Chelsea threw away a two-goal as Sheffield United battled back in the second half. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6
The Spaniard once again had very little to do and had no chance with either goal, but showed good reflexes to keep out a deflected second-half strike and his distribution was spot on.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5
Azpilicueta was culpable for United’s first goal, when he was way too easily beaten by Enda Stevens in the build up and he generally failed to inspire confidence, particularly when confronted with the pace of Callum Robinson. He did almost tee up a third goal for Abraham after a tricky run and cross in the second half.
Fikayo Tomori: 7
He marked his full Blues debut in steadily impressive fashion, with a mature display that featured several vital blocks, some strong tackling and decent composure on the ball.
Kurt Zouma: 6
The Frenchman defended resolutely until the very end went he into full-on panic mode and swung wildy at Callum Robinson’s cross to gift the visitors a point. It was a shame for Zouma, who otherwise took responsibility in the face of mounting Blades pressure and worked well alongside Tomori.
He was excellent at both ends in the first period, but less influential as United got on top in the final third of the match.
Jorginho ran the game in the first period but got over-ran thereafter as the Blades upped the tempo and pressed higher up the pitch.
Mateo Kovacic: 8
Along with Abraham, Kovacic was Chelsea’s standout player and it was major surprise when he was taken off towards the end with the game still in the balance. He linked play beautifully and played with a belief often lacking last season.
Ross Barkley: 6
He got in some good positions throughout, making several intelligent runs but was unable to find a killer pass. The England midfielder should have done better with a headed chance before the break but failed to connect properly.
Christian Pulisic: 7
The American was tenacious and gritty, proving he has much more to his game than sheer pace and an ability to run at defenders. His defensive work was crucial and he instigated many a promising attack, but try as he might he cannot get a break in front of goal.
Mason Mount: 7
Mount gave another fine showing, particularly in the first half where his defensive work, closing down and awareness stood out. He still looked lively in attack and almost scored with a rasping volley late on but could not add to his Chelsea goal tally.
Tammy Abraham: 9
A performance full of confidence no doubt gained from his double against Norwich last week. Abraham looked dangerous from the off, putting in plenty of work and twice having a sight of goal before his calm opener. His second goal was brilliantly taken and he was unlucky not to end with a hat-trick when his low strike was superbly saved by Dean Henderson.
A much better effort from the Brazilian, who looked much sharper than in his previous substitute appearances after coming on in the final 30 minutes, but he still gave the ball away too cheaply at times.
Michy Batshuayi: 5
He saw very little of the ball after coming on late on and failed to make an impact.
Billy Gilmour: 6
He was given just under ten minutes to show his talents and the debutant made a reasonable fist of it, with some neat touches.