Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings

Player Ratings Chelsea

Chelsea concluded their first Champions League group stage back in the competition, after a well-fought 1-1 draw with Spanish side Atletico Madrid. The away side struck first, with Saul Niguez heading in from close range after Fernando Torres’ knock on. Chelsea found their equaliser after Sebastian Savic turned Eden Hazard’s shot into his own goal. The draw was not enough for Antonio Conte’s side to top the group, as Roma beat Qarabag. Here’s how the Blues rated last night:

Thibaut Courtois – 6

Was relatively untested against his former side, and claimed well when called upon. Could do nothing about the goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

Another good game from the Spaniard, never has a bad game for Chelsea. Not much to report from Dave.

Andreas Christensen – 7

A big test for Christensen last night, coming up against the likes of Antoine Griezmann, but the Dane coped well, and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Gary Cahill – 6

Was his typical physical self, and dealt with Atletico’s attacking threat well. Was perhaps lucky to escape punishment for clumsily clashing with Griezmann.

Victor Moses – 6

Great going forward, as the Nigerian continues his comeback from injury. Always a good source in attacking areas.

N’Golo Kante – 7

The Frenchman played his typical game last night. Breaking up play, intercepting Atletico attacks. In his element.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 5

Not the best game for the former Monaco man. Lost his man which led to the opening goal. Comically mis-controlled the ball before falling over.

Cesc Fabregas – 6

Didn’t get the ball as much as he would have liked, but many attempted passes didn’t hit their required targets.

Davide Zappacosta – 7

Started on the left side, as Marcos Alonso was handed a much needed rest. Played well, and created a number of chances. Forced a good save from Oblak early on.

Eden Hazard – 8

Chelsea’s main man yet again. At the centre of everything positive for the Blues on the night. Caused Atletico problems and forced the equaliser.

Alvaro Morata – 7

Good movement and link up play from the Spaniard. Found good space for a few chances, but lacked the finish.

Substitutes

Pedro – 6

Looked promising and full of running when he came on, but was moved to a wing-back role late on which hampered him.

Willian – 5

Missed a golden opportunity to give Chelsea all three points after blazing the ball over the bar. A number of passes in the final third were sloppy.

Michy Batshuayi – 6

Made his return from injury and replaced Morata for the final few minutes, but didn’t really have an impact on the game.

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