Chelsea player ratings vs Bournemouth: Joao Felix & Benoit Badiashile stop the rot!

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Joao Felix Chelsea Bournemouth 2022-23
The Blues came good towards the end of a tough match against the Cherries, ending their long winless run

Chelsea got their first win under interim coach Frank Lampard at the seventh time of asking as they beat Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday. Despite Conor Gallagher's early opening goal, it was not at all easy for the Blues as Bournemouth were strong from the beginning and pulled level through a spectacular Matias Vina strike.

The Cherries had chances to go ahead while the likes of Kai Havertz and Mykhailo Mudryk underwhelmed in attack for the Blues, though Noni Madueke was excellent down the right wing just as he was in his prior outing against Arsenal.

Madueke's replacement, Hakim Ziyech, made a big impact as well with a great free-kick cross to set up Benoit Badiashile's goal. Then, fellow substitutes Joao Felix and Raheem Sterling combined to put the London side 3-1 up and seal a first win in 10 matches.

GOAL rates Chelsea's players from Vitality Stadium...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence

    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Kepa Arrizabalaga (6/10):

    Beaten from distance once again but was a safe presence for the most part.

    Trevoh Chalobah (4/10):

    Kept it simple with short passes but did not fare well further up the field and was weak defensively as Bournemouth targeted his side a lot. Ryan Christie made a statue out of him in the box in the second half.

    Thiago Silva (5/10):

    Stepped up far too early in the build up to Bournemouth's goal, leaving a huge space behind him for Matias Vina to run into.

    Benoit Badiashile (7/10):

    Comfortable on the ball with good passes and carried it forward confidently on occasion. Popped up with a crucial goal late on.

    Ben Chilwell (5/10):

    Not at his best in this game as he offered little in attack with some poor crosses, though he did locate Sterling in the box with a low cross after a good run in the build-up to the third goal.

  2. Midfield


    N'Golo Kante (6/10):

    Sent a perfectly weighted cross into the middle of the box for Gallagher to head in the opener.

    Enzo Fernandez (5/10):

    Not fit to play at the base of the Chelsea midfield. He was too late to get into a position to press, allowing the hosts to cut through and score.

    Conor Gallagher (7/10):

    Was well positioned to get ahead of his marker and nod the ball past Neto to give the Blues the lead. Made a vital block to keep it 1-1 in the second half.

  3. Attack


    Noni Madueke (7/10):

    By far the most lively of the front-three starters. He looked dangerous throughout but Bournemouth doubled up on him a lot and he suffered from some poor decision making.

    Kai Havertz (4/10):

    Dropped deep to help build some attacks but he had no real impact on the game as the home defence kept him quiet.

    Mykhailo Mudryk (5/10):

    Had a quiet and ineffective game. Did not have a single shot before he was taken off just after the hour mark.

  4. Subs & Manager

    Subs & Manager

    Raheem Sterling (7/10):

    Brought on to shake up the Chelsea attack and he was certainly more of a direct threat than Mudryk, eventually teeing up Joao Felix for his team's third.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6/10):

    Replaced Kante in the second half but was hardly the game changer Chelsea needed.

    Cesar Azpilicueta (5/10):

    Replaced the injured Chilwell for the last 15 minutes.

    Hakim Ziyech (7/10):

    Came on for Madueke, who had been Chelsea's best player, and made a magnificent intervention as his brilliant delivery found Badiashile for the winner.

    Joao Felix (7/10):

    A late introduction when Chelsea were already leading and made good use of his cameo by firing in the third goal.

    Frank Lampard (5/10):

    Finally got his first win since taking over as interim manager but it could have gone another way. The midfield was easily cut through and the attack was tame with the exception of Madueke. However, three of his second-half changes - Sterling, Ziyech and Joao Felix - went on to turn things around and ensure they got the victory.