To say Chelsea had a howler of a first-half against West Brom would be a major understatement. The Blues travelled to the Hawthorns hell-bent on bouncing back from the defeat they suffered to Premier League champions Liverpool last weekend.
Blues boss Frank Lampard would have hoped his side would’ve made a solid start to the match. Instead, much to his annoyance, he got the complete opposite.
To the shock of all those watching around the world, the Blues conceded three goals in just 28 minutes.
The west Londoner’s defence, which was being martialed by Thiago Silva for the second time, was completely at sea from the first whistle. The aforementioned Silva had a nightmare first-half and was at fault for West Brom’s second.
The Blues fought back valiantly in the second period, with goals from Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham sparing their blushes.
Check out Express Sport’s Chelsea player ratings for their second away match of the 2020/21 Premier League season below:
Caballero – 6
He may very well have conceded three goals, but there was little the former Manchester City stopper could do to prevent his goal from being breached.
James – 7
Was a constant threat from the right-wing and put in plenty of crosses for Tammy Abraham to try and get on the end of. He was, however, guilty of not closing down Callum Robinson for West Brom’s first.
Christensen – 6
Was all at sea in the first-half but rediscovered his composure in the second to sure up shop and help his side mount a successful comeback.
Thiago Silva – 4
Carelessly gave the ball away for West Brom’s second and didn’t attack the it anywhere near well enough for the Baggie’s third. All in all, it was a terrible Premier League debut for the former PSG man.
Alonso – 5
Endured one the most difficult games of his Blues career and offered very little in terms of an attacking threat, so much so Lampard hooked him at half-time.
Kante – 5
Uncharacteristically failed to take the game by the scruff of the neck and make any sort of impact.
Kovacic – 5
Was completely anonymous for the first half, which prompted Lampard to replace him with Callum Hudson-Odoi
Mount – 8
Got the Blues back in the game ten minutes after the restart with a wonderful strike from outside of the 18-yard box and was a constant threat throughout the second half.
Havertz – 6
Was anonymous for large parts of the game but combined well with Hudson-Odoi to help the winger get the Blues’ second goal of the game.
Abraham – 7
Had a number of chances fall his way but was unable to make the most of the majority of the opportunities. That changed in the 93rd minute when he capitalised on a weak save from Sam Johnstone to tap home the all-important equaliser.
Werner – 6
Had very little service but put in a solid shift for the team given the circumstances.
Azpilicueta – 6
Did the job that was asked of him – helping sure up the defence – and provided more of a threat going forward than Alonso.
Hudson-Odoi – 7
Posed an immediate threat after coming on at half-time and further reduced the arrears in the 70th minute with a sumptuous finish.
Giroud – 5
Was brought on to try and bag the all important equaliser but was unable to get in the game.
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