Swansea v Chelsea player ratings

Chelsea were unable to pull off a comeback, with the 0-0 draw taking Swansea though to the Capital One Cup final with a 2-0 win on aggregate. Here’s how we rated the Blues’ players on a disappointing night in Wales.

Petr Cech: 7
Made a couple of decent saves in the first half and used the ball well. But a virtual spectator after the break.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
Heavily involved before the interval but quiet afterwards as Chelsea struggled to earn any decent spell of pressure or possession in the final third.

Ashley Cole: 7
Some fine defending as Swansea broke forward, preventing seemingly certain goals in the second half. His forward runs were curtailed as the game wore on and Chelsea ran out of ideas.

Gary Cahill: 6
Solid and dependable in what little he had to do.

Branislav Ivanovic: 5
Ultimately was defensively sound enough but too sloppy on the ball and his confidence really appears to have been shaken after his error-strewn first leg which cost the Blues so dear.

Frank Lampard: 6
Linked play excellently at times but was unable to influence matters. Too deep and needed to be pushed forward in the final 30 minutes.

Ramires: 6
Too wasteful in possession but it was never likely to be his sort of game. Swansea were tactically spot on and although his energy was as impressive as ever, he was unable to help force a goal.

Oscar: 6
Did okay but no better than that. Like his fellow midfielders, paid the price for Chelsea’s uninspiring, and at times seemingly soulless, second-half effort.

Eden Hazard: 8
Chelsea’s best and most dangerous player until his moment of stupidity saw him sent off. And with his exit, the visitors’ fading chances also disappeared.

Juan Mata: 7
Never stopped running but couldn’t find the killer pass to create the opening goal Chelsea so badly needed.

Demba Ba: 5
Very quiet. Missed one excellent chance when he blazed over but lacked support and was easily contained. Still needed to show more.

David Luiz: 6
Barely involved after coming on midway though the second half.


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