to keep a high tempo in this game.
N’Golo Kante – 6/10
He lacked energy in midfield that allowed the opposition time to play through the Blues’ midfield.
Hakim Ziyech – 6/10
Scored the opener but overall play was very disappointing. Failed to create chances for the striker and was wasteful in possession.
Mason Mount – 5.5/10
Was anonymous and could not make any impact on the game despite playing the full game.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5/10
Had several good situations in the wide areas to deliver a good cross for Romelu Lukaku but did not deliver the ball once and played in-field.
Romelu Lukaku – 5/10
Back to back disappointing performances from the Belgian, and without proper service, he seemed lost and didn’t know what to do.
Mateo Kovacic – 6/10
Showed some energy in the middle of the park and tried to play with a higher tempo but it was not enough to beat Graham Potter’s side.
Kai Havertz – 6/10
Replaced Lukaku in the centre forward position and struggled to do anything positive without proper service.
Timo Werner – 5.5/10
Made a few good runs but the final ball was lacking.