Ben Chilwell was a great sub for Chelsea as they beat London rivals West Ham 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday. Chelsea had been down, but Chilwell helped them come back and win.
Chilwell scored an equalizer in the 76th minute to cancel out Michail Antonio‘s first goal just after the hour mark. He then set up the game-winning goal by Kai Havertz two minutes later.
But the Blues still had to hold off a late Hammers comeback. The visitors thought they had tied the game at 2-2 through Maxwel Cornet late in the game, after Chelsea goalie Edouard Mendy fumbled the ball away after diving at Jarrod Bowen’s feet.
But Cornet’s goal wasn’t counted because Bowen’s trailing leg on Mendy was a foul before Cornet’s shot.
Edouard Mendy 4: Mendy had a bad game in which he seemed to do nothing right. His clearance went right to Declan Rice, and late in the game, when Maxwel Cornet had the ball in the back of the net, he needed help from VAR because of shaky goalkeeping.
Kalidou Koulibaly got a 7 because he was sure at the back and quickly dealt with danger. Koulibaly was solid on the left side, and when Cucurella needed help, he was there for him.
Wesley Fofana got a 6 because he looked at home in Chelsea’s back three, but West Ham’s attack, which was only dangerous at times, didn’t give him enough to do.
Thiago Silva 7 – Great positioning and quick to figure out what’s going on.
Marc Cucurella got forward too little, except for one pass back that almost led to a goal for Chelsea. Chilwell took his place in the second half.
Mateo Kovacic got a 6, which means he was good when he had the ball but couldn’t do much against West Ham’s stubborn defense.
Conor Gallagher got a 7 because he had a good game for a player who wants to play more for Thomas Tuchel’s team. The graduate of the academy always tried to make things happen with the ball, but sometimes his last pass was bad.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek got a 6 because he did his job well. He held the ball in midfield and passed it to Chelsea’s more creative players.
Reece James got a 6 because he played well on the right side, but West Ham scored because of a bad header he made.
Raheem Sterling 7: Once Mason Mount came into the game, the England international started to play. He found pockets of space to work from instead of trying to make runs behind the defense.
Christian Pulisic got a score of 7. His teammates could have helped him out, but they didn’t try to move in the back. The 23-year-old was comfortable with the ball and one of the few Chelsea players who tried to directly challenge the other team.
Armando Broja came on for Gallagher (61′) 6: Came close to scoring, but couldn’t hit the ball hard enough to beat Fabianski.
Mason Mount (Pulisic, 61′): 6. Being direct helped Chelsea move the ball into better spots, which gave Raheem Sterling the ball much more often.
Kai Havertz (Kovacic, 72′) 8: The German’s movement was great, and his goal, a strong first-time shot from inside the box, sealed Chelsea’s comeback.
Ben Chilwell (Cucurella, 72′), who came on for Chelsea in the 72nd minute and scored a great equalizer before setting up Havertz’s winner, got the Man of the Match award.
Jorginho (83 inches, Loftus-Cheek) N/R: A mistake made by West Ham late in the game almost led to a goal, but Maxwel Cornet hit the post.