Marcos Alonso scored twice as Chelsea threw away a half-time lead before grabbing a late point against Bournemouth. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 2-2 draw.
Willy Caballero: 7
The Argentine once again did all that was asked of him – and a bit more – making a couple of excellent first-half blocks thanks to some fine positional play.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5
Struggled badly in the first half, when he was given major problems by Josh King. Improved after the break but it was still not a good day for the skipper.
Andreas Christensen: 6
Christensen was outjumped for the first Bournemouh goal and looked a little more nervy than he has in recent weeks, perhaps missing the experience and noisy presence of Antonio Rudiger.
Fikayo Tomori: 5
An unconvincing display from Tomori, who was very lucky to get away with an early lapse in concentration from which Phil Billing should scored. The big defender looked a little rusty on his return to the side and was replaced with just under 30 minutes remaining.
Reece James: 8
Some uncharacteristic careless moments with his delivery in attacking areas early on were soon forgotten as he once again showed what a talent he is. James and Alonso were Chelsea’s best attacking players which, although impressive from their perspective, is deeply troubling for the team.
Sluggish in midfield. A real off-day for the Italy international.
Mateo Kovacic: 6
Competed well but was short of his best. Much better in the second half than the first.
Marcos Alonso: 9
A match where the wing-back’s attacking instincts shone and he could have easily ended up with four goals to his name, not just two. As good an attacking full-back as there is to see in the Premier League on a day when his defensive shortcomings were not obvious
Typically busy and industrious, Pedro was as surprise starter and did make an impact with his part in the equaliser, taking up a smart position and striking a sweet shot which led to Alonso’s heading in.
Mason Mount: 6
Nothing much went his way in an attacking sense but he worked hard and tracked back when needed.
Olivier Giroud: 7
The Frenchman was solid with his back to goal and his fine strike came back off the bar for Alonso’s opener. But he missed a glorious chance to double the lead soon after the interval, hopelessly mis-kicking from close range.
Didn’t make much of an impact after coming on just after the hour mark.
Ross Barkley: 6
Did add some much-needed energy in midfield after his introduction.
Michy Batshuayi: 6
Lively after coming on for the final 20 minutes.