Chelsea’s youthful side continue to go from strength to strength. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 4-1 victory at Southampton.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6
Didn’t have much to do. Could arguably have done better for Southampton’s goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Redeployed at right-back, with Reece James dropping to the bench. Not as dynamic as the youngster but typically solid and dependable.
Kurt Zouma: 5
Definitely should have done better for Southampton’s goal. Caught flat-footed on that occasion and was never really convincing.
Fikayo Tomori: 6
Learning all the time, but was sloppy on occasions. Failed to halt Jan Valeri in the build-up to the Saints goal and was fortunate another goal didn’t follow after he gave the ball away.
Marcos Alonso: 7
Had a very decent game on the left, where he was given plenty of space. Set up the third Chelsea goal for N’Golo Kante.
Not content with pulling the strings in midfield and being involved in the build-up to the opening goal, he prevented a Southampton goal just before the interval with a clearance to deny Danny Ings. Cracking performance.
N’Golo Kante: 8
Got a slice of luck when his shot was deflected in, but Kante’s all-round display was excellent. His return is a welcome one for the Blues.
Mason Mount: 7
A lovely finish for his goal but unable to repeat it when he then missed a sitter. That was a blip – it was another fine Mount showing.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 7
Still regaining his sharpness after injury. Had a couple of sights of goal but was unable to apply the finish. Played an instrumental part in Tammy Abraham’s opener though.
The elder statesman of the side was outstanding. Full of running on and off the ball and was involved in Abraham’s goal before creating Mount’s.
Tammy Abraham: 7
Scored. Again. Also showed the other side of his game by constantly occupying Southampton defenders and creating space for other attacking players.
Michy Batshuayi scored after exchanging passes with fellow late substitute Christian Pulisic, while Mateo Kovacic was neat and tidy after being brought in for the final 11 minutes.