NK Maribor 1-1 Chelsea: Blues’ player ratings as Mourinho’s men draw flak in Slovenia

Chelsea were held on to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Maribor side in Slovenia. José Mourinho was visibly disappointed with the team as he put on a serious expression throughout the game pondering over tactics and motivation methods for his players.

Chelsea would need to step up their performances and not fall prey to complacency as they face a struggling Liverpool side at Anfield on Saturday. Here are the ratings for Chelsea players based on their performances.

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Petr Cech: 6/10

He had a rather busy night which he may have not anticipated. He had to stop some hopeful shots on target as the home side counter attacked Chelsea. He could do nothing about the brilliant curling goal by Ibraimi.

Branislav Ivanovic: 5.5/10

He had a decent start to the game but did not affect the play in the offensive areas. He was switched to the left side of defence in a three-man defensive structure where he was uncomfortable.

Kurt Zouma: 6/10

He had some crucial blocks early on especially when he put his body on the line. He had noticeable physical presence. He had a regular yet promising match and some crucial game time under his belt.

John Terry: 6/10

There wasn’t much Terry could do to stop the goal. Again, even he had a regular night where he put in some good tackles. The team’s defensive shape was a bit awkward after Luis was substituted for Ramires and Ivanovic shifted to central defence. Terry would have certainly had better nights organising the defence in this case.

Filipe Luis: 5.5/10

Luis did very little in offensive areas to bother Maribor. He had a good link up with Hazard as usual, but his crosses were not accurate enough. He was substituted early in the second half after a regular performance.

Nemanja Matic: 6.5/10

Matic scored the crucial equalizer to ensure that Chelsea remain unbeaten. He did the regular job pretty well but again; he was part of the team that was not playing with intensity. Maribor scored through a counter attack and probably Matic, and others could have stopped the build up.

Cesc Fabregas: 7/10

He was the chief midfield orchestrator for the Blues. He may have been slightly sluggish like most others in the team, but his involvement was omnipresent in Chelsea’s attacks.

Willian: 5/10

We’ve seen better displays from the Brazilian as he failed to perform to the expectations in his 45 minutes of play time. He would have to be more decisive in offensive contributions in the coming games.

Andre Schürrle: 5/10

He was uncomfortable playing behind the striker early on and was scrappy even from the wings. He’s not been in the best of forms which was evident as he missed a sitter that, fortunately, ruled offside. Was substituted at half time.

Eden Hazard: 6.5/10

He was at his regular high level while dribbling past opponents, but he couldn’t make a significant contribution in the match. The positives were that he was the chief tormentor for the Maribor defence while the negatives include a missed penalty (which he himself won) and a missed sitter.

Didier Drogba: 5.5/10

He showed strength and work rate marking a typical physical and robust performance. He lacked the first touch, composure or finesse that he would usually have on other days. Played better in the second half.


Oscar: 7/10

He was lively and involved in build-ups. He created a great chance for Hazard by involving in an attractive combination play with him. Unfortunately, the chance was not converted by the Belgian.

Diego Costa: 6.5/10

He looked a bit edgy with his shooting probably because of the time he spent without playing. One of his shots was well saved by the keeper.

Ramires: 5.5/10

He played a complicated role on the right side of midfield, working as a part time wingback and a winger. Didn’t have a telling contribution apart from work rate.

Edited By: Ankur Bhatt

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