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Havertz Gets 8, Kovacic With 7.5 | Chelsea Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Red Bull Salzburg

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea locked horns with Red Bull Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena earlier this evening as they looked to secure a good result away from home in the UEFA Champions League. The Blues made a bright start to this game and got their noses ahead in the 23rd minute courtesy of Mateo Kovacic’s excellent left-footed strike. Graham Potter’s men went into the half-time break with a narrow 1-0 lead.

Junior Adamu equalised for the home team in the 48th minute with a composed finish. However, Kai Havertz helped Chelsea regain their lead when he found the back of the net with a brilliant strike. The contest ended with the West London club securing a hard-fought 2-1 win on the road.

Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player performed during the match against Red Bull Salzburg.

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 8/10

The Spanish keeper made a lot of important saves during the game and did well to restrict the opposition to just one goal.

CB: Trevoh Chalobah – 7/10

Chalobah cleared the danger when needed and earned the ball back twice for his team.

CB: Thiago Silva – 7.5/10

The Brazilian defender snuffed out the danger when the opposition are on the offensive. He was even accurate with his passing.

CB: Marc Cucurella – 7/10

The Spaniard gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field.

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RM: Christian Pulisic – 7/10

He had a few lively moments in the final third and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CM: Jorginho – 7/10

Jorginho earned the ball back twice and didn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when required.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 7.5/10

The Croat midfield ace scored a memorable goal to give Chelsea the lead. He also caused a few other problems for the Salzburg defenders.

LM: Raheem Sterling – 6.5/10

He created a few decent chances for others around him but never looked like he would score.

CAM: Conor Gallagher – 7.5/10

Gallagher created a few inviting opportunities for his teammates in the final third but failed to register a goal.

ST: Kai Havertz – 8/10

The German international completed a couple of dangerous dribbles in the Salzburg half and scored the all-important second goal for Chelsea which was enough for them to snatch the win.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7/10

Aubameyang was not shy of having a strike at goal but struggled to finish off his chances.

Substitutes:

CM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6/10

He offered very little after coming off the bench.

RM: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

The Spanish talent kept things solid at the back.

ST: Armando Broja – 5.5/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game.

RAM: Hakim Ziyech – N/A

Ziyech hardly had any time to influence the game.

CAM: Mason Mount – N/A

He came on for the final few minutes of the contest.

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