Chelsea player ratings as Southampton hold frustrated Blues to draw

Chelsea were left frustrated by Southampton with the Blues dominating possession but creating few chances.

Takumi Minamino put the hosts ahead on the south coast through Southampton’s first chance, leaving Liverpool fans understandably excited.

Chelsea drew level early in the second half with Mason Mount scoring from the penalty spot following a foul from Danny Ings.

But Thomas Tuchel’s side created very little for the rest of the 90 minutes despite having over 70 per cent of the possession throughout the match.

And Daily Star Sport have rated the players with the Blues still hanging on to their fourth-place in the Premier League.

Southampton player ratings

Alex McCarthy: Only one save to make but went wrong way for Mount penalty. 7

Jan Bednarek: Used at right back in shuffled defence, he gave a solid display. 7

Mohammed Salisu: Superb afternoon. Always in right place at the right time. 9

Jannick Vestergaard: Marshaled defence brilliantly and almost scored with 70th-minute header against bar. 8

Ryan Bertrand: Ex-Chelsea man looked in for a tough day but got better and better. 7

Moussa Djenepo: In the wars during a bruising clash but never shirked a tackle 7.

James Ward-Prowse: All about the dirty work in his 71st successive appearance for the club. 7

Oriol Romelu: Key stabilising influence in defensive midfield role that few do better. 7

Takumi Minamino: Busy on-loan Liverpool man took the opener quite brilliantly. 8 (Tella 76, 6)

Nathan Redmond: What a pass to set up Minamino’s goal. Close to his very best. 8 (N’Lundulu 90, 6)

Danny Ings: Hitman barely had a kick all afternoon before conceding 52nd-minute penalty. 6 (Adams 85, 6)

Unused Subs: Stephens, Ramsay, Forster, Ferry, Jankewitz, Chauke

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  • Chelsea player ratings

    Eduoard Mendy: Was left on his backside by Minamino trickery for Saints goal. 6

    Cesar Azpilicueta: Suffered same fate as his keeper attempting to block 32nd-minute strike. 6

    Kurt Zouma: First start in Tuchel era went okay until Chelsea conceded. Dangerous at set-pieces. 6

    Antonio Rudiger: Again, looked in total command apart from when exposed by Redmond’s assist. 6

    Reece James: Rare opportunity to impress the boss, the England man missed sitter at death. 7

    N’Golo Kante: Replaced Jorginho in midfield but Frenchman nowhere near his best. 6

    Mateo Kovacic: Kept Chelsea ticking yet lacked a genuine killer pass before subbed. 6 (Jorginho 76, 6)

    Marcos Alonso: Should have scored early – and seemed to go quiet thereafter 6

    Mason Mount: Pick of the Blues team – yet again. Won and scored equalising penalty. 8

    Timo Werner: Gets all the support from Tuchel in dug-out but no cutting edge here. 6

    Tammy Abraham: Desperately quiet afternoon for England striker, who was hooked at break. 5 (Hudson-Odoi 45, 6) (Ziyech 76, 6)

    Unused Subs: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Giroud, Chilwell, Ziyech, Gilmour, Emerson

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