Grading the Chelsea players after the 1-0 victory over PAOK
Chelsea kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win away to PAOK.
Willian scored the only goal of the game for the Blues, in a game where Maurizio Sarri put out a strong team.
How did each player do out of 10?
Kepa: 6 – Given that he barely touched the ball, a six is the only realistic grade.
Davide Zappacosta: 6 – Got forward well. His crossing is an area in which he excels. Barely tested in defence.
Antonio Rudiger: 8 – Chelsea’s star man. His pass eliminated PAOK’s midfield to set up Barkley’s run and assist for the goal. A colossus in defence.
Andreas Christensen: 7 – On his first start of the season, Christensen was composed. He inspires confidence rather than nervousness, which is the specialism of David Luiz.
Marcos Alonso: 6 – Attacked with purpose and created several chances.
Jorginho: 7 – The team lost its fluency after he came off. Played a crucial part in the construction of the goal.
N’Golo Kante: 7 – All over the pitch regaining possession and moving the ball on swiftly. Classic Kante.
Ross Barkley: 7 – He is improving all the time. He drove forward and played in Willian for the goal. He is releasing the ball more quickly and looking to play forward more often.
Willian: 6 – Scored his goal and will hopefully become more prolific under Sarri. But was responsible for numerous sloppy breakdowns in attacking moves.
Pedro: 7 – Took a nasty blow that may rule him out of the West Ham game. Before then, he tested the keeper with shots and was always involved. Again, he and Willian need to be more incisive in the final third with their interplay.
Alvaro Morata: 5 – His finishing was predictably poor although some efforts were close. He failed to hit the target with his seven shots. His all round play was reasonably good though which pushes his grade up.