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Southampton vs. Chelsea, Player Ratings: Ivanović, Fàbregas shine in lowest rated win of the season

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1. BRANISLAV IVANOVIĆ - DC 7.9
Minutes played90
Touches51
Passes30/36
Shots1*/1
Clearances6/8
Aerial duels7/10
Block+INT+RECs7
It took 40 games, but Branislav Ivanović has finally made it onto the WAGNH community player ratings podium.  To the very top of the podium in fact!  I wasn't sure this was going to happen at all this season.  He was the last first-team regular to do so; the only player currently in the squad who hasn't done it yet is Bertrand Traoré and he's only made 7 appearances.

2. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC 7.5
Minutes played90
Touches142
Passes111/133
Shots1*/2
Tackles4
Block+INT+RECs12
Fàbregas's good form also continues, despite it still being the second half of the season.  Though I suppose that's a fitting development for a season where up is down, down is up, left is right, right is left, etc.  Whatever the reason, not even two terrible midfield giveaways could take the shine off Cesc's latest majestic passing display.  He even found the time to lead the team in tackles.

Mikel may be getting most of Hiddink's praise for our improved midfield, but Fàbregas has been largely impressive as well since being subbed off at half-time in the interim manager's first match in charge.  Two goals and three assists in the last nine for Cesc, while completing the full 90 each time.

3. GARY CAHILL - DC 7.1
Minutes played90
Touches40
Passes21/28
Clearances9/10
Aerial duels6/6
Block+INT+RECs4
Cahill sneaks in at third, just ahead of Willian and Kenedy.  With only these five players rated at 7.0 or higher, this win, despite the comeback and the mood-lifting goal at the end, is the lowest rated win of the season.

It has not been Cahill's best season for Chelsea — and I wasn't particularly impressed with him on Saturday, with that awkward play on Pellè standing out as a sore thumb — but with Zouma out the rest of the way, we're going to need him to rediscover some of his solidity and consistency from years past.  Terry's return should help in that regard.

STARTERS:
Courtois (6.3), Baba (4.5), Ivanović (7.9), Cahill (7.1), Azpilicueta (6.6), Mikel (6.8), Fàbregas (7.5), Pedro (5.3), Willian (7.1), Hazard (6.9), Costa (6.9)

SUBS:
Oscar (6.2), Kenedy (7.0), Matić (5.7)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings southampton A