Chelsea 1-2 Inter: Player Ratings - Who received a 4/10?
Chelsea ended their pre-season tour of the Far East with a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of Inter Milan in Singapore. Sloppy starts at the start of each half and a poor display from the officials contributed to the loss but there were positives including an impressive cameo from an academy product. Here are the ratings for each Chelsea player – found out how Antonio Rudiger did on his debut.
Thibaut Courtois – 6.5
Had to keep Inter at bay almost single-handedly at times and saved Jovetic’s penalty just before half time, only to see it rebound to him before any of his own teammates could get there. Probably should’ve kept out Perisic’s goal and on another day the Belgian would’ve kept the low shot out.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 5.5
An uncharacteristically sub-standard performance from the new vice-captain but was incredibly unlucky to be penalised for his challenge on Jovetic which led to the penalty. On the other hand, was very lucky to get away with gifting the ball to Inter immediately after half time as Jovetic’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.
David Luiz – 7
Not at fault for any of the goals and was a commanding figure in Chelsea’s back 3 once more. Kept control of the defence and made some marauding runs forward that caused problems in the Inter midfield and the Brazilian rarely gave the ball away.
Gary Cahill – 5.5
Not the best start to his career as club captain as he constantly gave fouls away and looked uncomfortable when being asked to deal with Inter’s fast counter attack. Not as composed on the ball as usual and will be looking over his shoulder as Antonio Rudiger looks to push for a starting spot.
Victor Moses – 6
Kept Perisic at bay for most of the first half but was nowhere to be seen for the Croatian’s goal after the restart. His crossing was inconsistent but still looked to move forward in a positive way and got into the thick of the action.
Cesc Fabregas – 5
For the second game in a row, the Spaniard looked uncomfortable in a midfield two against quick and technical opponents. Could not dictate the tempo as he’d have liked to but did install an element of calm at times in the second half. His role of an impact sub last season will probably continue this season after less than impressive performances against top-class opposition.
N’Golo Kante – 6
Looked a shadow of the player we’ve seen over the last couple of years and gave the ball away in the build-up to Inter’s second goal but responded in admirable fashion. His mistake seemed to spur him on to redeem himself and he was a key factor in Chelsea’s late domination in the game; constantly winning back the ball for his teammates.
Marcos Alonso – 4
A really lackluster performance from the left wing-back as he offered very little going forward and in defence. Rarely got involved in Chelsea attacks and continued to leave his defenders isolated until he was replaced by Antonio Rudiger in the second half. The Spaniard looked exhausted at times and Chelsea’s pursuit of Alex Sandro looks justified.
Willian – 7
Once again, the Brazilian provided the spark that was needed in the Chelsea attack in the absence of Eden Hazard as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury back home. Pestered the Inter backline for the majority of the game and nutmegged people at will but was left frustrated by his teammates at times.
Alvaro Morata – 6
Played on the left of the attacking 3 and did what he could in an unfamiliar position; showing off some impressive link-up play and dribbling. Brought teammates into play as often as he could and showed a quick turn of pace but could not get used to playing on the left. A promising start and it looks as if he can fill those boots left by Diego Costa.
Michy Batshuayi – 7
Was bright in the first half and got a number of shots away but could not find that killer touch in the penalty area. The Belgian was kept quiet in the second half by the Inter defenders but he should’ve got the goal he deserved late on but an incorrect offside flag denied him.
Antonio Rudiger – 6.5
A very solid debut from the German who played on the right of the back 3 and looked at home in the formation. Very assured on the ball and not afraid to put a strong tackle in and also looked a threat from set-pieces.
Charly Musonda – 6.5
A contender for a place in the Chelsea squad this season after a bright performance playing on the right of the front 3. Breezed past defenders at times with his quick feet but could not get that final ball or shot right. A promising cameo nonetheless.
Jeremie Boga – 6
His close control was useful when Inter sat deep in the final stages of the game but he, like every other Chelsea player, get that killer final ball.
Jake Clarke-Salter, Cristian Cuevas, Mario Pasalic, Fikayo Tomori, Loic Remy and Kyle Scott all came on for the final minutes.
A special mention has to go to Geoffrey Kondogbia who scored the most extraordinary own goal to give Chelsea hope in the second half. The Frenchman went to pass it back to his keeper but he sent his back-pass way over him and into the net from a good 40 yards out. Sign him up Antonio – he’s clearly interested in a move.