Terry, Azpilicueta or Willian? Chelsea’s Best Players against Arsenal Analyzed
Last night Chelsea earned a hard-fought goalless draw at the Emirates against the Gunners.
The game was not an entertaining one but tactically it was different and interesting for Chelsea as they were without a fully fit striker but still they managed to start some effective attacks without a successful end product. While for the second half of the game Chelsea were defending as their main intention was to keep Arsenal at a hand’s distance.
Here are the ratings of Chelsea players based on their yesterday’s performance:
Thibaut Courtois – 6.0/10
It was just a stand in the park for the Belgian as the Chelsea defense didn’t allow any shot to reach him. He was good during corners and set pieces and also stopped 2 easy shots.
Branislav Ivanovic – 6.8/10
Ivanovic was not really impressive as he committed many fouls and some of his tackles were really bad which could have got him a red card. Then there’s the argument that there wasn’t much at stake and hence the carelessness. However, he seemed more than capable of keeping balls out of the box. He was good at blocking and clearing shots and was impressive during corners and set pieces.
Gary Cahill – 6.0/10
He was solid in the middle of the defense with Terry and was involved in one of the many penalty incidents of the game. The Referee was wise enough to understand that the ball hit his arm in a natural position due to his proximity to the shot.
John Terry – 9.5/10 (Best Player)
This was one of the best performances Terry has ever given, as stated by Mourinho himself. He was the king in the middle of the defense as he organized the back four, guided them with their tasks; also cleared and blocked many shots his tackles were perfectly timed and accurate to the tee.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 9/10
Azpilicueta was outstanding as he had Bellerin and Ramsey in his pocket for the entire time. Apart from this he made 10 successful tackles which is an outrageous number especially in a match of this magnitude.
Nemanja Matic – 7.0/10
Matic was good as he bossed the midfield, tackled the opposition many times to win the ball back, blocked some shots and made a few clearances from Chelsea’s box. At times it looked like he was the center half in front of the center halves. His passes were accurate and some were fruitful too.
Ramires – 6.3/10
Ramires was just average – an ambitious runner who could not do anything great, he also missed a chance to rack up a goal because of his bad first touch but his contributions were very helpful in the defensive third.
Willian – 8.2/10
Willian was a class apart, he was quick, energetic, played with great enthusiasm and showed mesmerizing work rate. His movements were threatening and impactful also his passes were lethal and he created a lot of chances to be precise most of the Chelsea attacks were inaugurated by him. Enjoyed the number of times he got on the ball.
Cesc Fabregas – 6.3/10
Fabregas was booked for diving and also came close to getting a red card but he was a goal threat a couple of times and his passing was decent too.
Eden Hazard – 7.5/10
The best player in the Premier League didn’t give his best possible performance yesterday but overall he was above satisfactory, his movements and dribbles were threatening and he also created a few chances.
Oscar – 6.9/10
Oscar tried his best to score a goal in an unfamiliar number 9 role but could not score, he almost earned two penalties but the fouls were not heavy enough in Michael Oliver’s opinion. He was taken off at half time due to an injury which was caused during a clash between him and Ospina. That incident was a certain penalty and red card, but it wasn’t to be.
Didier Drogba – 5.8/10
Was introduced in the second half but could not do much because of lack of match fitness.
Kurt Zouma – NA
Juan Cuadrado – NA
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Edited By: Ojas