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Alonso gets 8.5/10, who gets 4/10?: Chelsea players rated in 2-2 draw vs Bournemouth



Chelsea 2-2 Bournemouth: Chelsea Player Ratings

Chelsea had Marcos Alonso to thank, as the Spaniard scored twice to keep the Blues’ slender lead in the fourth spot.

Willy Caballero was the hero early on as he denied both Philip Billing and Ryan Fraser as Bournemouth started the better team.

Marcos Alonso gave Frank Lampard’s side the lead with a fine volley before Oliver Giroud went on to hit the post. Jefferson Lerma scored with a powerful header from Fraser’s corner to draw the Cherries level.

With the tails up, Bournemouth went in search of another goal and Joshua King was at hand to steer in Jack Stacy’s rollback after Callum Wilson missed the initial effort.

Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso was the hero for Chelsea against Bournemouth

Chelsea rallied and thought they had equalized only for substitute Michy Batsuayi’s effort to be ruled offside. The Blues finally drew level when Alonso scored after Aaron Ramsdale parried Pedro’s effort into his path.

The point ensures that Chelsea stays in fourth at least for now. With the competition for the top four set to go to the wire, Alonso’s contribution today could prove very important.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Willy Caballero (7/10)

Kept Chelsea on the game by making fine saves from Philip Biling and Callum Wilson in the first half. Did more of the same after the break as he once again denied Wilson.

Got both hands to Jefferson Lerma’s effort and was unlucky to see it go in. Could not have done anything for the second in what was mostly an assured display.

Reece James (6/10)

Ran up and down the flank all game. Did not create anything of note in spite of his best efforts and was better defensively than going forward.

Fikayo Tomori (4/10)

Nearly saw his team punished as his error put Biling in. Thankfully for the youngster, Caballero was alert to the threat.

Improved as the game went on but could not impose himself on the opposition. Should have done better for King’s goal.

Andreas Christensen (6/10)

Saw a good amount of the ball and used his pace to good effect. Got a yellow in the second half for a tactical foul on Wilson as the forward threatened to break on the counter.

Andreas Christensen
Andreas Christensen picked up a yellow for a foul against Callum Wilson

Cesar Azpilicueta (6/10)

Looked to get forward at every opportunity. Had an excellent chance tod raw Chelsea level in the second half but saw his strike go out for a corner.

Was harassed aplenty by Wilson and looked more comfortable centrally than out wide.

Jorginho (5/10)

A tidy performance without actually making much of an effect. Picked up a yellow which now rules him out of the next two Premier League ties.

Jorginho’s yellow rules him out for the next two matches

Taken off for Batshuayi as Chelsea chased the game.

Mateo Kovacic (6/10)

Kept the ball ticking and also attacked well down the center. Broke up play a number of times but should have done more to prevent Bournemouth’s opener.

Marcos Alonso (8.5/10)

No other defender has had more goal contributions than Alonso since he joined the club in 2016. He has now scored three goals in two games in what could be a telling contribution to Chelsea’s top-four hopes.

Mason Mount (6/10)

Moved into spaces well and showed intent. Connected well with Giroud and put in a number of dangerous deliveries into the box.

Saw less of the ball in the second half and wasn’t nearly as good as in the first half.

Pedro (7/10)

A good performance by the veteran. Showed intelligent movement and linked up well with his teammates as he looked to threaten.

Forced the save from Ramsdale which fell kindly for Alonso’s equalizer.

Oliver Giroud (5/10)

The Frenchman will be disappointed with his display. Hit the bar in the first half and should have extended his side’s lead in the second after Alonso put a cross on a plate for him.


Ross Barkley (6/10)

Added energy and zeal to the midfield. Made a few darting runs and had a few pops at goal as he took the role of a playmaker at times.

Willian (4/10)

A near invisible performance. Hardly saw him on the pitch.

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Michy Batshuayi (5/10)

He looked to have brought his side level with his first touch of the game, however, the goal was ruled offside. Hardly did anything else of note.


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Chelsea starlet thanks supporters and fans for support during coronavirus battle



Callum Hudson-Odoi thanks fans and team-mates for support during coronavirus battle

Speaking on the club’s official site (h/t Metro), Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi has thanked fans and teammates for their support during his battle against coronavirus.

The 19-year-old starlet became the first Premier League player to test positive for the virus. Thankfully, the player has now made a complete recovery.

“I would like to say to them thank you for all the support that you have shown.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea
Callum Hudson-Odoi was the first EPL player to test positive

He went on to thank his well-wishers for their support and revealed that he cannot wait to be back on the pitch.

“I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself so it is all good.”

The youngster revealed that he first started showing symptoms of the virus three weeks ago. He initially thought it was a minor temperature issue, but was proven wrong later.

Hudson-Odoi wasn’t overly troubled by the symptoms and reveals that he is completely fine now. The youngster also made a special call to the support offered by his teammates.

“It has been very warming and a good feeling to know you have got your team-mates behind you”

Callum Hudson-Odoi
Callum Hudson-Odoi in action (Getty Images)

He described it as a wonderful feeling to be backed by his teammates during this difficult time.

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Hudson-Odoi came through the Chelsea youth system before making it to the first-team at Stamford Bridge.

The versatile attacker has made 53 appearances for the Blues and has 8 goals and 10 assists to his name. The youngster has also won three caps for the English national team.

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[Video] Chelsea star trains with family amidst coronavirus lockdown



Willian posts video of him training with his daughters in Brazil

Chelsea star Willan is making the most of his time back in Brazil with his family.

The winger was given a leave of absence by the Blues on compassionate grounds following the suspension of the football season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 31-year-old posted a video of him on Instagram (h/t Daily Mail), showcasing himself in his back garden with his daughters. The girls were busy helping Willian keep fit as they engaged in a training session of sorts.

With the season currently in limbo, the player is likely to remain in Brazil until a decision on the remaining games is taken. One another decision currently in limbo is the player’s future. His contract at Chelsea expires at the end of the season.

He is yet to sign an extension and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Willian could reunite with two of his former bosses as he has been linked with moves to both Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus.

The player has spoken of his desire to stay in England and also has a good relationship with Jose Mourinho.

Willian is back in Brazil with his family
Willian is back in Brazil with his family

Chelsea will do well to keep the experienced attacker, given how young our squad is. Youthful exuberance can only be tempered with seasoned advice and Willian has plenty to offer.

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The Brazilian joined the Blues seven years ago. He has since made 329 appearances for the Blues and has scored 59 goals and 59 assists.

He won the Chelsea Player of the Year award in 2016 and is also a two-time winner of the Club’s Player’s Player of the Year award.

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Brazilian star with £35m clause boosts Chelsea hopes by switching his agent



Alex Telles switches agents to facilitate Chelsea move

Chelsea’s hopes of landing Brazilian full-back Alex Telles have received a timely boost.

According to Portuguese publication Record (h/t Metro), the 27-year-old has hired superagent Pini Zahavi to take care of his affairs. This bodes well for the Blues considering Zahavo’s close ties with the club.

The Israeli played a role in Roman Abramovich’s purchase of Chelsea in 2003. He has since had a hand in a number of transfers for the club and remains on excellent terms with the club’s current hierarchy.

Alex Telles could be on his way to Chelsea
Alex Telles could be on his way to Chelsea

According to the report, Telles hopes Zahavi will help him secure a move to Stamford Bridge. Porto are willing to let him leave if his £35million release clause is met.

Telles joined Porto in 2016 from Galatasaray after an impressive loan spell at Inter Milan the previous season. He has since gone on to make 183 appearances for the Portuguese side and has scored an impressive 21 goals and 52 assists.

He has scored nine goals and 10 assists in 40 appearances this season as he continues to put up impressive numbers.

Left-Back could be a priority for Frank Lampard
Left-Back could be a priority for Frank Lampard

Chelsea were keen on signing him last summer before the club was hit by the transfer ban. Both Emerson Palmieri and Marcos Alonso look to be on their way out, making a replacement at left-back a priority for Lampard.

Telles is an Italian passport holder, which should help him obtain a work permit for a move to England.

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Telles’ solitary cap for Brazil came in a friendly against Panama in 2019. He has twice been selected in the Primeira Liga Team of the Year and also won the Porto Player of the Year in 2018.

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The one that got away – Chelsea missed out on Liverpool star last summer



Chelsea were in advanced talks to sign Alisson Becker from Roma

According to the Athletic (h/t Mirror), Chelsea were involved in advanced negotiations with Alisson Becker before he made a record-breaking transfer to Liverpool last summer.

That record did not last long as we broke it soon after by signing Kepa Arizzabalaga from Atheltic Bilbao.

It is a case of what might have been as Alisson has gone on to establish himself as the world’s best while Kepa has largely failed to live up to his price tag.

Kepa Arrizabalaga
Kepa Arrizabalaga has flattered to deceive despite his impressive transfer fee

According to the report, the Blues hesitated to make the push as they believed they could persuade Thibaut Courtois to stay put.

Ironically, not only did the Belgian end up moving to Real Madrid, but we also wound up losing Alisson to Liverpool.

The player was also keen on a switch to Stamford Bridge before we took our eyes off the ball, something that Kepa too has been guilty of in our colours.

The Spaniard has had a number of high-profile mistakes this season. It has seen Frank Lampard relegate him to the bench in favour of reserve shot-stopper Willy Caballero.

Alisson Becker could have moved to Chelsea
Alisson Becker could have been turning out at Stamford Bridge (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Alisson went on to receive a number of collective and individual awards as he went on to transform a stellar Liverpool defence.

The Brazilian starred in the Champions League final and also helped Brazil win the Copa America. He was decorated as the first recipient of the Yachine award last year, given to the world’s best goalkeeper.

The Blues could be set to sign a new number one in the summer, with the likes of Manuel Neuer and Nick Pope among those linked.

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In Alisson, we have lost out on who could have been a generational talent. Let us hope we have better foresight in the future.

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