Michy Batshuayi’s late goal gave Chelsea a priceless Champions League victory. Here’s how we rated each Blues player against Ajax.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6
Rarely tested but dealt well with balls into his area.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
Solid and dependable on his 350th Chelsea appearance.
Kurt Zouma: 6
Hit and miss, but looks more comfortable on the right of a back three.
Fikayo Tomori: 6
Pulled himself together after a dodgy first half. An early mistake almost proved costly but he was much improved in the second half.
Marcos Alonso: 7
A clever step over the ball helped tee up Batshuayi’s goal. The Spaniard worked hard on the left.
Mateo Kovacic: 6
Not at his best and was fortunate when Ajax hit the post after he lost his man at a corner. Won his fair share of challenges in midfield though.
Did well in midfield and got through plenty of work off the ball.
Mason Mount: 7
Combative and a threat going forward. Had a couple of efforts on goal and always looked to create.
Lively at times, but picked up a knock in the second half and was struggling when replaced by Christian Pulisic.
Tammy Abraham: 6
A learning experience for the young striker, who found the going tough against Ajax’s streetwise centre-backs. Worked hard up front but had little joy before being taken off with 20 minutes remaining.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 7
Bright in the first half but did appear to run out of steam, perhaps feeling the effect of his recent return to action after a long spell out injured.
Christian Pulisic: 8
Lively after coming on against Newcastle and was impressive again after his second-half introduction. Set up two chances for Batshuayi – the second of which the Belgian took – and went close to scoring himself.
Michy Batshuayi: 8
Guilty of an appalling miss before making amends in emphatic fashion.