A goal scored by Mislav Orsic in the first half startled Chelsea when they were away at Dinamo Zagreb, and they ended up losing 1-0 to the Champions League’s lowest-ranked team. The Blues’ performance in their Group E encounter was quite poor, in the first half, the Croatians were the superior team, but Thomas Tuchel’s squad made a strong drive for an equaliser in the second half.
A loss in a game against the team with the worst record on paper in the group would be a significant letdown. Nevertheless, Chelsea must prepare for their next Champions League fixtures which is against RB Salzburg and AC Milan. However, the next Chelsea matches will be with a new manager because Thomas Tuchel has been sacked. The next manager for Chelsea is set to be Graham Potter who was a popular bet here at in2bet.com.cy. Within this online platform, you will be given fantastic odds, as well as wonderful promotions to help you get started. Nevertheless, in this article, let’s explore some of the player ratings for the Chelsea squad against Dinamo Zagreb.
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Rating 6)
Kepa made his first appearance since March 2, when Edouard Mendy’s form and health were called into question following the nail-biting victory against West Ham. Kepa had to make a number of saves from long-range attempts, one of which was from Stefan Ristovski in the 56th minute of the match.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Rating 5)
Although he was supposed to be playing centre defence, the captain of the Blues played quite high up the field in an effort to break down Dinamo Zagreb.
In the 33rd minute, Azpilicueta made a mistake on his own and sent the ball away. At halftime, he was removed from the game in order to make room on the field for more offensive players. It was possibly a stroke of bad luck that he was taken away.
Wesley Fofana (Rating 4)
The 21-year-old had a strong showing in possession while playing in a high line but was overtaken by Mislav Orsic, who ended up scoring anyway.
Kalidou Koulibaly (Rating 4)
His interference on the halfway line was inadequate and enabled Bruno Petkovic to transfer the ball to teammate striker Orsic to score. He was later booked for a yellow card for a rough challenge.
Reece James (Rating 7)
Reece James signed a six-year contract for the Blues, which is excellent news for Chelsea fans. During the Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb, he was easily one of the best players on the pitch. The defender was the closest to score as he hit the post in the 86th minute.
Mason Mount (Rating 5)
During the first half, he played an unorthodox position as the no. 6 and was unable to have any impact on the game due to his disciplined performance.
After that, he was shifted to even another less desirable position on the left flank in a 4-4-2 formation, where he continued to perform poorly. After it became clear that he was becoming frustrated and then proceed to get a yellow card.
Mateo Kovacic (Rating 6)
Kovacic played for sixty minutes in what was an emotional homecoming for him at the club that gave him his break and that he supported as a young lad.
The majority of the player’s family and friends were in attendance to see the midfielder perform admirably until Dinamo scored. After that, the player and his colleagues started to lose their strength gradually.
Ben Chilwell (Rating 4)
The wing-back for Chelsea had a difficult day in Croatia, where he was making his 50th start for the club. Ben didn’t do much throughout the whole game and as a result, he was substituted for Marc Cucurella.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Rating 4)
On his first appearance, Aubameyang seemed slow and listless in Zagreb. It should not come as much of a surprise given that he was unable to participate in any training sessions in the weeks leading up to his transfer because of his facial injury.
However, it was a debut that will be difficult to forget since he often crossed the ball instead of shooting, he found himself offside much too frequently and did not really threaten to score right away.