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Chelsea held as 8/10 Mount shines but 5/10 Hudson-Odoi a subbed sub

Chelsea held as 8/10 Mount shines but 5/10 Hudson-Odoi a subbed sub

February 21, 2021 0 By Hitz
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Southampton ended Chelsea‘s five-match winning run to hold them to a 1-1 draw at St Mary’s Stadium.

The Blues were looking to close the gap on the top three in the table — with Southampton on a bad run of form with six straight defeats in the Premier League since the win over Liverpool — but their task became more difficult when Takumi Minamino‘s composed finish put the home side ahead against the run of play.

Mason Mount coolly levelled from the penalty spot after he was tripped by Danny Ings before Jannick Vestergaard hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy beaten all ends up. But it ended level.

Positives

It was a confident start from the visitors who dominated proceedings from the first whistle. The visitor’s injected some much-needed intensity into their play after the break which ensured they remain unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel.

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Negatives

The wasteful Blues produced just one shot on target in the opening 38 minutes — a feeble 40-yard effort from defender Antonio Rudiger — and they were punished by Minamino’s suckerpunch on the counter which could see Tuchel’s men end the weekend outside the top four.

Manager rating out of 10

7 — Surely the Premier League’s noisiest manager on the sidelines, Chelsea have looked a dominant force under Tuchel’s leadership. Despite that, he cut a frustrated figure for large spells, reflected by his decision to bring on — and then off — winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the second half.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Edouard Mendy, 6 — You can’t really hold him responsible for the opening goal, but he didn’t really impose himself either and was floored by Minamino’s tidy footwork. He was more assured to gather a James Ward-Prowse corner, but was thankful to see Vestergaard’s effort shake the bar.

DF Reece James, 6 — He just seems to take the Blues up a gear when he’s available. It was another excellent start from the young full-back who terrorized his opponents with a series of surging runs, but he blazed a good opportunity over the bar late on.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 5 — The Chelsea skipper barely

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