Chelsea 2-5 West Brom: Player ratings as Baggies obliterate Thomas Tuchel's unbeaten record

Jamie Spencer
Apr 3, 2021, 2:58 PM GMT+1
West blew Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge
West blew Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge | Pool/Getty Images

Chelsea were stunned by a top performance from West Brom at Stamford Bridge to mark a first defeat for manager Thomas Tuchel since he took over in late January.

Chelsea took the lead through Christian Pulisic, before collapsing under the pressure of a Baggies surge inspired by a first half brace from Matheus Pereira. Callum Robinson made it 3-1, before Mbaye Diagne extended the lead again.

Mason Mount pulled one back, but West Brom got a fifth with Robinson’s second.

Chelsea ratings

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half | CLIVE ROSE/Getty Images

Edouard Mendy (GK) - 5/10: Caught in no-man’s land for West Brom’s first goal. Arguably not commanding enough in other instances.

Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) - 4/10: Struggled to contend with West Brom’s attacking threats.

Thiago Silva (CB) - 2/10: Looked rusty on his long awaited return from injury and was sent off after only half an hour as a result of two yellow cards.

Kurt Zouma (CB) - 4/10: Easily beaten by a long clearance that allowed West Brom back into the game. Not his best day.

2. Midfielders

Mateo Kovacic, Matt Phillips
Kovacic struggled in the first half | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Reece James (RM) - 6/10: Looked a threat going forward but it was his lax pass that led to West Brom’s crucial second goal.

Jorginho (CM) - 5/10: Didn’t get control of the game and uncharacteristically gave the ball away fairly regularly.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - 6/10: Poor in the first half but lifted his game after the break. Not enough of his teammates followed suit.

Marcos Alonso (LM) - 5/10: Saw his free-kick tipped onto the post but Pulisic followed it in. Wasn’t strong enough defensively for West Brom’s second.

3. Forwards

Timo Werner
Still no goals for Timo Werner | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Hakim Ziyech (RW) - 5/10: Squandered a good early chance to counter attack with a poor pass. Sacrificed tactically when Silva was sent off.

Timo Werner (ST) - 6/10: Still didn’t get his much needed goal but bagged an 11th assist of the season and at least looked a threat. Probably Chelsea’s best player.

Christian Pulisic (LW) - 5/10: Reacted quickest to turn in the rebound from Alonso’s free-kick but didn’t do enough else to warrant staying on past half-time.

4. Substitutes

Andreas Christensen (CB) - 5/10: Replaced Thiago Silva and wasn’t the only Chelsea player not up to answering the questions asked of him.

Mason Mount (CM) - 6/10: At fault for West Brom’s fourth goal, although quickly made up for that when he scored Chelsea’s second.

Kai Havertz (AM) - 6/10: Showed good movement and intent but West Brom’s defence made it difficult to turn that into a real impact.

West Brom ratings

5. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Mason Mount, Sam Johnstone
Jonhstone put in an impressive showing | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Sam Johnstone (GK) - 7/10: Did everything that was asked of him. Even made a top fingertip save in the build up to the opener but was powerless to prevent the rebound going in.

Darnell Furlong (RB) - 7/10: Great against his father’s old team.

Dara O’Shea (CB) - 6/10: Did his job well while he was on the pitch but injury cruelly ended his afternoon midway through the first half.

Kyle Bartley (CB) - 8/10: Marshalled the defence extremely well.

Semi Ajayi (CB) - 7/10: Another Baggies centre-back who stood up tall to be counted.

Conor Townsend (LB) - 7/10: Did a really good job getting up and down the left flank.

6. Midfielders

Timo Werner, Ainsley Maitland-Niles
A good performance from the Arsenal loanee | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Matt Phillips (RM) - 7/10: Unlucky to hit the bar when West Brom were in the ascendancy in first half stoppage time. Put in a strong shift.

Okay Yokuslu (CM) - 6/10: Quietly effective in midfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) - 7/10: Made it difficult for Chelsea’s midfielders to play their game.

Matheus Pereira (LM) - 9/10: A major threat even before Chelsea’s collapse and set the tone for the win with two very well taken goals in first half stoppage time.

7. Forward

Mbaye Diagne
Diagne scored the fourth | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Mbaye Diagne (ST) - 7/10: Worked hard in a defensive shape early on and was eventually rewarded for his disciplined performance with the fourth goal.

8. Substitutes

Branislav Ivanovic (CB) - 6/10: Came off the bench to replace O’Shea and ended up going off himself after 13, appearing to pull a hamstring while expertly seeing off Werner in a foot race.

Callum Robinson (LM) - 8/10: Started and finished the superb move that put his team 3-1 and continued his excellent record against Chelsea with another goal later in.

Jake Livermore (CM) – N/A.

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