Sunderland v Chelsea ratings

Chelsea looked impressive in their first league victory under interim manager Rafael Benitez. Here’s how we rated the players in their 3-1 win at Sunderland.

Petr Cech: 6
Didn’t have much to do and was given no chance for Sunderland’s cracking goal.

Branislav Ivanovic: 6
Solid at the back. Much quieter going forward than he has been previously.

David Luiz: 7
Had a couple of dodgy moments but produced a good performance overall.

Gary Cahill: 7
Played very well and kept Connor Wickham, who can be a handful, quiet throughout.

Ashley Cole: 7
Adam Johnson, who scored Sunderland’s goal, had some joy against Cole but is a quality player when on form. The Chelsea man was mostly on top.

Oriol Romeu: 6
Was having a steady game before limping off midway through the first half.

Ramires: 8
Has not been firing on all cylinders this season but was excellent in this game. Covered endless ground with typical energy, closed down brilliantly and used the ball well. Relentless for the whole 90 minutes.

Victor Moses: 7
Full of running before going off in the second half.

Juan Mata: 8
Exceptional again. Took his goal really well and was a constant threat to Sunderland – despite being the victim of some crunching tackles.

Eden Hazard: 7
Looked livelier than in recent games and was unlucky not to win a penalty.

Fernando Torres: 8
Followed his European brace with two more goals, ending his barren domestic run in style. Also showed great movement and awareness, especially as his confidence soared.

Oscar: 7
Not a welcome sight for struggling Sunderland as he replaced Romeu in the first half. Full of pace and trickery.

Ryan Bertrand: 6
Solid after replacing Moses just after the hour mark.



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