Chelsea breezed into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday. A Michy Batshuayi brace, as well as a Marcos Alonso free kick, saw Antonio Conte’s side easily progress into the next round of the competition. The Blues’ performance allowed youngsters Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi gain valuable minutes, as well as a home debut for Ross Barkley. Here’s how the Chelsea players rated yesterday:

Willy Caballero – 7

Another start for the Argentine, and another great performance. He produced a number of fine saves in the first half to keep Chelsea in the lead.

Antonio Rudiger – 7

Solid from the German again, and almost scored a brilliant curling effort in the first, but saw his shot narrowly go wide.

Andreas Christensen – 8

Brilliant from the Dane, and never gave Dwight Gayle or Joselu a chance to test the goalkeeper. Composed as usual.

Gary Cahill – 7

Returned from his injury, and was his usual solid self in the back three.

Davide Zappacosta – 7

Looked dangerous all game. Almost added a fourth late on, and won the free kick which was scored by Alonso.

N’Golo Kante – 7

His usual self once again, winning the ball back on several occasions. What we expect from the Frenchman.

Danny Drinkwater – 7

Comfortable next to his former Leicester teammate, and worked well in midfield.

Marcos Alonso – 8

Scored a sublime free kick and was always a threat going forward. Assisted Batshuayi’s first.

Eden Hazard – 8

Didn’t really need to carry the side as much as other games, but the Belgian was still impressive. Involved in the first two goals.

Michy Batshuayi – 9

Scored a brace, and could’ve had a few more. The Belgian knows how to find the back of the net.

Pedro – 8

Lively throughout, and provided a great ball for Hazard in the build up to the first goal. His performance deserved a goal.


Ross Barkley – 6

Made his home debut, and showed moments of promise. Still looks slightly rusty, however.

Ethan Ampadu – 7

Played an amazing through ball for Pedro, but the Spaniard couldn’t finish. Looked confident.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7

Given his Chelsea debut, and looked very promising. Confident on the ball, and made a few good passes.