Chelsea suffered the worst possible start to the 2019/20 season on Sunday afternoon, following a 4-0 defeat to a clinical Manchester United side.
The Blues were competitive throughout at Old Trafford but ultimately were not good enough defensively, especially in the second-half as United took advantage of multiple errors at the back.
While Chelsea were on top for the majority of the first-half, it was a mistake at the back that allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to take the lead.
Kurt Zouma brought Marcus Rashford down in the area with a needless tackle, and the striker converted emphatically from the spot to put United ahead, after Tammy Abraham had struck the post early on with a rasping effort.
Rashford, Anthony Martial and debutant Daniel James are capitalised on the Blues’ defensive frailties in the second-half to complete the scoring, but despite the result there were plenty of positives for Frank Lampard to take away.
With the ball, Chelsea looked a threat and had the two efforts that struck the frame of the goal gone in, then it would have been a completely different game.
Following the defeat, we’ve taken a look at who the winners and losers were for the Blues.
Winner - Emerson
Emerson was arguably Chelsea’s biggest goal threat at Old Trafford, with the full-back striking the bar with a close-range effort and testing David De Gea with a number of efforts on target. He was also the Blues’ best defender on the day, and already looks to have the left-back spot secured for the season.
Loser -Kurt Zouma
Certainly a day that Zouma will want to forget. The Frenchman conceded the penalty in the first-half and that changed the dynamic of the game. He looked shaky throughout, and unlike Emerson, his place in the side will be less than secure once Antonio Rudiger returns to fitness.
Winner - Mason Mount
Mount was thrown in at the deep end on his Premier League debut, but the midfielder certainly did not look out of his depth at this level. He always looked to create something, and Lampard replaced Barkley in the second-half instead of him, emphasising his good performance.
Loser - Pedro
A poor day for Pedro when Chelsea needed him to deliver as one of the senior players for the Blues. His effort and work rate was second to none as usual, but his distribution on the ball was uncharacteristically poor and he struggled throughout. He had the opportunity to make a positive impression with Christian Pulisic on the bench and Willian left-out, but failed to take his chance.
Winner - Antonio Rudiger
Rudiger will walk straight back into the Chelsea starting lineup upon his return to fitness following this defensive display, and his recovery can’t come soon enough for the Blues.
Loser - Cesar Azpilicueta
Azpilicueta had one of the worst games defensively I can remember him having in a Chelsea shirt. The Spaniard was caught napping in the build up to the second and third goals respectively, and struggled to cope with United’s attackers throughout.
Winner - Willian
Willian would have been fearing the worst after he failed to recover from a knee injury in time for the United game, with the likes of Pedro and Pulisic having the chance to state their claim for a regular starting spot. However Chelsea missed the Brazilian’s pace and attacking threat, and Lampard will no doubt be keen to get the winger in the side in the near future.
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