Southampton v Chelsea ratings: Costa and Hazard provide spark

Date published: Sunday 30th October 2016 6:35

Eden Hazard: Scores first in Chelsea win

Eden Hazard: Scores first in Chelsea win

Chelsea moved to fourth in the Premier League table as they ran out comfortable winners over Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

An early goal from Eden Hazard stunned the St Mary’s crowd, and Diego Costa provided a wonderful second for Antonio Conte’s side.

Who impressed for either side, and who was to blame for the Saints first home loss of the season?

Southampton

Fraser Forster: Was beaten by Hazard through his legs and didn’t get close to Costa’s striker. 5

Cuco Martina: Was at fault for the second goal. Gave too much room. 5

Jose Fonte: Seemed a bit behind the pace, but not a horror show. 6

Virgil van Dijk: Didn’t have his usual freedom, but a solid outing. 7

Ryan Bertrand: Tried to be a creative outlet and got forward often, but not to much effect. 6

Oriol Romeu: Made some debatable decisions against his old club. 6

Jordy Clasie: Struggled to impose his style or generate anything of note. 6

Steven Davis: Looked at times like he could create the opener for the Saints, but it never came. 5

Dusan Tadic: Started his usual bright and dynamic self, but faded to obsucrity. 6

Nathan Redmond: Never really got the ball enough, which is strange considering he is a major outlet. 5

Charlie Austin: Had a free header which he should have done better with. 5

Charlie Austin: Happy to seal Saints win

Substitutes

Sofiane Boufal (for Clasie, 61 mins): Scored in midweek but failed to affect the game. 6

Sam McQueen (for Bertrand, 78 mins): Covered well at the back. 6

Pierre Hojberg (for Tadic, 78 mins): Had energy but couldn’t find the key balls. 6

 

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois: Another clean sheet. Made some decent stops, but was not called upon much. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: A little narrow at times, but allowed Moses freedom to push up. 6

David Luiz: Kept the Blues’ defence well organised. 7

Gary Cahill: A completely changed player recently. Another solid performance. 7

Victor Moses: Has become a mainstay in Conte’s XI. Caused havoc again when given space. 7

N’Golo Kante: High-pressure and dynamic both on and off the ball. 7

Nemanja Matic: Looked to move forward and played some good passes. 7

Marcos Alonso: Looks an assured player at wing-back. Creative and composed. 7

Pedro: Ate up space well, in turn providing channels for Costa and Hazard. 6

Diego Costa: A wonderfully taken goal and a very good performance. 7

Eden Hazard: Another classy performance. Took his goal well and set the tone. 8

Substitutes

Willian (for Pedro, 77 mins): Could have added a third late on. 6

Branislav Ivanovic (for Moses, 87 mins): Kept it tight. 6

Michy Batshuayi (for Costa, 88 mins): Wasn’t given much time. 6

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