Chelsea suffered a shock defeat at home to West Ham. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 7
Made excellent saves to deny Michail Antonio and Fabian Balbuena. Had no chance for Ryan Cresswell’s goal.
Reece James: 7
Perhaps could have done more to close down Cresswell for the goal, but his overall performance was very good. He was solid defensively and delivered several quality crosses.
Kurt Zouma: 5
Always competitive, but always seemed somewhat vulnerable at the heart of the Chelsea defence and was beaten by Antonio far too often.
Fikayo Tomori: 6
Was also given problems by Antonio but fared slightly better than Zouma and was much more comfortable with the ball.
Emerson Palmieri: 6
Had his hands full in a lively battle with Robert Snodgrass. Started well but faded.
Has been in fine form but this was not one of his better days. Found the going tough in midfield and made little impact before being substituted in the second half.
Mateo Kovacic: 6
Impressive in the first half but West Ham dealt with him much more effectively after the interval.
Mason Mount: 5
Given his place back – and sadly would be fortunate to keep it after a poor display. Gave the ball away a number of times and produced very little of note.
Christian Pulisic: 6
At the centre of most of Chelsea’s best work in the first half, when he missed a great chance by heading over and also created openings for Pedro. Didn’t make much of an impression in the second period though.
Lacking sharpness on his return to the side and it was no surprise when he was replaced by Willian in the second half.
Olivier Giroud: 5
Another player who offered very little before going off. Surprisingly selected rather than Michy Batshuayi in the absence of the injured Tammy Abraham and the decision wasn’t vindicated in any way.
Offered some energy after coming on but created little.
N’Golo Kante: 6
Decent after coming on and his combative spirit was missed before that.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 6
Brought on for Giroud and made no real impact as Chelsea played without a recognised striker for the final 20 minutes or so.