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Chelsea player ratings vs Nottingham Forest: three player get 5/10 and ‘one very poor’ 3/10 in 1-0 loss

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Raheem Sterling of Chelsea is tackled by Ola Aina of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Raheem Sterling of Chelsea is tackled by Ola Aina of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Chelsea lost at home for the first time under manager Mauricio Pochettino after Nottingham Forest substitute Antony Elanga scored the only goal in the game to hand Steve Cooper’s side their first win at Stamford Bridge since 1995.

Chelsea started the game the better side but even then, it was hard to see where the goals would come from. Nottingham Forest defended well for large parts of the game and scored when striker Taiwo Awoniyi robbed Moises Caicedo of the ball and played in former Manchester United forward Elanga to pass the ball into the net.

Mauricio Pochettino had to withdraw his captain Ben Chilwell for the seond game running early in the second half as he looked to get his team back to it.

His foot work still needs a lot of work but look assured with aerial balls. Not at fault for the goal.
His foot work still needs a lot of work but look assured with aerial balls. Not at fault for the goal.

In came Noni Madueke who impressed in mid-week and would have been disappointed to have started the game from the bench, and also introduced Cole Palmer for his debut.

What that meant was that Raheem Sterling had to alternate between playing on the left side and also helping through centrally. He was Chelsea’s only threat all game. Cole Palmer then played just behind Nicolas Jackson as Chelsea pressed for the equaliser on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Stamford Bridge.

After spending almost £1billion on the team in the last three transfer windows, Mauricio Pochettino then brought on Ian Maatsen for Moises Caicedo and January signing Mykhailo Mudryk for Malo Gusto.

Chelsea upped the tempo in search of an equaliser but it was nothing sustained. Chelsea were unbeaten in nine meetings against Nottingham Forest so it was throwing the kitchen sink stuff at Forest who were happy to sit deep and occasionally take advantage on the counterattack.

Very poor and got hooked early in the second half.
Very poor and got hooked early in the second half.

In the end, they were worth their win, the first in 14 attempts away from home against the Blues. Here is how we rated every Chelsea player out there.

Has had a strong start to the season but not even he could rescue Chelsea.
Has had a strong start to the season but not even he could rescue Chelsea.
Quiet start to the game and then had a shot from close range where he should have done better.
Quiet start to the game and then had a shot from close range where he should have done better.
Incredible energy to be going up and down the right hand side of the pitch. A very ambitious player.
Incredible energy to be going up and down the right hand side of the pitch. A very ambitious player.
Works so hard for the team.  Hard a few shots that just didn’t land. Missed a chance he should have scored.
Works so hard for the team. Hard a few shots that just didn’t land. Missed a chance he should have scored.
Calm performance for the newly called up England international. Did not add to the attacking phase much.
Calm performance for the newly called up England international. Did not add to the attacking phase much.
Hard a lot on his hands with Awoniyi looking for a physical contact every time.
Hard a lot on his hands with Awoniyi looking for a physical contact every time.
The record signing had a slow start to the game. Had the ball taken off him leading up to the Forest goal.
The record signing had a slow start to the game. Had the ball taken off him leading up to the Forest goal.
Looked solid in the first half and hard to pin the Nottingham Forest goal on him.
Looked solid in the first half and hard to pin the Nottingham Forest goal on him.
Frustrating afternoon for Chelsea’s main threat.
Frustrating afternoon for Chelsea’s main threat.
Forgettable debut
Forgettable debut
Looked determined but just could not cut it
Looked determined but just could not cut it
Another forgettable afternoon for the Ukrainian
Another forgettable afternoon for the Ukrainian
 Raheem Sterling of Chelsea is tackled by Ola Aina of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match . (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
Raheem Sterling of Chelsea is tackled by Ola Aina of Nottingham Forest during the Premier League match . (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)