Chelsea FC played out a third consecutive goalless draw on the trot as 10-men Leicester City held them to the 0 – 0 score-line in the Premier League on Saturday. The Blues missed out on a golden opportunity to leapfrog Manchester United to the second spot, more so because the last 20 minutes saw them play against 10 men following defender Ben Chilwell’s marching orders in the 68th minute. Toothless in attack would be the phrase to summarise the defending champions’ woes at Stamford Bridge, and we take a look at how each player fared for the Blues in a rather frustrating outing.
Thibaut Courtois: 7/10
Was busy in the opening few minutes and made a vital save to deny Wilfred Ndidi in the first half. But that proved to be the Fox’s only shot on target as the Belgian remained largely untroubled for the remainder of the game. Did his job well though.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5/10
A surprisingly poor performance from the Spaniard. Jamie Vardy gave him a hard time in the initial stages, and he only found his feet after Leicester went a man down. His crossing was pretty wayward by his standards too.
Gary Cahill: 4/10
Another defender who found the going tough against Vardy, with the Leicester striker often managing to get on the wrong side of him. Made some good blocks, but came off with a hamstring problem after just half an hour of the game.
Antonio Rudiger: 4/10
Probably his worst outing in a blue shirt. Riyad Mahrez exploited the German to good effect, and the defender was often beaten pretty easily. Not a performance that the Blues faithful would want to see again by any means.
Victor Moses: 6/10
Made some good runs and opened up space in front of him on many occasions, but did little else. Failed to create a major impact on the game and was poor in the final third.
Tiemoue Bakayoko: 5/10
You can see he is trying. But it’s still not good enough. Was nervy at times with the ball at his feet, lacking any form of creativity. Made some good interceptions while breaking down play though.
Cesc Fabregas: 6/10
Lacked the creativity that Chelsea so desperately required. Had a few efforts himself in the first half, one of them forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a good save. But came up with some sloppy passes, and was taken off early in the second period.
N’Golo Kante: 7/10
Had a usual busy outing. Worked hard in the middle, as he also had to make up for Fabregas’ underwhelming performance, and pushed forward frequently as well. Came up good against the likes of Ndidi and the rest who were bent on giving the Frenchman a tough time.
Marcos Alonso: 4/10
The Spaniard was industrious, but at times exposed himself to situations he could not deal with. Also did little to help out Rudiger who was being taken to task by Mahrez. His crossing was sub-standard too.
Eden Hazard: 5/10
A very below-par show from Chelsea’s talismanic Belgian. Was missing from large phases of the game, as his passes were sloppy, and he was wasteful with opportunities too. Was substituted just before the hour mark.
Alvaro Morata: 4/10
The Spaniard was once more ineffective in front of goal, and never looked like troubling the score-line to be honest. Maybe the pressure is taking a toll on him, as his positional play was poor too. To be fair though, he hardly received any good service in this match.
Andreas Christensen: 7/10
Came on in the 33rd minute for an injured Cahill and had a calming effect on the backline. Handled Vardy much better than Cahill, and held the fort well for the Blues.
Replaced Hazard just before the hour mark, and looked to get involved a lot. However, he was hardly seen with the ball, failing to make an impact.
Replaced Fabregas in the 58th minute and brought some creativity onto the pitch. Made some good runs with the ball, but could not make anything happen at crucial moments.