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Havertz Gets 7, Pulisic With 6 | Chelsea Players Rated In Tough Loss Vs Manchester City

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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 entertained Manchester City at Stamford Bridge earlier tonight as they looked to grind out a good result at home. The Blues were solid in the first half and managed to get into the half-time break with a goalless scoreline.

However, Riyad Mahrez came off the bench and managed to net the opening goal in the 63rd minute for Man City. The West London outfit failed to mount a comeback and crashed to a tough 1-0 loss in front of their home fans.

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

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6.5/10

The Spanish keeper made two good saves at the back but failed to keep a clean sheet tonight.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6.5/10

The veteran full-back did his fair share of defending and made one good run with the ball.

CB: Thiago Silva – 6.5/10

The Brazilian talent used his experience well to clear the danger when needed. He was also tidy with his passing.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 6.5/10

He won a couple of aerial duels but there was no clean sheet for him tonight.

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LB: Marc Cucurella – 6.5/10

Cucurella was a solid presence on the defensive third of the pitch. He got replaced in the 67th minute.

CM: Denis Zakaria – 6.5/10

He anchored the midfield well and made some decent runs with the ball.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 6.5/10

Kovacic offered decent protection for his teammates at the back but failed to influence the game in the final third.

RW: Hakim Ziyech – 6/10

He had a couple of bright moments in the game but didn’t do enough to register a goal.

CAM: Raheem Sterling – N/A

Sterling picked up an injury and got replaced in the sixth minute.

LW: Christian Pulisic – 6/10

He made a slow start to the game and could only last 21 minutes.

ST: Kai Havertz – 7/10

Havertz created some inviting openings for others around him and did his fair share of defending.

Substitutes:

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6/10

He came on early in the game but failed to threaten the Man City goal.

CM: Carney Chukwuemeka – 6.5/10

Chukwuemeka was a threat going forward and was unfortunate to hit the post in the first half.

LB: Lewis Hall – 6.5/10

He made one decent chance in the final third.

CAM: Omari Hutchinson – 6/10

Hutchinson offered very little after coming off the bench.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10

He added some energy to Graham Potter’s midfield.

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