Frank Lampard’s blues picked up a much needed victory In Russia as Chelsea turned on the style late on to record their first win in the champions league this season. Goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic ensured a good nights work in Krasnodar was met with the right result. This article will look at the performances of each individual player that played in the game.
Edouard Mendy: 8
The Senegalese keeper has majorly improved the Chelsea defence since his arrival and his fourth consecutive clean sheet is more than Kepa has kept since the 12th of January. He is already looking like top business from the board and a great find from big Pete.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
The captain was as reliable as ever and has been impressive so far this season. He put in an astute performance tonight and the competition between him and Reece James is hotting up.
Kurt Zouma: 7
Chelsea’s main figure at the centre of defence this season performed well again with his fourth different partner of the season so far. Some great tackles and interceptions kept the Russians at bay.
Antonio Rudiger: 8
A higher mark for Rudiger as he played his first minutes for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in early August. He was comfortable against an attack that didn’t threaten regularly and has staked his claim to get back into Frank Lampard’s side.
Ben Chilwell: 7
The England international has looked at home ever since he arrived in west London. Another top performance offensively and defensively has shown why the boss wanted him so badly.
A disappointing night for both members of the midfield pivot as the were slow on the ball and were outrun constantly in the first half. A rare penalty miss compounded a poor night’s works for the Italian.
Mateo Kovacic: 4
A rare start this season for the Croatian which was noticeable as he struggled to stamp his authority on the game. After the introduction of Kante and Mount after the hour mark we may see a 4-3-3 system implemented on Saturday.
Hakim Ziyech: 8
A superb full debut for the Moroccan international who capped off a decent performance with a great piece of skill and finish to wrap up the game for the blues. Hopefully this will now kickstart his career in west London with fans purring at the thought of him week in week out.
Kai Havertz: 7
A great performance from the German as he floated around the top end of the pitch making it happen when needed. The only thing missing from his performance was a goal but he did grab an assist for CHO’s opener.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 8
A rare start for the Cobham youth product who made it count with the opening goal in a first half where the blues struggled to create chances, will Frank Lampard start to trust him more now?
Timo Werner: 7
A quiet night for Chelsea main man up top who struggled to create chances or get chances throughout the match. After Jorginho was subbed he was able to take the second spot quick of the night which allowed him to smash home his fourth Chelsea goal.
N’Golo Kante: 8
Flawless. Completely changed the game when he came on and proved to the doubters that he can play in a single pivot. His performance has given the coaching staff a major reason to change up the formation in the coming weeks.
Mason Mount: 7
Brought energy into the performance when he came on with Kante into the midfield. He gets a hard time from supporters but he bleeds blue and it shows when he puts in displays like this.
Christian Pulisic: 8
Captain America claimed his first goal of the season after Tammy Abraham slipped him in, with a neat finish into the near post. He is slowly getting back to his best and the Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic, Werner front 4 is very close to becoming a reality.