There is arguably a general consensus amongst Chelsea fans that their side dropped two valuable points in the 1-1 draw with Southampton, but they can find solace in the fact that their side also extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points.
Diego Costa’s 11th minute goal was cancelled out by Dusan Tadic’s penalty effort 8 minutes later, and Chelsea were poor for the rest of the first half. Jose Mourinho’s side improved substantially after the interval, but Fraser Forster was in fine form for Southampton, and made numerous impressive saves which ultimately denied the Blues the desired three points.
Courtois – 8 – The Belgian made several impressive saves, and continues to be a standout performer for Chelsea.
Ivanovic – 6 – Provided a very good cross for Costa’s goal, but Southampton were able to repeatedly make use of the left flank he was meant to be protecting. Arguably guilty of simulation as well.
Cahill – 4 – Another poor performance from the Englishman, and Mourinho must now once again consider replacing him with Kurt Zouma.
Terry – 7 – Despite his age, Terry continues to be a defensive stalwart for Chelsea. He made several defensive headers, while his forward passing was accurate.
Azpilicueta – 7 – The Spaniard was defensively solid throughout the match, and had a good effort saved by Forster.
Matic – 2 – The 26-year-old was a liability from the start of the match until he was substituted in the 2nd half. He gave away multiple fouls, most notably the challenge on Sadio Mane which led to Southampton’s penalty, and was fortunate not to be sent off.
Fabregas – 3 – The Spaniard was dispossessed on several occasions and his passing was well below his usual high standard.
Willian – 5 – Once again displayed his trademark tenacity, but he did not offer much of an attacking threat.
Oscar – 5 – The 23-year-old was not entirely toothless in attack, but was anonymous for long periods.
Hazard – 8.5 – The Belgian was Chelsea’s man of the match, and was at the heart of most, if not all of the Blues’ attacks, including the move which led to Costa’s goal.
Costa – 6 – Should receive praise for scoring his 18th goal of the season, but the 26-year-old did not offer much else.
Ramires – 7 – The Brazilian added some much-needed energy in midfield, and as a result, he changed the complexion of the match.
Remy – 5 – The Frenchman had an effort saved by Forster, but he did not have much of an impact.
Cuadrado – 1 – The 26-year-old was very poor. He was toothless in attack, and was bullied off the ball far too easily.
Jose Mourinho’s side can now rest until Sunday when they face Hull at the KC Stadium, and Chelsea fans will hope that the Blues can regain momentum in the title race.