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Chelsea 1-0 Southampton, Player Ratings: Solid across the board

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Chelsea v Southampton - Premier League

1. MARCOS ALONSO (8.3)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 77
Passes: 43/51
Shots: 3*/6
Blocks+INTs: 3

Solid ratings across the board once again in this one, except for the goalscorer Marcos Alonso, who stands clearly above. It’s certainly well deserved even if player ratings tend to overweight goal impact and goal scorers. Alonso has been quietly excellent this season just as the last, as he continues to put in tireless shift after shift up and down the left flank without help, relief, or backup in sight.

Bonus point for getting yellow carded in the dying moments for time-wasting, which lets him serve the suspension for five cautions in the League Cup instead of the Premier League.

2. CESC FÀBREGAS (7.4)

Minutes: 23
Touches: 34
Passes: 19/21
Shots: 1/3
Take-ons: 2/2

Three players finished on 7.4 (with a fourth, Christensen, just missing out due to rounding), witth Fàbregas edging the others by a couple hundredths after he came off the bench to make his usual positive impact. While Cesc has played a ton of minutes this year — this two-game stretch on the bench is actually the least he’s played all season — I continue to prefer him coming off the bench either to help Chelsea see out games or help us find late goals.

3. WILLIAN (7.4)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 87
Passes: 41/54
Shots: 0/4
Take-ons: 7/14

Check out Willian’s Hazardian take-on numbers!

(P.S.: Courtois was somehow left off the ratings sheet; he was given the team average of 7.1 since he basically had nothing to do beyond that one Austin save.)


STARTERS: Courtois (7.1), Cahill (6.9), Christensen (7.3), Azpilicueta (7.1), Alonso (8.3), Kanté (7.4), Bakayoko (7.1), Moses (6.8), Pedro (6.7), Hazard (7.0), Willian (7.4)

SUBSTITUTES: Fàbregas (7.4), Morata (6.8), Zappacosta (6.3)

OVERALL:

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