Three key Chelsea players who under-performed against West Brom

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Chelsea dropped two precious points away to West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday evening, but who under-performed for the Blues?

Willian

Willian has proved to be an outstanding addition to Chelsea's squad and has shone more than he has disappointed this season.  But against the Baggies he was not at his best.  When Jose Mourinho's side needed that extra something to break down West Brom's defence, they were found wanting.  

The Brazilian has shown that he has a wonderful eye for a key pass.  But his figure of two during Tuesday's match is considerably down on his best two performances of the season - which have both come in recent weeks against West Ham and Manchester City respectively.

PlayerMatchMatchdayKey PassMins
Willian Chelsea vs West Ham 23 9 90
Willian Man City vs Chelsea 24 7 89
Willian Hull vs Chelsea 21 4 88
Willian Sunderland vs Chelsea 14 3 89
Willian Chelsea vs Man Utd 22 2 86
Willian Chelsea vs Liverpool 19 2 90
Willian Chelsea vs West Brom 11 2 90
Willian Chelsea vs Cardiff 08 2 90
Willian Chelsea vs Crystal Palace 16 2 82
Willian Arsenal vs Chelsea 17 2 77
Willian West Brom vs Chelsea 26 1 90
Willian Chelsea vs Newcastle 25 1 78

Nemanja Matic

The Serbian midfielder has been fantastic since he returned from Portugal, but against West Brom he fell well short of his best in terms of tackles won.  When Chelsea needed a player to put his foot in and dictate the play, it did not happen for Matic as it had the previous match against Newcastle United.

On that occasion Matic won eight tackles, but on Tuesday that figure dropped to just two.

PlayerMatchMatchdayWon TackleMins
Nemanja Matic Chelsea vs Newcastle 25 8 90
Nemanja Matic Man City vs Chelsea 24 3 90
Nemanja Matic West Brom vs Chelsea 26 2 90

Samuel Eto'o

Branislav Ivanovic is beginning to show Samuel Eto'o up when it comes to goal-scoring.  It was down to the marauding defender to find the net again, while the Cameroon international barely had a sniff.

Eto'o had just one shot on target before his substitution.

PlayerMatchMatchdayOntarget Scoring AttMins
Samuel Eto'o Everton vs Chelsea 04 3 90
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Man Utd 22 3 79
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Liverpool 19 2 87
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Swansea 18 2 90
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs West Brom 11 2 90
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Cardiff 08 2 69
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Newcastle 25 1 71
Samuel Eto'o West Brom vs Chelsea 26 1 69

He also made just one key pass to set up a chance for a teammate; some way short of his best totals of the season - four against both Swansea City and Newcastle.

If a striker is not going to score in a particular match he would at least hope to create, but against the Baggies he fell short in both areas.

PlayerMatchMatchdayKey PassMins
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Swansea 18 4 90
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs Newcastle 25 4 71
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea vs West Ham 23 3 90
Samuel Eto'o West Brom vs Chelsea 26 1 69

 

 

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