Chelsea v Leicester player ratings


Chelsea’s disappointing defence of their Premier League title ended with a 1-1 draw against new champions Leicester City. Here’s how we rated the players in Guus Hiddink’s final game in charge.

Thibaut Courtois: 7
Returned from illness and, bar a misjudgment in the first half when he was beaten to a through ball by Jamie Vardy, he largely did well. Fielded shots from Demarai Gray, Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp but could do little about Danny Drinkwater’s thunderbolt.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
Tidy defensively in the first half, despite the threat of overlapping full-back Christian Fuchs, but was given a bit more of a test in the second when Schlupp came on. That was until he was switched to centre-back – his third different position of the season – to accommodate debutant Fikayo Tomori.

Gary Cahill: 7
Was occasionally given the runaround by England team-mate Vardy but also denied him a shooting opportunity when he slid in well at the near post. Still seems to lack authority when John Terry is absent. 

Branislav Ivanovic: 7
Has often put in better performances at centre-back this season and this was no exception. Good in the air and strong on the ground before making way for Tomori.

Baba Rahman: 8
One of his best displays in a Chelsea shirt. Still needs to polish up his defending but he got forward well, put in some dangerous crosses and almost scored with a deflected effort clawed away by Kasper Schmeichel.

Nemanja Matic: 8
Much more like the Matic of last season. He rarely wasted the ball, started counters, was fouled for the penalty and even found time to organise Ruben Loftus-Cheek with some choice words.

Cesc Fabregas: 9
Once again, Chelsea’s creative heartbeat. Scored the penalty that gave them the lead, but also took up some intelligent positions and kept Schmeichel busy.

Pedro: 7
Bright early on, and went close to opening the scoring with a right-footed shot which narrowly went past the upright. Also tapped in from an offside position, but faded before being replaced by Loftus-Cheek.

Willian: 6
Picked up Chelsea player of the year award on the eve of the game but failed to make an impact on this game, bar one shot which was spectacularly saved by Schmeichel. Gave the ball away too regularly and ran into traffic at times.

Eden Hazard: 7
Dazzled every so often, most notably when his incisive run helped set up the attack from which Chelsea were awarded their penalty.

Bertrand Traore: 6
Once again led the line in Diego Costa’s absence, but he was too hesitant when chances came his way, instead preferring to give way to more senior team-mates. Came off after 54 minutes.

Tammy Abraham: 6
Replaced Traore for his home league debut and although he showed promise, with bursts of pace and a couple of blocked shots – plus one late on which went just wide – his touch and judgement of the offside trap let him down sometimes.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6
Put himself about after replacing Pedro and had a shot blocked, but struggled to make a real impact.

Fikayo Tomori: 7
A quietly effective debut at right-back for the newly crowned academy player of the year. He looks promising.