Chelsea came away with just a point as they faced AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors continued to craft chances, but were unable to break the deadlock before the half-time whistle.
In the second half, things continued in much the same light, the Blues even had the ball in the back of the net, Raheem Sterling’s powerful free-kick struck the bar and was rebounded in by Levi Colwill, but he was called for offside.
Bournemouth did show some fight though, and towards the end of the game looked the more likely to steal a late winner.
At the final whistle though, the two teams could not be separated.
Here is how Absolute Chelsea rated the players’ performances down on the south coast.
Robert Sanchez – 8/10
The Chelsea defence switched off early on in the game during a set-piece routine from the hosts, but the Spaniard was on his toes and made a great save to deny Ouattara. He continued to deliver when called upon and made some fantastic stops to maintain the clean sheet, his best performance to date.
Malo Gusto – 6.5/10
Once again, the French defender proved he is a more than capable replacement while Reece James continues to battle a hamstring injury. The 20-year-old has been very solid since his arrival, one of the best and most consistent players for the Blues so far this season.
Thiago Silva – 6/10
The Brazilian often controls the pace in the defence, and he did so in this match. The tempo though was rather slow and it stunted Chelsea’s chances going forward. Hard to be too critical of the Brazilian, but would of expected him to get taken off in the closing minutes as the Blues searched for a late goal.
Axel Disasi – 6/10
Chelsea have recruited a strong and commanding defender in Disasi, he is a force to be reckoned with at the back and there are few critiques that can be made of his displays in Blue so far. He did pick up a yellow card late on for a sloppy challenge on the edge of the box.
Levi Colwill – 6.5/10 (81)
Just inches away from scoring his first goal in a Chelsea shirt, he was called offside after he bundled in from Sterling’s free-kick. Was perhaps a surprise to see him taken off late on rather than Silva or Disasi.
Enzo Fernandez – 5.5/10 (81)
It was a bit of a quieter display from the Argentine in midfield against Bournemouth. Moving further up the pitch saw him have less of an impact and he was not able to be the game-changing player.
Conor Gallagher – 7/10
The 23-year-old was named captain of the side for this contest and he dictated play well in the middle of the park. He often found himself in pockets of space, while in the first half he utilised them, in the second half he was not as successful. Perhaps will be disappointed not to get on the scoresheet, had a great chance in the first half but did not connect as cleanly with his strike as he would of hoped.
Lesley Ugochukwu – 7/10
Paired alongside Gallagher in midfield, the youngster was handed his full Premier League debut. It was a big opportunity for the 19-year-old and he delivered a very professional performances. More chances in the first team will come for him.
Mykahilo Mudryk – 6.5/10 (63)
Pochettino handed the Ukraine international his first start of the season, with him only coming off the bench in the three of the opening four games. Despite looking bright in the opening moments and being one of the Blues’ better players, he did fade from the contest. Things still just are not quite clicking for him but it was a much improved performance.
Raheem Sterling – 6/10
Dragged a golden chance wide in the opening ten minutes of the game and nearly scored a stunning free-kick in the second half. It was a game of nearly moments for the winger, he went very close but could not be the difference maker.
Nicolas Jackson – 5.5/10
Was unlucky not to put the Blues in front early into proceedings, a strike from distance after some good interplay with Mudryk was denied only by the woodwork. Struggled for involvement as the game went on, lacked his usual flair and sharpness.
Cole Palmer – 5.5/10 (62)
Had some good moments once he came off the bench, but lacked decisiveness. Nearly netted a late winner but was denied well by Neto.
Ian Maatsen – 5.5/10 (81)
Was a key part of pre-season for the Blues, but has only been called up off the bench in the Premier League. Deserving of more minutes.
Ben Chilwell – 5/10 (81)
For the first time this season, Chilwell did not start and was only brought on late in the day against Bournemouth. Was also booked for a late foul.