Overcoming a goal from Jay Rodriguez after just 14 seconds, Chelsea reshuffled their pack to win 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
John Terry scored the second on his 400th Premier League appearance, with Gary Cahill and the excellent Demba Ba notching either side of the captain's strike.
Here are our player ratings for the match.
|Player||Position||H/T Rating||F/T Rating|
|John Obi Mikel||CM||N/A||N/A|
Petr Cech: Cech didn't stand a chance after a horrendous back-pass from Michael Essien put Jay Rodriguez through on goal. Calmed down significantly afterward and looked solid.
Branislav Ivanovic: Dealt with the marauding Jay Rodriguez exceptionally well considering the pace mismatch. Absent of responsibility for the goal in truth.
John Terry: A little shaky from Terry in the first half, who struggled to transition out wide to deal with Adam Lallana and Pablo Osvaldo. Pressure was lifted in the second half, though, and he scored the goal that put his side in front.
Gary Cahill: Faired a little better than his partner by coming up with some good interceptions, but rarely appeared comfortable. Scored the equaliser in the second half which gave his teammates a visible lift.
Cesar Azpilicueta: Did an unspectacular job in blocking off crosses from James Ward-Prowse—the sole reason the Englishman is deployed in that position. Much more efficient once JWP was substituted.
Ramires: Should have been a big factor in moving the ball forward centrally, but made no impact against the impressive Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin. Moved to the right side, but again did very little.
Michael Essien: An awful, awful first half for Essien saw him gift Saints a goal and pick up a yellow card for a thoroughly deplorable dive. Substituted at half-time and deservedly so.
Oscar: Subbed off after 41 minutes due to an ankle knock, missed one golden headed chance just before hand.
Juan Mata: Playing from the right he looked limited, but following Oscar's substitution the Spaniard switched inside and created an excellent chance for Fernando Torres. A superb cross found Terry for the second goal.
Eden Hazard: Entirely inefficient on the left-hand side bar one moment. Unable to bully Nathaniel Clyne with his pace, and therefore made little ground.
Fernando Torres: A bit of a non-factor up front, with Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte keeping him very quiet inside the penalty area. He ran hard, worked for opportunities and kept Saints busy in the second half.
Frank Lampard: Subbed on for Oscar at the 41-minute mark. No time to make an impact.
Demba Ba: A strong and influential presence after being substituted on. Hit the post before Gary Cahill's header and gave the defensive line something else to think about. Scored the third and final goal.