Chelsea lost 2-0 to Leicester City in what was an absolutely shambolic performance. What is concerning is that the players seemed out of ideas and low on energy throughout the game. It was a night where nothing worked for Frank Lampard and his men. Things are looking extremely bad for the Blues and Lampard could be on his way out anytime soon, sadly. It was a night to forget for the team overall, but how did each individual perform?
Edouard Mendy (Goalkeeper): 5/10
Edouard Mendy made a couple of decent saves here and there, but there wasn’t much he could have done for the two goals. However, this narrative has been repeating for far too long. The Senegalese is letting too many goals in regularly and things are looking extremely grim for Chelsea at the moment.
Reece James (Right back): 4.5/10
Reece James was a shadow of his true self against Leicester, and that is understandable to an extent considering the fact that he is coming off an injury. The young Englishman failed to find his rhythm and struggled to keep up the tempo of the game. What was even more concerning is that he was often caught out of position. Leicester knew James would be rusty, and used this to full effect.
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Antonio Rudiger (Centerback): 5/10
Antonio Rudiger passed the ball well, barring some initial hiccups. It was a decent performance, yet, it lacked consistency. The German lost aerial battles here and there and lacked a sense of authority in his own box. He was equally responsible for the second goal as the defence made a complete mess.
Thiago Silva (Centerback): 5.5/10
Thiago Silva was having trouble throughout the game. Jamie Vardy kept making runs and Silva tried to keep him in check; Silva struggled in particular with Vardy’s pace. Silva had some good moments where he rescued his side, but overall, a very average performance from the Blues’ leader.
Ben Chilwell (Left back): 5/10
Ben Chilwell was another player that struggled against the Foxes. It just wasn’t his night as his crosses were wayward and he didn’t really offer anything up front. In defence he was a bit better than his fellow defenders, but there are no awards for conceding two goals, especially against his former employers.
Mateo Kovacic (Defensive midfielder): 5.5/10
The decision to field Mateo Kovacic as a defensive fielder backfired to an extent. He wasn’t able to provide ample cover to his back line and Chelsea paid the price for it as the Foxes wreaked havoc in the first half. Kovacic showed lot of energy and desire, but he just couldn’t find the right passes. Lampard needs to figure out his midfield as soon as possible, but that won’t really matter if Roman calls, will it?
Mason Mount (Central midfielder): 6.5/10
Mason Mount is Chelsea’s best player and there are no doubts about it. Mount looked like the only player that actually cared against Leicester. For the past three seasons, several managers have called out the mentality of Blues players. Mount was the one player that looked mentally solid as the others kept making mistakes throughout the game.
Kai Havertz (Central midfielder): 3.5/10
Kai Havertz needs to sort his mess out immediately. He was run past a number of times in midfield against Leicester. Lampard worked on the defensive aspect with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount for a long time and now they are extremely reliable with the ball. Maybe it’s time for Havertz to go back to the training ground and do some defending and physical training. It is clear that the German is struggling immensely. Havertz didn’t do anything relevant through the game and someone needs to figure out his problem and help him out.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (Right winger): 6/10
Hudson-Odoi was given a rare start by Lampard against the Foxes. Just like others, Hudson-Odoi tried to make an impact, but failed to do so. He was one of Chelsea’s better players in attack, but he couldn’t create anything of note and was hauled off after an hour or so.
Tammy Abraham (Striker): 6/10
Tammy Abraham worked extremely hard throughout the game; the issue was that he barely received any service at all.
Christian Pulisic (Left winger): 5.5/10
Against Leicester, it was the same old story for Christian Pulisic: a lot of effort, little to no output. Pulisic just couldn’t breach the opponents’ back line and Timothy Castagne did well to keep him in check. What concerns me is that Pulisic used to be a game-changer last season and he had the ability to win the game with one moment of brilliance. However, he has truly faded away this season as his output has decreased immensely.
Timo Werner (Striker): 5.5/10
The idea of bringing Werner on as a substitute didn’t go over well as the German couldn’t make much of a difference. This team lacks proper game changers and nothing will change, even if a new manager comes. The mentality issue has been there with the squad for the past two to three seasons and nothing will change if the players don’t play with responsibility.
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