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Felix Gets 8, James With 7 | Chelsea Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Aston Villa

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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 welcomed Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge earlier this evening as they hoped to earn a good result in front of their home fans in the Premier League. The Blues made a disappointing start to the game as they conceded the opening goal in the 18th minute when Ollie Watkins scored for the Villans. Graham Potter’s men failed to mount a comeback and went into the half-time break 1-0 down on the scoreline.

John McGinn scored with a great strike in the 57th minute which put Chelsea in a world of trouble. The West London club failed to mount a comeback and crashed to a poor 2-0 loss at home.

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

GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5/10

The Spaniard failed to make a save in the game and conceded a goal in each half.

CB: Reece James – 7/10

James got stuck in with a few solid tackles and engineered two inviting chances in the final third.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 7/10

He did his fair share of defending and was a strong presence in the air.

Aston Villa’s Spanish defender Alex Moreno (L) fights for the ball with Chelsea’s English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge in London on April 1, 2023. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

CB: Marc Cucurella – 6/10

He was far from convincing at the back and managed to create some decent chances in the opponent’s half.

RM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6/10

Loftus-Cheek made one key chance in the final third and was tidy with his ball distribution.

CM: Enzo Fernandez – 7/10

The Argentine sensation orchestrated a few decent chances in the opponent’s half and completed some dangerous dribbles as well going forward.

CM: Mateo Kovacic – 7/10

Kovacic struggled to protect his backline in the lead-up to the two Aston Villa goals. However, he was a threat in the final third.

LM: Ben Chilwell – 6.5/10

He earned possession back once for Chelsea and was a constant menace in the opposition half.

RAM: Kai Havertz – 6.5/10

Havertz caused a lot of problems for the Aston Villa defenders but failed to find the back of the net.

LAM: Mykhailo Mudryk – 6/10

He retained possession well but lacked quality on the attacking end of the pitch.

ST: Joao Felix – 8/10

Felix made plenty of promising runs with the ball and did everything but score this evening.


CM: N’Golo Kante – 6.5/10

The Frenchman got stuck in with some solid tackles and made one good chance in the final third.

RW: Noni Madueke – 7/10

He produced a nice cameo off the bench.

CM: Conor Gallagher – 6/10

Gallagher added some energy to Potter’s midfield.

CM: Christian Pulisic – 6/10

Pulisic had a couple of lively moments in the game.

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