Swansea v Chelsea player ratings

Baba Rahman

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.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Loftus-Cheek was Chelsea’s standout midfielder in a disjointed display

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.

Pedro: 5
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.

Oscar: 6
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.

Kenedy: 6
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.