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Chelseaâ€™s league form continues to stutter after they failed to win for the third straight week, earning a mere point in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Both goals of the evening came from set pieces although the game swayed either way throughout the match, with Liverpool earning a second half equalizer to cancel out Chelseaâ€™s early goal.
The Blues took the lead early in the first half through skipper John Terry, who calmly headed Juan Mataâ€™s corner past Brad Jones into Liverpoolâ€™s net on 20 minutes. Luis Suarez, however, emerged as Liverpoolâ€™s saviour yet again when he headed home from close range after Jamie Carragher cleverly flicked Susoâ€™s corner towards the Uruguayan striker.
Roberto Di Matteo will be a worried manager as Chelsea squandered a commendable four point lead at the top of the league table to fall 3 points behind Manchester United in the last three weeks. The Blues also fell below Manchester City, who had mounted a come-from-behind victory over Tottenham earlier in the day to stay in the race for the Premier League title. Meanwhile, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be pleased with the point at Stamford Bridge although the Reds will have a tough time reviving their season as they currently sit in 13th place, having gathered just 12 points this season. (Full Match Report)
Petr Cech: 7/10
The Czech stopper had little work to do all afternoon and could not do anything to stop Suarez from grabbing the equalizer. He did produce some fine saves late in the game to ensure Chelsea held on to their point.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6/10
The right-back had a good game in defence as he effectively controlled Enrique on the wings. His crossing though needs a lot more work.
Branislav Ivanovic: 7/10
The Serbian was a dominating force in central defence partnering Terry and Cahill well to control Suarez whenever the striker attempted to trick his way into the box.
John Terry: 8/10
The Blues skipper was unfortunately stretchered off on 40 minutes but did make a massive impact on the game during his short time on the pitch.
Ryan Bertrand: 7/10
The left-back was defensively strong and even troubled Johnson considerably when he attacked down the left wing. He has shown enough promise to indicate he can be a quality defender for Chelsea in the years to come.
The Brazilian was dependable as ever in midfield, ending many a Liverpool attack when they played down the middle of the park.
John Obi Mikel: 6/10
The midfielder was unusually wasteful in possession although he was a strong defensive presence for Chelsea on the evening.
Juan Mata: 7/10
The Spaniard was Chelseaâ€™s most effective player in attack, even working in the corner that led to Chelseaâ€™s goal on the evening. He was also guilty though of missing a fantastic chance to end the game as a contest in injury time at the end of the first half.
The Brazilian was not at his usual best, even squandering a one-on-one opportunity very early in the game.
Eden Hazard: 5/10
The young Belgian threatened Liverpoolâ€™s defence considerably with his pace but appeared to tire considerably as the game wore on.
Fernando Torres: 5/10
The Spanish striker was ineffective yet again and troubled Jones only on two occasions in the entire game.
Gary Cahill: 7/10
The young Englishman replaced Terry well and maintained Chelseaâ€™s strong defensive unit alongside Ivanovic.
Victor Moses: 4/10
The former Wigan star replaced Oscar with 15 minutes on the clock but failed to make the kind of impact he has in Chelsea's last two games.
Daniel Sturridge: 3/10
The Englishman replaced Torres with 10 minutes to go but made no significant contribution towards altering the course of the game. He also failed to complete even a single pass, ignoring his teammates during his time on the pitch.
Brad Jones: 8/10
The Australian stopper was in superb form as he kept out Chelseaâ€™s long range efforts as well as a Torres header in the second half.
Glen Johnson: 6/10
The defender made a strong return from injury, showing considerable threat in attacking from the right wing.
Andre Wisdom: 5/10
The young defender played effectively in a wider role when Johnson drifted forward to attack.
Daniel Agger: 4/10
The centre-back was largely at fault for Chelseaâ€™s goal, failing to mark Terry as he ran free into the box to meet Mataâ€™s corner.
Jamie Carragher: 7/10
The veteran central defender put in a fine performance controlling Chelseaâ€™s fast-paced attacks with considerable ease.
Jose Enrique: 7/10
The left wingback was a constant threat in the attacking third and tested Azpilicueta well all evening. He also had a powerful shot snuffed out late in the match when Liverpool aimed to go for a win.
Joe Allen: 3/10
The midfielder was caught in possession far too often, and a bit like Jordan Henderson doesn't offer enough either moving forward or sitting in midfield. Liverpool can't wait for Lucas Leiva to return.
Steven Gerrard: 6/10
The Liverpool skipper doesn't have the drive to be a goal threat in the attacking third, but he is still the master when it comes to picking a pass and cutting open defences, albeit from a deeper position.
Nuri Sahin: 5/10
The Real Madrid man had a disappointing afternoon, not offering enough going forward.
Raheem Sterling: 7/10
The 17 year-old threatened Chelseaâ€™s defence with his tireless runs and held the ball well inside their box to continue Liverpool's attacks.
Luis Suarez: 8/10
The Uruguayan was again the hero for Liverpool, heading the equalizer to earn Liverpool a point. The striker was always a threat for Chelsea when he tried to round defenders with his tricks.
The Spaniard joined the attack in the last half hour and added considerable pace and purpose to Liverpool's play. The youngster most notably took the corner that led to Suarezâ€™s second half goal.
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