Chelsea vs Sporting Lisbon- Player Ratings

Chelsea visited the Portuguese capital last night in their Champions League group game against Sporting Lisbon, which saw the blues come away with a hard fought 1-0 victory. Chelsea have failed to win their last three Champions League matches (D2 L1) and so went with the intention and will to gain three points from Lisbon. Thanks to Nemanja Matic’s 34th minute goal, the former Benfica man got one over on his one-time rivals with a nifty looping header that floated in.

Chelsea were in control of the first half dominating the whole proceedings impressively while missing some goal-scoring chances in between. The second half was completely different, with Sporting Lisbon causing some major problems for the blues with their physical play and sometimes cynical challenges but we were able to hold on to our slender advantage in the end and enjoyed 54.3% possession in the game with 407 completed passes.

So here’s the Chelsea Player Ratings for the match last night:


After having nothing to do against Villa, Courtois had to be on his heels yesterday to make some important saves. As Sporting Lisbon bucked up their attacking cohesion in the second half and were edging closer for an equaliser, he kept cool and came out with a clean sheet and was impressive as always. Rating: 7/10


He was good in the first half, had to make a cynical challenge outside the box in 58th minute to get booked. Overall had a nice game, but -1 for the yellow. Rating: 7/10


After impressing in all his starts so far, much was expected from the left-back. Was fortunate enough to avoid the booking after a push on Nani just outside the box. Had a decent game but not up to his standards. He could have been more effective along the wing. Rating: 6/10


The king of last ditch tackles did everything he could to keep a clean sheet. Had another good game and showed strong character at the back. Rating: 7.5/10


Had a pretty decent game except the moment in the first half when he was unable to mark Slimani just in front of goal. Otherwise strong as always in the back. Rating: 6.5/10


He had a slow start and progressed as the match got older. Grew gradually into the game. Did a good job tracking back as per Mourinho’s defensive tactics and got an assist with the set piece. Rating: 7/10


MAN OF THE MATCH for the blues by a mile. His experience of playing in the Portuguese soil proved beneficial for the team. When other players were struggling in the second half, he was comfortably ruling the pitch and got the only goal of the evening. Rating: 9/10


He looked good penetrating into the defence of Sporting Lisbon in the first half and created few wonderful chances. The cut back for Schurrle was his highlighted move of the evening. But had to face some brutal challenges in the second half as always. Rating: 7/10


He continued his brilliant form and was good on the attack and defence too, making some important tackles. Being replaced by John Obi Mikel in the 71st minute, proved vital starting the game. Rating: 8/10


He did not enjoy one of his best performances last evening. Before being substituted, his only remarkable contribution was getting into the scoring positions and missing those resulting chances. Rating: 5/10


He did not score but was effective in creating chances and had a typical Costa performance with lots of energy and intent. Missed couple of one on one chances against Rui Patricio. Rating: 7/10



Came in for Schurrle in the 60th minute and created a couple of decent chances. Showed some defensive skills too. Rating: 7/10


Substituted Oscar in 70th minute to provide some steel and hold over the game in the middle, had a decent run on the pitch. Rating: 6/10


Introduced for the final few minutes and had a glorious chance to double the lead in the end, unfortunately, didn’t convert. Rating: 5/10

Edited By: Harshal A. Lampardist


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