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December 1, 2013 11:10 AM EST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 41568‎
 
55′ Gary Cahill
62′ John Terry
 
90′ Demba Ba
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 3-1 Southampton

The Blues recorded their second-straight Premier League wins to avoid losing ground on Arsenal courtesy of goals from Gary Cahill, John Terry and Demba Ba late.

By Liam Twomey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    12
    2
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Powerless to stop Rodriguez giving Southampton the lead 13 seconds in and was otherwise solid.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    22
    0
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Kept Rodriguez under lock and key whenever he stuck to the left flank - which, admittedly, was not often. Once again offered little in the way of quality going forward though.

  • Gary Cahill
    18
    0
    3.50

    Gary Cahill

    Slow to react to Essien's suicidal pass for the Rodriguez goal, but looked relatively assured after that. Did very well to direct Ba's rebound into the net for the equalizer.

  • John Terry
    21
    0
    4.00

    John Terry

    Led the defense well and could do nothing to prevent Essien's mistake being punished. Scored a superb header on his 400th Premier League appearance.

  • César Azpilicueta
    14
    0
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Once again acquitted himself well at left-back, though his natural right-footedness means he cannot provide much of an attacking outlet from that position.

  • Michael Essien
    13
    11
    1.00

    Michael Essien Flop of the Match

    Looked predictably rusty given his lack of first-team action and paid a high price almost immediately. To his credit, he never tried to hide, but this was a dreadful performance and it was no surprise to see him hauled off at the break.

  • Ramires
    13
    0
    4.00

    Ramires

    Was integral to Chelsea's ability to compete with Southampton's high-intensity midfield pressing, though he once again exhibited his worrying tendency to commit silly fouls in dangerous areas. Upped his game in the second half and ran all over Southampton.

  • Oscar
    10
    3
    2.50

    Oscar

    Once again looked jaded before an ankle injury brought a premature end to his afternoon.

  • Eden Hazard
    15
    1
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    His close control was, as ever, sublime and he constantly worried the Southampton defense without being at his most decisive.

  • Fernando Torres
    37
    1
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    A bundle of energy up front, pressuring the Southampton defense into mistakes and playing a key role in the waves of pressure which led to Chelsea's goals.

  • Juan Mata
    26
    2
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Endured a poor first half, with his passing and set-piece delivery particularly wayward. He never wilted from the challenge though and improved hugely after the break - both goals came from his corners.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    14
    1
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Brought on in place of Ramires to help his team gain a foothold in midfield and did just that. Swung in a couple of dangerous free kicks too.

  • Demba Ba
    23
    1
    4.50

    Demba Ba Top of the Match

    His movement, physicality and application made him an absolute nightmare for the Southampton defense. Deserved his goal and his introduction changed the game.

  • Artur Boruc
    5
    2
    3.00

    Artur Boruc

    Avoided the kind of howler which marred his performance against Arsenal and made one stunning save to deny Torres, but a hand injury brought his game to an end after 58 minutes.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    3
    2
    3.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Got forward well early on but found himself pinned back by Hazard for the rest of the game.

  • Dejan Lovren
    9
    2
    3.50

    Dejan Lovren

    Made countless excellent interceptions, headers and tackles only for his team to be undone from set pieces.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    3
    2
    3.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Stood up to Chelsea's aerial barrage very well, though Ba's introduction gave him big problems.

  • Luke Shaw
    7
    2
    3.50

    Luke Shaw

    Delivered another performance which will surely impress his boyhood club. Strong defensively and showed fantastic energy up and down the left flank all game. With Cole getting no younger, Chelsea should move heaven and earth to sign him.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    3
    3
    3.50

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    As assured and intelligent in midfield as ever, but was taken off on 67 minutes with his team chasing the game.

  • Victor Wanyama
    7
    1
    3.50

    Victor Wanyama

    A far more effective physical presence than Essien and his passing is better than many give him credit for.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    3
    3
    3.00

    James Ward-Prowse

    His crossing technique is a joy to watch and caused Chelsea all sorts of problems. Replaced by Davis on 63 minutes.

  • Adam Lallana
    2
    3
    2.50

    Adam Lallana

    Neat and tidy on the ball but failed to make any real impact on this game.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    4
    2
    3.50

    Jay Rodriguez

    Switched on from the first second and got his reward, stroking home a goal which was easy only because of his superb anticipation. Pretty well shackled by Ivanovic thereafter.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    1
    5
    2.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    The decision to start him ahead of Lambert was a surprise, and the gamble did not pay off as he was only ever on the periphery.

Substitutions

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
    4
    2
    3.00

    Paulo Gazzaniga

    Unexpectedly called into action when Boruc was injured on the hour and fared reasonably well. Could do nothing about Terry's header and was surprised by Ba's sliding finish.

  • Steven Davis
    2
    2
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Replaced Ward-Prowse but was unable to offer anything more than fresh legs.

  • Rickie Lambert
    5
    1
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Had dangerous moments when he came on, but the tide of the game had already turned. Perhaps Pochettino will regret not starting him.

Results
 
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16 0
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