Chelsea: Lampard assesses season ahead of Everton clash
Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after losing to Everton on Saturday night. But how did Frank Lampard’s men get on? Express Sport has all the player ratings here.
Chelsea had arguably one of their worst performances of the season after losing for the first time in 17 matches.
Their last defeat came against another Merseyside outfit in Liverpool and a visit to the city proved unfruitful for the Blues.
It was a chance for Chelsea to go top of the table but Lampard will be fuming his stars underperformed.
His frontline lacked any form of coherence and failed to give the Toffees any real problems – something that has been rare this campaign.
Here are how Chelsea’s players got on that night.
Mendy – 3
This was a rare night to forget for the Senegal international, who was completely at fault for the opener.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was under wraps by Chelsea’s defence before Mendy came charging out of his goal for no reason to obliterate the England international.
James – 7
Perhaps the only player who could hold his head very high after almost playing right-back, winger and midfielder all in one.
Had the best chances for Chelsea, including a strong shot from outside the box that was brilliantly saved by Jordan Pickford.
Zouma – 5
For all of Zouma’s improvements this season, the Frenchman looked like his clumsy self of last campaign at Goodison Park.
Gave away far too many fouls and looked on edge for most of the night, needed calming down.
Silva – 6
The Brazilian was the opposite to his defensive partner – calm and collected.
As Chelsea continued to act nervously, Silva’s experience shone through.
Chilwell – 6
Continued to fly down the left side but could not deliver on what has been a strong start to the season.
But he will be disappointed with his performance, especially considering Everton did not have a recognised right-back playing.
Kante – 7
Another of Chelsea’s better performers as he continues to grow at the base of Lampard’s midfield.
His usual energetic self, Kante will be pivotal throughout the season and keeping him fit must be a priority.
Mount – 6
Plenty of endeavour but could not stamp an authority on the match and provide that transitional play that was needed in midfield.
As a result, the defence just ended up passing to each other over and over.
Kovacic – 6
Similar to Mount, Kovacic was decent when he was on the ball but that just happened too little.
Needed to drop back some to give the defence a pass rather than pushing too far.
Werner – 4
A poor game from the German, who was used across the frontline but was largely anonymous throughout the contest.
His combination work with Havertz had been touted as a real weapon but it has yet to happen.
Giroud – 4
Far too static compared to his opposite number Calvert-Lewin, who was absolutely excellent in comparison.
Havertz – 2
His worst game for Chelsea by far and not surprising to see him hauled off first by Lampard.
Could not string a pass together and looked completely off the pace, it has been a turgid start to life in the Premier League for Chelsea’s record transfer.
Subs: Abraham (5), Gilmour (5).
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