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Chelsea ratings: Thiago Silva shines, Kepa impresses without Mendy but Romelu Lukaku flops again in Brighton draw

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2022-01-18

CHELSEA dropped two more points against Brighton as they kissed goodbye to any hope of a title challenge.

The Blues were never in control of the match - despite Hakim Ziyech opening the scoring from range in the 28th minute.

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Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea side have won just one out of their last seven Premier League games Credit: PA

Graham Potter's got their deserving equaliser on the hour mark after Adam Webster headed home from a corner.

And Chelsea hung on for the point at the Amex Stadium in what was another frustrating night for record-signing Romelu Lukaku.

Chelsea have now won just once in the Premier League in their last seven games, and have earned just two points from a possible twelve-

Here SunSport rates and slates the performance of the Champions League holders.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga - 7

He was always needing to be alert as Brighton often looked a danger.

Did well with his feet contributing to playing out for Chelsea and made a couple of big saves.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 4

So restricted as a full-back and couldn't really add any effect to Chelsea's attacks when in possession. He was struggling at the back at times as well.

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Chelsea dropped more points in the top-flight after Brighton came back to earn a point Credit: AP

Thiago Silva - 8

The best Chelsea player on the pitch as is so often the case, even though his team-mates weren't putting up too much competition.

Class on the ball, controls Chelsea playing it out from the back, and solid defensively.

Antonio Rudiger - 5

One of Chelsea's few better performers from the game but even he struggled at the back trying to defend against a team that were totally up for it and attacking the goal constantly.

Marcos Alonso - 4

Always struggles when put under pressure and is never really much more than average, and tonight was no different.

He was always going to be given the run around by Lamptey, who did just that.

Jorginho - 4

He was losing the physical battle in midfield all through the first half and some of his passes were also off, which is unlike him.

His second half didn't improve at all and he was often walked through by Brighton.

N'Golo Kante - 4

A lot like Jorginho, his passing was poor in and that let Brighton control a lot of the game.

He lost his individual battles and kept giving the ball away, very unlike him but didn't look on it at all.

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Hakim Ziyech broke the deadlock in fine fashion at the Amex Stadium in the first half Credit: AP

Hakim Ziyech - 5

He was abysmal for the first 20 minutes until he scored and then he got a bit better.

But since then he went back to being lacklustre and being dispossessed too easily.

Mason Mount - 4

Pretty quiet for him and he looked a bit lost in the pockets, but that was largely due to Chelsea collectively being so poor in possession and not being progressive or imaginative enough.

Callum Hudso-Odoi - 4

He was one of our more livelier players in the first half but awful in the second half and wasted chances and failed to try and take on his man once again.

Romelu Lukaku - 4

Frustrated that he wasn't getting give the passes he was making the runs for once again and didn't look like he wanted to play with much effort once again.

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It was another frustrating performance from club-record signing Romelu Lukaku Credit: Rex

Subs

Mateo Kovacic for Jorginho (80 mins) - N/A

Kai Havertz for Ziyech (80 mins) - N/A

Timo Werner for Lukaku (80 mins) N/A

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