Chelsea suffered their first Premier League defeat since Guus Hiddink returned as manager as they were beaten 1-0 by Swansea City. Here’s how we rated the Blues players at the Liberty Stadium.
Asmir Begovic: 6
There were a few troubling moments but also a couple of wonderful saves, with the standout stop coming in the second half when he kept out Jack Cork’s strike. A typically mixed performance which further highlighted his talent but also the need for more consistency.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 5
The normally excellent Spaniard had a forgettable game in which he never got to grips with Jefferson Montero. A rare below-par performance.
Matt Miazga: 5
Having made an impressive debut in the 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa last week, the American centre-back had a miserable afternoon in Wales and was replaced at half-time. He looked shaky and made numerous mistakes – most notably when gifting possession away for a first-half chance for Gylfi Sigurdsson and also with an unconvincing clearance that led to the goal. He was spared further embarrassment by his manager.
Branislav Ivanovic: 6
Was once again captain but despite being the pick of a bad defensive bunch in the first half, he lacked the leadership qualities John Terry would provide. He needed to organise those around him better – particularly Miazga and Baba Rahman, who were both struggling.
Baba Rahman: 5
The left-back clearly has ability on the ball but was once again inconsistent with his delivery and – like all his defensive colleagues – far from convincing when trying to protect his own goal. His positional play and awareness can be hopeless and demonstrates his inexperience.
John Mikel Obi: 7
Miazga’s replacement impressed in an unfamiliar role at centre-back after the interval where, despite his lack of pace, his positional sense, calmness and ability to read the game contributed to an improvement.
Cesc Fabregas: 6
He failed to stamp his authority on the midfield but showed his passing ability and could easily have teed up an equaliser in first-half stoppage time when his delightful pass to Oscar should have led to Pato scoring.
Quiet throughout but as energetic as ever. The winger has shone in recent weeks but made very little impact in a disjointed team display.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7
The young midfielder stood out for both his workrate and ability. Covered a tremendous amount of ground in a bright showing full of spark, enthusiasm and direct running.
Brought tenacity and a willingness to run in behind but being moved from one position to another does little to help his sharpness or confidence and his performance showed that.
Alexandre Pato: 6
Lacks presence as a sole striker but brings movement and quality and both sides came out at the Liberty Stadium. Made a terrible mess of a simple chance before the interval, but was unlucky not to score with an improvised flicked attempt from Pedro’s cross in the second half.
Provided a threat after coming on at the break but could not find a telling pass despite getting into one or two excellent situations.
Bertrand Traore: 5
Lively enough in the closing minutes but did not get enough time to do any damage.