Last season’s Europa League winners Chelsea secured their progress into the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, after a comfortable 2-1 victory over Lille at Stamford Bridge. The Blues completely outplayed the Ligue 1 outfit on the night, and the English side went through thanks to first-half goals from Tammy Abraham and Cesar Azpilicueta. Although former Chelsea star Loïc Remy got one back for the visitors to apply a little bit of pressure in the final stages, Frank Lampard’s men were able to see out the win on the night.
Here are the Chelsea players rated in their win over Lille.
Kepa Arizzabalaga – 7
The Spaniard had a reasonably stress-free evening against the French opposition as the Blues dominated possession of the ball right from the opening minutes. He was helpless with the Remy strike.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7.5
The Spaniard did get caught out for the Lille goal but didn’t put another foot wrong in the entire match. Worked some excellent sequences with Willian and got himself a good goal as well.
Antonio Rudiger – 9
The German’s return is one of the biggest positives of the season so far for Lampard, as can be seen from his performance on the night. The centre-half dominated in the air and showcased excellent pace as well.
Kurt Zouma – 8
The Frenchman also put in a proper shift at the back, despite the fact the Blues remained mostly untroubled. Switched play well and made a crucial sliding challenge in the box as well.
Emerson – 7.5
The Italian international got plenty of joy down the left flank today as the Blues’ attackers ran riot in the first half. He linked up well with Pulisic and put in a solid defensive contribution as well.
N’Golo Kante – 8.5
The Frenchman set the tone in midfield with his pressing and energy. He drove the ball forward on multiple occasions and even helped Willian on the flanks at times. Slowly coming back to his best.
Jorginho – 7.5
The Italian ran the tempo of the game right from the start and showed great enthusiasm to get back and make some crucial tackles as well. Looks well rested and ready to start in the league.
Mateo Kovacic – 9
The Croatian’s performance level hasn’t dropped in the longest time now, and he’s been the Blues’ most consistent player so far this season. An absolute nightmare for the opposition midfielders when he runs at them.
Willian – 7
The Brazilian tried to make things happen for the Blues, but a lot of it didn’t seem to come off. He used his experience to full effect to slow the game down and did well to set Abraham up for the opener.
Tammy Abraham – 7.5
The Englishman opened the scoring for the Blues with a neat tap-in but wasn’t given too many other chances in front of goal. He held play up well and was taken off in the second half.
Christian Pulisic – 7
The American had multiple mazy dribbles in and around the Lille box, but like his Brazilian counterpart Willian, not everything he tried came off. Moved the ball superbly on the way to the Abraham strike.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5
Made little to no effect after coming on and he was wasteful in the final third as well.
Michy Batshuayi – 6
Held up the ball well as Chelsea saw the game out, but arguably should’ve scored considering that he had a golden chance.
Mason Mount – NA
Didn’t have time to make an impact.
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