Everton v Chelsea player ratings

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Chelsea dominated possession but were unable to break down an Everton side who showed very little ambition. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.

Thibaut Courtois: 6

Did not have a save to make.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

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Azpilicueta was strong and dependable in defence and made a couple of vital interceptions, but he seemed reluctant to get forward as much as normal because of Everton’s pace on the counter-attack.

Andreas Christensen: 8

The Dane continues to stand out and was once again exceptional with and without the ball. The only blip came late in the first half when he was caught in possession by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Otherwise he was excellent.

Antonio Rudiger: 4

Had a really poor game with the ball at his feet and was also guilty of some sloppy defending. Made numerous errors in the first half when he all too often dithered in possession and wasted his pass. One of the mistakes which could have easily led to Tom Davies scoring and he lost Michael Keane for an injury-time chance at the end.

Victor Moses: 6

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Had a frustrating afternoon, getting himself into good positions on countless occasions but struggling to find his way past Cuco Martina. And when he did his delivery tended to desert him.

N’Golo Kante: 8

Typically strong and imposing in the middle of the park, his workrate and ability to win more than his fair share of 50-50 challenges laid the platform for the midfield’s dominance.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: 7

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A forceful presence, winning his tackles and setting up several decent opportunities with surging runs. He had a first-half effort cleared off the line, but his shot lacked conviction

Marcos Alonso: 7

The Spaniard was a constant presence in attack. He had a good strike saved and another effort cleared off the line in the second period and was rarely needed in defence.

Pedro: 6

Ineffective in the first half and unable to influence the game despite making some decent runs in behind. He mis-kicked when in a decent position to strike at goal on at least two occasions and the pattern continued after the break, leading to him being replaced just after the hour mark.

Willian: 5

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His first half was littered with examples of trying clever flicks and tricks when the occasion demanded patience and commonsense. He learned his lesson after the interval but was still unable to find a telling pass and was replaced just after the 70-minute mark.

Eden Hazard: 8

The Belgian was predictably targeted throughout but remained Chelsea’s brightest attacking threat and came close to grabbing the winner with a fine low strike after the break.

Cesc Fabregas: 7

His creative presence lifted Chelsea during a flat spell in the match but there was to be no magical moment to earn his side three points.

Michy Batshuayi: 6

Couldn’t prove his manager wrong, having once again been overlooked. He was busy after coming on but did not get a sniff of goal.