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Begovic 5- Not a great deal he could have done with any of the goals.

Ivanovic 3- Utterly dreadful.

Cahill 4- Poor marking and defending generally.

Terry 4- Not a good return to the team, made a big mistake for the second Southampton goal.

Azpilicueta 4- Struggled generally.

Ramires 5- Did look bright to begin with but gave the ball away, Subbed at half time.

Fabgrgas 4- Another bad showing.

Willian 6- Scored a superb goal and probably the one bright spark.

Oscar 5- Gave the ball away and lacked invention.

Hazard 5- A few moments of promise but not much to show.

Falcao 3- Almost anonymous.

Subs:

Matic N/A Brought off as soon as Southampton made it 3-1.

Remy 4- Came on for Matic, didn’t do much.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 4- Team started well but collapsed, he needs to do something to stop the rot and fast.

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Chelsea have lost 3-1 to Southampton after yet another dreadful performance, and one that effectively ends any chance of saving their season to the point where they will retain the title.

The visitors earned themselves a number of set pieces in the first ten minutes, from one of which they should have done better when Fonte was left unmarked but missed the ball completely, it was from one Chelsea were given that led to the opening goal.

A lively run from Eden Hazard drew the foul from which Willian repeated his skill from a dead ball position. The strike from the left hand side of the penalty box looped over all those in the middle and into the net off the post.

Southampton’s bright start subsided somewhat after that, though Davis did have a shot from inside the box that was so bad Beogovic didn’t have to move. Chelsea’s approach play has been much improved from what they have shown so far this season, but there is still a lack of end product going forward and a lack of confidence in defence.

The lull in the Saints’ performance was temporary and they quickly got themselves back in the game. Two penalty appeals, the second of which involved Ivanovic tripping Mane, were inexplicably turned down, while a deep cross from the right almost find itself in Begovic’s goal.

Former Chelsea man Ryan Bertand had a shot on the left hand side of the box blocked by Begovic, but the visitors increasing confidence resulted in them equalising just before the break. A diagonal ball over the top from the right was headed down by Pelle and fired into the goal underneath Begovic from Davis, compensating for his terrible effort earlier on.

Chelsea had one more opportunity before half time, but another free-kick that Willian stood over led to nothing. They very nearly fell behind straight after the break when Mane had two shots blocked after Ivanvovic, having another poor game at right back, was twisted and turned this way and that by Tadic. Chelsea were left aggrieved ten minutes later when Falcao, who did well to reach the ball when he was second best, was felled by the ‘keeper’s arms as he went down to shepherd the ball out. The Colombian was booked for diving, to his and Jose Mourinho’s incredulity.

Chelsea’s bad start to the second half was symbolic of the season to date. The nervousness at the back the lack of quality going forward gave their opponents the initiative and, consequently, the lead. John Terry, whom Jose Mourinho was under pressure to reinstate into the team, was turned and Mane ran in clear on goal- his shot rolling slowly over the line off Begovic’s boot. After about ten minutes of ineffective football, Southampton shocked the home crowd again by scoring again, this time through Pelle on the counter attack.

Chelsea never got back into the game, the third goal resulted in Mourinho taking off Matic who he had brought on at half time, and the Blues’ response was once again insipid and impotent. It is difficult to think of a single positive from this latest defeat, there was none of even the brief fight back we saw against Newcastle United last week. Unless something severe takes place in the next few weeks it is difficult to see where and how Chelsea’s season will improve.

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires (Matic, 45), Fabregas; Willian (Remy, 64), Oscar, Hazard; Falcao.

Unused Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, , Loftus-Cheek, 

Manager: José Mourinho

 

SOUTHAMPTON - Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte (c), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, (Ward-Prowse, 45) Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadic (Rodriguez), 78, Mane (Yoshida, 90), Pelle.

Unused Subs: K. Davis, Long,  Martina, Juanmi.

Manager: Ronald Koeman

 

Referee: Robert Madley    Assistants: M. McDonough, M. Perry  Fourth Official : R. East

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Attendance: 41,642

 

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Chelsea are being held 1-1 against Southampton at Stamford Bridge in what has so far been a mixed game for the Blues.

The visitors earned themselves a number of set pieces in the first ten minutes, from one of which they should have done better when Fonte was left unmarked but missed the ball completely, it was from one Chelsea were given that led to the opening goal.

A lively run from Eden Hazard drew the foul from which Willian repeated his skill from a dead ball position. The strike from the left hand side of the penalty box looped over all those in the middle and into the net off the post.

Southampton’s bright start subsided somewhat after that, though Davis did have a shot from inside the box that was so bad Beogovic didn’t have to move. Chelsea’s approach play has been much improved from what they have shown so far this season, but there is still a lack of end product going forward and a lack of confidence in defence.

The lull in the Saints’ performance was temporary and they quickly got themselves back in the game. Two penalty appeals, the second of which involved Ivanovic tripping Mane, were inexplicably turned down, while a deep cross from the right almost find itself in Begovic’s goal.

Former Chelsea man Ryan Bertand had a shot on the left hand side of the box blocked by Begovic, but the visitors increasing confidence resulted in them equalising just before the break. A diagonal ball over the top from the right was headed down by Pelle and fired into the goal underneath Begovic from Davis, compensating for his terrible effort earlier on.

Chelsea had one more opportunity before half time, but another free-kick that Willian stood over led to nothing. This is a must win game for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho must find a way past Southampton in the second half if he is to revitalise Chelsea’s season, especially as Manchester City won so convincingly earlier on today.

 

 

 

 

CHELSEA – Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Ramires, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Falcao.

Subs: Blackman, Zouma, Baba, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy.

Manager: José Mourinho

Scorer: Willian (10)

SOUTHAMPTON – Stekelenburg, Cedric, Fonte (c), van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Wanyama, S. Davis, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.

Subs: K. Davis, Yoshida, Long, Rodriguez, Martina, Ward-Prowse, Juanmi.

Manager: Ronald Koeman

Scorer: Davis (43)

Referee: Robert Madley Assistants: M. McDonough, M. Perry Fourth Official : R. East

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London, UK

Kick Off: 5.30 pm GMT

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Chelsea players Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Willian found themselves on the 59-man long-list for the 2015 Ballon d’Or that has been leaked.

The list will be cut to a 23-man shortlist in December while the awards ceremony will be held on the 11th of January in Zurich, along with the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year trophy and the Puskas award.

The Ballon d’Or long list:

Chelsea: Diego Costa, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Willian

Barcelona: Claudio Bravo, Javier Mascherano, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic, Neymar, Luis Suarez.

Real Madrid: Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronalso, Luka Modric, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos.

Juventus: Giorgio Chiellini, Paul Pogba, Alvaro Morata.

Manchester United: Wayne Rooney, David de Gea, Memphis Depay

Arsenal:David Ospina, Alexis Sanchez.

Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann, Jackson Martinez.

Bayern Munich: Arturo Vidal, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer

Manchester City: Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin de Bruyne.

Paris Saint-Germain: Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore.

New York City: Andrea Pirlo.

Boca Juniors: Carlos Tevez.

Tottenham: Son Heung-min, Harry Kane

Milan: Carlos Bacca.

LA Galaxy: Giovani dos Santos.

Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho.

Bournemouth: Christian Atsu.

Corinthians: Paulo Guerrero.

Hoffenheim: Eduardo Vargas.

Internazionale: Gary Medel.

Lyon: Alexandre Lacazette.

PSV Eindhoven: Andres Guardado.

River Plate: Carlos Sanchez.

Swansea: Andre Ayew.

Swindon Town: Massimo Luongo.

Leicester City: Shinji Okazaki.

 

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Willian © Francesca Ceciarini

Begovic 6- Should have done better with both goals but did keep Chelsea in the game with a number of saves.

Ivanovic 4- A generally poor performance, was left exposed by Pedro not covering.

Zouma 5- Inexperience was obvious, especially at the first goal.

Cahill 5- Didn’t organise the back line at all, should have done better.

Azpilicueta 5- A similarly poor showing.

Ramires 6- Did show moments of promise.

Mikel 5- Lost the midfield battle.

Pedro 4- Should have scored in the first half and didn’t track back enough.

Fabregas 5- A shadow of what he was last season.

Willian 6- Scored a superb goal and worked very hard.

Costa 5- Showed a lot of energy but was left isolated.

Substitutes:

Hazard 5- Started well but didn’t have desired effect.

Matic 5- Consolidated the centre a bit but put a long range shot well over the bar.

Kenedy 5- A few bright moments but not much to show.

Manager:

Jose Mourinho 5- Will have to reconsider bringing back John Terry and find some way to get the best of his forwards.

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Chelsea have lost 2-1 to Porto in their second Champions League Group Stage game in a match where once again the team’s frailties were clear to see.

Chelsea got forward early on with Costa running forward with the ball and linking up with Willian but the initiative came to nothing. Brahimi had the home side’s first effort from the resulting counter attack, a shot from outside the box that Begovic saved relatively simply.

Cesc Fabregas forced a similar save from Iker Casillas in the Porto goal, receiving the ball from Costa to fire low and hard from the edge of the box to force a corner. By far the best early chance of the game came in the 12th minute when Pedro failed to convert when put in on goal by Willian. Begovic had  difficulty in clearing a high ball near his goal as the game continued its positive pattern with both teams getting forward looking for a goal.

Chelsea improved as the first half progressed and began to close their opponents down off the ball in stark contrast to their slow play in the first half of Saturday’s draw with Newcastle. The point of their attack was transformed by the return of Diego Costa, the Spain striker’s energy was the most positive aspect of the performance. Despite that there has still been a lack of quality from the supporting attackers from midfield, and as a result Costa was often isolated.

Chelsea’s difficulties going forward repeated themselves once again at the back, and the poor, static defending that gave Newcastle two goals on Saturday was once again on show as Porto took the lead a few minutes before the break. Brahimi cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Begovic could have done better with, but as it was Andre Andre was the only player to react and he put in the rebound with his right foot.

Just as it looked like Chelsea were going to go in with a goal deficit, the two heroes from Saturday’s damage control mission against Newcastle combined to save them again. Ramires put in some necessary pace into Chelsea’s approach play and was fouled 20 yards from the goal. The free kick was, after considerable delay as the defensive wall was organised, put into the bottom corner by Chelsea’s other Brazil international Willian.

It was literally the last action of the half, and when the second half started Chelsea’s problems were compounded all over again. After five minutes of neither side causing the other much trouble, Chelsea were a goal down again after yet more poor defending which allowed Maicon to drift in to the near post as a corner was swung in and flick the ball back beyond Begovic.

Diego Costa almost equalised a few minutes later when his shot from outside the box hit the bar when it had Casillas beaten, but then Porto came close to scoring a third when a number of saves from Begovic were followed by panic stricken clearances out from the penalty box.

Eden Hazard was brought on for Jon Obi Mikel as Mourinho tried to find a way past the well organised Pot backline and it almost worked as the Belgian skipped past the final defender and put the ball into the side netting. Therein followed a period of play where Porto had several chances to increase their lead, and without the work of Begovic they certainly would have done.

Chelsea’s play became increasingly desperate in their search for an equalising goal- Ivanovic missed a sitter when Casillas floundered and the Serb headed wide, and they were denied a possible penalty when Porto’s centre back handled Costa’s attempt at a pull back with only a few minutes left, and it was the Spain forward who had Chelsea’s last chance of the game when he collected the ball on the edge of the box but struggled to get it out of his feet to fashion an attempt.

The goals conceded do bring into question Jose Mourinho’s decision to not play John Terry at centre-back, and the attack continues to be one dimensional and impotent. There is little sign, on the evidence of tonight and last Saturday, of Chelsea’s poor form being rectified, but it will have to be soon to save Chelsea’s season.

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

Unused Substitutes: Helton, Tello, Corona, Bueno

Scorers: Andre Andre

Yellow Cards- Martins Indi, Marcano,  Helio Pereira, Imbula

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Mikel (Hazard, 62), Fàbregas; Willian, Ramires (Matic 73), Pedro (Kenedy, 73); Diego Costa.

Unused Substitutes: Baba, Terry, Loftus-Cheek

Yellow Cards: Gary Cahill, Azpilicueta, Mikel

Scorers: Willian (45)

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

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Chelsea are drawing 1-1 with Porto at half time of their second Champions League Group Stage match.

Chelsea got forward early on with Costa running forward with the ball and linking up with Willian but the initiative came to nothing. Brahimi had the home side’s first effort from the resulting counter attack, a shot from outside the box that Begovic saved relatively simply.

Cesc Fabregas forced a similar save from Iker Casillas in the Porto goal, receiving the ball from Costa to fire low and hard from the edge of the box to force a corner. By far the best early chance of the game came in the 12th minute when Pedro failed to convert when put in on goal by Willian. Begovic had  difficulty in clearing a high ball near his goal as the game continued its positive pattern with both teams getting forward looking for a goal.

Chelsea improved as the first half progressed and began to close their opponents down off the ball in stark contrast to their slow play in the first half of Saturday’s draw with Newcastle. The point of their attack was transformed by the return of Diego Costa, the Spain striker’s energy was the most positive aspect of the performance. Despite that there has still been a lack of quality from the supporting attackers from midfield, and as a result Costa was often isolated.

Chelsea’s difficulties going forward repeated themselves once again at the back, and the poor, static defending that gave Newcastle two goals on Saturday was once again on show as Porto took the lead a few minutes before the break. Brahimi cut in from the left and fired in a shot which Begovic could have done better with, but as it was Andre Andre was the only player to react and he put in the rebound with his right foot.

Just as it looked like Chelsea were going to go in with a goal deficit, the two heroes from Saturday’s damage control mission against Newcastle combined to save them again. Ramires put in some necessary pace into Chelsea’s approach play and was fouled 20 yards from the goal. The free kick was, after considerable delay as the defensive wall was organised, put into the bottom corner by Chelsea’s other Brazil international Willian.

It was literally the last action of the half, and does save Chelsea’s blushes to a certain extent, but the team’s performance will have to get better- in attack and defence- if they are to leave Portugal with a result.

 

 

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Martins Indi; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

Scorers: Andre Andre

Yellow Cards- Martins Indi (19), Marcano (24)

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

Yellow Cards: Gary Cahill (40)

Scorers: Willian (45)

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André Silva is out for Porto for a knee injury, while Brahimi is a doubt always for a knee problem.

In Chelsea, only long-term injured Thibaut Courtois is out, for a knee injury too.

So, the possible line-ups for tonight’s clash at Estadio do Dragão are:

PORTO - Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Maicon, Marcano, Layún; Rúben Neves, André André, Imbula; Corona, Aboubakar, Brahimi.

CHELSEA – Begović; Ivanović, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa.

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