Chelsea v Wolves player ratings

Chelsea needed an injury-time equaliser by Eden Hazard to salvage a point at Stamford Bridge. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 1-1 draw. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6

Had virtually nothing to do all afternoon apart from pick the ball out of the net after the visitors’ first meaningful attack of the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

Always busting a gut to provide an extra line of attack with those overlaps and was a driving force throughout.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Picked up a yellow card for a blatant bodycheck on Diogo Jota, but dealt well with Raul Jimenez on the occasional Wolves venture into enemy territory. Until the goal.

David Luiz: 6

Wolves’ supremely well-organised defensive unit did not allow any of his long-range passes to bear fruit and he was starved of a role. Hit one free-kick that came to nothing.

Emerson: 6

Given the rarity of Wolves attacks, Maurizio Sarri must surely have been hoping to see more of the Brazilian as an auxiliary forward player. But he offered little.

Jorginho: 6

Seemed to be growing in confidence and was looking tidy early on before a few sloppy passes and the need for a higher tempo saw him taken off 20 minutes from time – to great cheers from home fans.

N’Golo Kante: 7

Made one early half-chance for Higuain but for once not one of the game’s great influencers. Was even shrugged off the ball a couple of times.

Mateo Kovacic: 5

Largely anonymous and unsurprisingly withdrawn in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek soon after the interval. The Croatian could not get his game going.

Pedro: 6

A blast from outside the box just after the Wolves opener needed to be helped over the bar, but his usual busy work brought little reward.

Eden Hazard: 8

Left it late but fashioned a brilliant injury-time equaliser. Fouled repeatedly – as is very often his lot. Won plenty of free-kicks for the Blues but not able to create clear openings until the very end with his strike of pure class. His drilled right-footed shot into the bottom corner gave Rui Patricio no chance.

Gonzalo Higuain: 6

Faded after a promising start. Sharp low shot fired at the near post after racing on to a Kante pass and got to the near post to nod a Pedro cross goalwards. A low left-footed shot on the turn had Wolves keeper scrambling after the break but he missed a far-post tap in at a corner.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7

Was warming up on the sidelines, ready to come on for Kovacic, when Wolves opened the scoring on 56 minutes. Immediately brought fresh urgency to a pedestrian Blues up to then and arguably played a part in injecting the extra pace that ultimately delivered.

Callum Hudson-Odoi: 6

On for Pedro just past the hour mark, but was well marshalled by Jonny and found it hard to create the space to put in any telling crosses.

Willian: 6

Replaced Jorginho for the final 20 minutes – and was soon taking free-kicks. One ping at goal clipped the Wolves wall. A shot from the left edge of the area curled narrowly wide of the far post.

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