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Jorginho Gets 9, Silva With 8 | Chelsea Players Rated In Dominant Win Vs Malmo

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Chelsea entertained Malmo at Stamford Bridge earlier tonight as they focussed on securing all three points in front of their home supporters. The Blues made an electric start to the game as they took the lead in the ninth minute when Andreas Christensen scored from close range. Jorginho doubled Chelsea’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 21st minute. Thomas Tuchel’s men sat on their lead well and went into the half-time break 2-0 up on the scoreline.

Kai Havertz got his name on the scoresheet just three minutes into the second half before Jorginho once again scored from another penalty to kill the game off. The Blues cruised to a dominant 4-0 win at the English capital.

Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player fared during the match against Malmo.

GK: Edouard Mendy – 6.5/10

Mendy did not have a save to make in the game and earned a comfortable clean sheet at home.

CB: Andreas Christensen – 8/10

He kept a good defensive shape at the back and gave Chelsea the lead with a well-directed finish from close range.

CB: Thiago Silva – 8/10

Silva didn’t put a foot wrong when defending inside his half and even got an assist to his name.

CB: Antonio Rudiger – 7.5/10

The German defensive ace cleared his lines when required and passed the ball relatively well from the back.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Jorginho of Chelsea celebrates with teammate Ben Chilwell after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Chelsea FC and Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on October 20, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5/10

The Spaniard did his fair share of defending but failed to influence the game in the attacking third. He got replaced after the hour mark.

CM: N’Golo Kante – 7/10

Kante controlled the game well in midfield and created two key chances in the final third.

CM: Jorginho – 9/10

The Italian sensation deserves credit for successfully converting two penalties during the game. He also offered decent defensive protection from his teammates at the back.

LM: Ben Chilwell – 7/10

Chilwell got stuck with some crunching tackles and was quite lively on the ball. However, there was no goal or assist for him tonight.

RAM: Mason Mount – 7.5/10

The English playmaker created some meaningful openings for others around him but was wasteful with his shot attempts.

LAM: Timo Werner – 6/10

He had to go off with an injury in the 43rd minute.

ST: Romelu Lukaku – 6/10

The Belgian international began the game well but was forced off with an injury in the 22nd minute.


ST: Kai Havertz  – 8/10

Havertz was a constant menace in the Malmo half and managed to get his name on the scoresheet in the 48th minute.

RAM: Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7/10

He came on to replace Werner in the 43rd minute. Hudson-Odoi did well to pick up an assist in the second half.

CM: Saul Niguez – 6.5/10

The Spaniard added some bite and steel to Thomas Tuchel‘s midfield.

LM: Marcos Alonso – 7/10

Alonso orchestrated some decent chances for his teammates to score.

RM: Reece James – 6/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game.

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