Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2: Player Ratings
Grinding out results when it absolutely matters, is a trait of champions, and if you watched last night’s round of Premier League matches, you would definitely know which club I am talking about!
After going 1-0 up early at Villa Park yesterday, we decided to take a nap, thinking Villa are too bad in form to find the net anyway. But, little did we know that Okore had some completely different plans and once the big man equalized at the start of the second half we got to see the Chelsea we had all been waiting for. Maybe next time we should take a nap before the game, eh? Seriously, a Chelsea fan’s life-span must be 5-10 years less than an average football fan!
Anyways, Villa Park is a difficult place to get a win and it all boded well for us in the end which brings us to the player ratings:
THIBAUT COURTOIS: Rating – 6/10
Not the best day in the office for Courtois. Although the Belgian couldn’t have done anything to avoid that goal from Okore, Courtois did look shaky overall, failing to hold on to the ball on more than one occasion. We expect more from you Thi-bo!
JOHN TERRY: Rating – 7/10
Marshaled his troops well. The “Capitano” did experience a few problems in the first half dealing with the pace of Agbonlahor, but he did well nonetheless. A dependable performance as usual from the Englishman.
GARY CAHILL: 7/10
After being dropped to the bench in the last two fixtures in favor of Zouma, the king of last ditch tackles was back into the starting line-up and did enough to justify Mourinho’s’s decision.
CESAR AZPILICUETA: 7.5/10
The Spaniard has had a quiet time as of late, but he made sure to return in form yesterday with a brilliant display at the Left Back position.
BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: 9/10
Man Of The Match performance from the big Serbian, who was solid as a rock defensively owning Sinclair on more than one occasion on the Right Wing. His thunderous half-volley that set up our winner was an absolute peach of a goal from the legs of a fullback! What a player, the Serbian!
NEMANJA MATIC: 8/10
Enough can’t be said about this man who was again brilliant in the middle at Villa Park. His dominating presence in helping out, even bailing out our defenders on many occasions, while being good on the whole offensively as well.
The Brazilian lost the ball on more than one occasion, should have scored a goal in the 38th minute and was generally average at best.
EDEN HAZARD: 8/10
Opened the scoring in the 8th minute, showed his usual few “moments of magic” and was generally excellent, also helping out at the back whenever required.
Provided the secondary assist for the first goal, linked up well with other AM’s, but lost the ball on a few occasions. Although, he was easily turned over at the corner that resulted in a Villa equalizer.
The arrival of Cuadrado sure seems to have done the trick for the Brazilian as he was exhilarating at Villa Park for the Blues. His assist for the Hazard goal was excellent while he was also generally brilliant with his overall play.
DIDIER DROGBA: 5/10
Age sure seems to have caught up with the old man who looked a bit lost on the pitch yesterday. Even his link-up play was nothing spectacular while he didn’t add anything else to the Blues’ armory.
LOIC REMY: 7/10
The arrival of Loic Remy resulted in our second goal, and although the Frenchman wasn’t directly involved, his arrival did cause a good few headaches for Villa defenders to deal with.
JOHN OBI MIKEL: 8/10
Mourinho introduced the Nigerian after we scored the winner, and Mikel was brilliant in helping the team shut down the shop completely. Good stuff from the midfielder.
JUAN CUADRADO: 7.5/10
The Colombian had a good debut. Taking on his men whenever he has the opportunity seems to be an attribute the Colombian is blessed with: the one thing we needed to compliment Hazard! Bring on the big guns!
And oh yeah, we are 7 POINTS CLEAR AT THE TOP! Can’t stress that enough. KTBFFH!
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Edited By: Vikram