There’s little use in talking individual player ratings or any of the usual things (even less than normal!).
Instead, let’s take a brief look at the five lowest-rated performances (and the only five under 4.0) in the 6.5-year (!) history of the WAGNH Community Player Ratings, which coincides with the Eden Hazard Era, the Post-Munich Era, call it what you will. (NB. There were no ratings collected on the very rare occasions of untelevised matches, including the 4-2 loss to Bradford City)
Spoiler alert, in case you missed it at the top: this one was the worst, which isn’t surprising given that it’s the second worst loss in the Premier League (proper) that Chelsea have ever suffered.
The takeaway: we’ve had some bad times. But we’re still here. Watch out, future!
3.62 — AFC Bournemouth 4-0 Chelsea (2019.I.30.)
It’s even more “impressive” that Chelsea managed to stink up the place more in just the 45 minutes of the second half than many of the 90 minutes total that are also on this list. Now that’s what I call efficiency!
3.69 — Newcastle United 3-0 Chelsea (2018.V.13.)
Conte’s last Premier League game in charge, which began with Chelsea holding a very tiny chance of still qualifying for the Champions League (Liverpool won so it wouldn’t have mattered in the end), but ended with yet another hilarious collapse. A week later, Chelsea then beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final so yeah, good luck figuring this bunch out.
3.83 — Steaua Bucharest 1-0 Chelsea (2013.III.13.)
There were many nadirs of the Interim Blues, and this was certainly one of them. Chelsea came back to smash Steaua 3-1 in the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16 and would eventually go on to win the competition. We’ll certainly be hoping to repeat that trick later this season.
3.95 — Watford 4-1 Chelsea (2018.II.5.)
Conte may have lost 3-0 to Bournemouth (and asked the club for an official vote of confidence), but it actually got worse from there as 10-man Chelsea were destroyed at Vicarage Road in the next game. In fairness, Chelsea actually equalized in the final ten minutes, despite playing a man down since the 30th minute (Bakayoko taking the prize with a 1.4 individual rating), but Watford took the lead again immediately after Hazard’s equalizer and the Blues folded from there.
3.96 — Chelsea 1-3 Southampton (2015.X.3.)
The Mourinho Season was already in full swing by the time Sadio Mane inspired Saints to their first win at the Bridge in 13 years. Fun fact: this was Falcao’s one and only start in the Premier League (he would play just three more times for us that season for a grand total of 35 minutes, and we would lose all three games).
vs. AFC BOURNEMOUTH (PL, A, L 0-4)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): —
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): —
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): Arrizabalaga (4.8), Kanté (4.5), Loftus-Cheek (4.1, sub)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Azpilicueta (3.9), Higuaín (3.9), Emerson (3.8), Kovačić (3.5), Rüdiger (3.5), Hazard (3.5), Giroud (3.3, sub), Pedro (3.2), Willian (3.2, sub)
SARRIBALLS (0.0-2.9): Jorginho (2.9), David Luiz (2.5)