Chelsea v Man City player ratings


Chelsea suffered a 3-0 home loss against Manchester City, meaning back-to-back Premier League defeats. Here’s how we rated the Blues players in the defeat at Stamford Bridge as a miserable season draws to a close.

Thibaut Courtois: 8
Made four brilliant saves to block one-on-one chances and would have saved the opening goal only to be beaten by a tiny deflection. But his efforts were all in vain and his rash late call to come off his line and subsequent red card meant a cruel end to an otherwise excellent performance.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Was left exposed on several occasions and struggled against the impressive movement and fast forward interplay on offer from City’s forwards.

Branislav Ivanovic: 5
Was caught out positionally on the break two or three times and was also poor with his distribution on too many occasions.

Gary Cahill: 7
Guilty of committing to a tackle he never seemed likely to win in the build-up to the third goal, but that blip apart he was the best Blues defender. He made two or three fine defensive challenges, was desperately unlucky with the deflection for the first goal and never stopped giving his all, even when things were going horribly wrong.

Baba Rahman: 5
Seems blissfully unaware of danger and, although he had a promising first few minutes, the Ghanaian was guilty of diving in time after time and some incredibly naive positional play. Has the pace, power, touch and technique, but the ability to defend still seems a mystery.

John Mikel Obi: 5
Moved and used the ball well enough but never provided the protection for his defenders – surely his main role for the team. Never got close to Kevin De Bruyne, despite numerous early warnings and swift counter-attacks.

Cesc Fabregas: 6
Has at least answered those who questioned his workrate and desire, running relentlessly and refusing to give up when the game was clearly lost. The central midfield area remains the most worrying area of the pitch and a lack of consistency of team selection has not helped the Spaniard.

Pedro: 6
Unlucky not to score early on when his shot was cleared off the line and he continued to chase, harry and threaten throughout, without ever playing near his best.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6
Did well before the break, running in behind the City defence and almost scoring after a wonderful turn. Faded after the interval but still showed glimpses of his ability with a couple of dangerous runs.

Willian: 6
Busy in the first half but unable to find a killer pass before, like many of his team-mates, going quiet.

Diego Costa: 6
Ruled marginally offside when finishing brilliantly with the score goalless during a bright beginning, but lacked sharpness on his return from suspension.

Kenedy: 6
Offered some much-needed energy on the flank but he was only on the pitch for nine minutes before Chelsea were reduced to 10 men and conceded a third goal.

Armand Traore: 6
Introduced along with Kenedy in a double substitution with 20 minutes remaining. But by then the game was lost.