Christmas Eve in years to come will always be remembered as the time Raheem Sterling didn’t lay it off to put Chelsea 1-0 up on what could have been a different day for the blues.
Instead we are reviewing the clubs 19th defeat this calendar year, the most in the Premier League.
As it’s Christmas Eve, the player ratings won’t be in depth as usual but to keep up with consistency, here are the player ratings from the 2-1 defeat.
Petrovic: 6/10- Didn’t do anything wrong, big save at the beginning of the 2nd half to keep the scoreline lower.
Gusto: 6.5/10- Arguably one of Chelsea’s better player today, which wouldn’t be hard. Not worried about him.
Thiago Silva: 5/10- For a 39 year old, what can you expect? He is playing far too often these days with minimal rest. A mistake seems to creep in at least once a week now which is worrying.
Disasi: 5/10- Not much to say, average performance and I’ve yet to see a handful of good games from the clubs summer signing. It begs the question, is he the best the club had to offer over the summer.
Colwill: 5/10- Playing out of position yet again despite a more than capable left back sitting on the bench. Subbed off before the end of the game, reason unknown.
Gallagher: 5/10- Didn’t do anything threatening in the final third, his blocked shot led to the resulting corner which Wolves scored from. Tries his best every game but is that technical ability?
Ugochukwu: 6/10- Think he played fairly well today. Pochettino confirmed he was rushed back today and has now suffered a comeback injury. No issues with the performance.
Sterling: 3/10- It’s a shame because prior to his selfishness he was actually Chelsea’s best player but when Chelsea are always involved in one off moments, it falls on his shoulders to make the key moments count. It’s borderline unforgivable that he is the reason we have come away from today with nothing.
Jackson: 2/10- Awful. Can’t finish, can’t hold up the ball, slow to pass and tries to not get involved in situations where a striker should be getting involved.
Palmer: 5/10- Didn’t do anything right or wrong. His involvement felt like it was redundant despite statistics saying he made 3 key passes. Again, it can’t fall on his shoulders every week. Can’t be any higher than a 5 because he got himself booked which will see him miss Wednesday’s game.
Broja: 2/10- Basically copy/paste the segment with Jackson. And I’m worried that when Jackson goes to AFCON, this is who the responsibility falls with.
Pochettino: 5/10- A tipping point for many people today. But todays game is specifically not the reason for it. Chelsea should have been at least 2-0 up before half time. You can feel sorry for Pochettino whilst admitting there’s a lot of regression taking place.
Mudryk: 6:10- Not on long enough to get a true judgement but adds a bright spark.
Nkunku: 6.5/10- Good goal, finally a player who can score with their head who isn’t a defender. Could have easily scored prior to his consolation at the end.
Maatsen, Badiashile, Madueke- N/A
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