Chelsea: Complete Player Ratings Against West Ham

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIDecember 1, 2012

Chelsea: Complete Player Ratings Against West Ham

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    Chelsea crashed to a defeat at London rivals West Ham to inflict more misery on the Blues and extend their winless streak in the Premier League to seven matches.

    It all started so brightly when Juan Mata converted the hapless Fernando Torres' cross, but the Hammers completely dominated the second half.

    Yes, Carlton Cole's opener was controversial, but Sam Allardyce's men deserved the points by adding two more goals through the inspired Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga.

    Rafael Benitez will need to raise the group quickly or Roman Abramovich might have to sack a second manager for the season.

    Here are the complete player ratings for the Blues; let me know your thoughts and whether you agree or disagree. Would you have made any different changes to the team selection Saturday?

Goalkeeper and Defence

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    Petr Cech: 7/10

    The Czech pulled off several smart saves to keep the Blues in the lead, but the abject defending was too much for him to overcome by himself.

     

    Cesar Azpilicueta: 7/10

    Some really impressive runs forward and decent service into the penalty area, but Fernando Torres was so lifeless that he could not take advantage. Had a really good battle with Matt Jarvis, which probably ended with honours even.

     

    Gary Cahill: 5.5/10

    Gary Cahill struggled to deal with Carlton Cole and always seemed to be making last-ditch tackles, rather than reading the play early enough to anticipate the danger.

     

    Branislav Ivanovic: 6/10

    Branislav Ivanovic was unfortunate to lose the aerial battle with Cole for the opening West Ham goal considering that he was clearly fouled. Otherwise he did fine, without ever looking completely assured.

     

    Ashley Cole: 5.5/10

    Ashley Cole made a dreadful mistake for Maiga's goal at the end and allowed far too much danger to come from his flank. He redeemed himself a little bit by clearing off the line from a James Tomkins header, but otherwise one to forget for England's greatest ever left-back.

Midfield

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    Ramires: 6/10

    The Brazilian ran his heart out again, but he was far too sloppy at times and prevented West Ham from generating huge momentum by failing to get his head up when driving forwards.

     

    John Obi Mikel: 5.5/10

    John Obi Mikel failed to pick up Kevin Nolan too often, as he drifted into the penalty area late from deep positions. The Blues needed a more calming influence on the ball, which he has normally provided this season, but this time it was lacking.

     

    Juan Mata: 7.5/10

    Juan Mata distributed the ball excellently in the first half and opened the scoring with a gorgeous finish. But the Spaniard was wasteful with a couple of other golden opportunities, which came back to haunt the Blues.

Attack

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    Fernando Torres: 4.5/10

    Another appalling display from the Spaniard, despite laying on the assist for Juan Mata's goal. Torres never looks interested and his movement is nonexistent, making any service from the flanks pointless.

    Torres eventually drifted out to the right and assumed a wide role, completing a couple of dribbles and crossing into an empty area before wondering why nobody was in there to compete for the ball.

     

    Victor Moses: 6/10

    Some really good surging runs and confidence to take his opposite number on. Victor Moses tired a little in the second half and was eventually replaced by Marko Marin.

     

    Eden Hazard: 6/10

    Not his best, by any stretch, but this was a much more confident display from the former Lille starlet. We should remember that he is only 21 years old and still adapting from Ligue 1 before we slam him for going off the boil after his sparkling start to life at Stamford Bridge.

    Using the ball intelligently, he is not yet able to make that telling contribution in the final third. You get the feeling it will come, as opposed to Torres.

Substitutes

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    Oscar: 5.5/10

    The Brazilian was unable to stamp his authority on the game and was careless when afforded the opportunity to dissect the West Ham defence. Oscar seems a little unsure of his role when Chelsea are in desperate need of some inspiration.

    Juan Mata will tend to occupy the central area and dictate proceedings when time is tight, but Oscar is not as effective from the wide areas. A dilemma for Rafael Benitez moving forward on how to utilise this special talent.

     

    Marko Marin: 6.5/10

    Marko Marin was bright and lively in possession and was always making a positive pass or dribble. Promising cameo from the German, who appears to be over his injury problem.