Chelsea came from behind to convincingly beat bottom line Sheffield United 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday at Stamford Bridge to continue their promising streak and climb to third place in the table.
The Blues got off to a slow start and fell behind within 10 minutes when David McGoldrick launched a Sander Berge shot to the wrong foot of Edouard Mendy. However, the Londoners found themselves ahead before the break and never seemed to concede any points thereafter.
First, Tammy Abraham tied with a missed shot from Mateo Kovacic’s cut, before Ben Chilwell took full advantage of Aaron Ramsdale’s miss to collect the free throw and spliced himself at the back post. Then in the second half, Thiago Silva led Chelsea’s third before Timo Werner added the icing on the cake.
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Chelsea have already scored three or more goals in six of their last eight games. The visitors were difficult to break with two benches of three, but the Blues found a way, first through open positions, before the game opened.
There was very little to criticize about Chelsea’s performance, although they conceded their first goal in five games. The Blades caught the Blues defense and opened them, but it was a simple mistake when the home team went through the gears.
Manager rating out of 10
8 – Frank Lampard will be very pleased with the work of his team, particularly with the way his new players continue to grow with each game. Ziyech especially impressed on the night, but Werner and Silva also played well. Everything seems to fit in for the Blues manager.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best, players submitted after 70 minutes are not rated)
GK Edouard Mendy, 6 years old – He conceded his first Premier League goal, but could do little to prevent McGoldrick’s shot from finding the net after the Republic of Ireland international converted Berge’s shot into the opposite corner.
DF Reece James, 8 – Another solid start where he rarely gave away or lost on the ground or in the air. He looks dangerous on both ends and seems to be getting better with every game.
DF Kurt Zouma, 7 years old – Zouma seems like a class act when he plays alongside Silva. After a slow start, he showed great composure on the ball and won everything he launched into the air.
DF Thiago Silva, 8 – It’s no coincidence that Chelsea look more solid when Silva joins Zouma, and while they got off to a rocky start as the visitors took the lead, Silva was excellent, even reaching the scoreboard with a header 13 minutes from time. .
DF Ben Chilwell, 7 – The left back gave another guaranteed performance. As well as looking solid at the back, he gave Chelsea the lead when he launched home at the back post after Ramsdale failed to collect.
MF Mateo Kovacic, 7 – Possibly his best game of the season so far. He made a smart run between the lines before crossing Abraham for the Chelsea tie, and crashed to the ground before exiting after 70 minutes.
MF N’Golo Kante, 7 – The midfielder played deep and did what he does best: win the ball and make the simple pass to his teammates. Then he advanced further when Jorginho entered.
MF Mason Mount, 7 – Mount was excellent in Chelsea’s midfield. His long-range pass was excellent, although he needs to work harder to beat the first man in a corner.
FW Hakim Ziyech, 9 – A constant threat throughout the game, showing an incredible variety of passes. He was involved in the first three goals, the second with a wicked delivery that was finished off by Chilwell. It created wide and deep opportunities.
FW Tammy Abraham, 7 – He leveled the score with his second goal in a week. His draw was a wasted effort, but he headed precisely for the corner. It was his fourth goal in four games against the Blades.
DEL Timo Werner, 7 – He came to life in the second half, first missing the target with a high effort resulting from an exquisite ball from Ziyech, but made no mistake moments later to score Chelsea’s quarter.
MF Jorginho, N / A – He came in with 19 minutes to go and sat in front of the Chelsea defense to push Kante further forward.
FW Olivier Giroud, N / A – The French World Cup winner got a three-minute cameo at the end and didn’t have many opportunities to participate.