Chelsea won against Manchester City 2-1 in a match claimed to be a preview of the UCL final. The Blues beat the Citizens twice in a row, the first time thrashing their hopes of a Quadruple and this time delaying their celebrations of winning the English Premier League. Thomas Tuchel could further upset Pep Guardiola more by winning the UCL against them. Clearly, Tuchel is not Guardiola’s favourite person in the room.
Over here we will talk about the players of the two clubs Chelsea and Manchester City and rate them based on their overall performances.
CHELSEA PLAYERS RATINGS
Edouard Mendy – 8/10
Was steady at the back and saved a decisive penalty from Manchester City’s top scorer. He had a 91% passing accuracy, impressive for a keeper.
Antonio Rudiger – 7/10
Was out of position which led to the first goal but put in a good performance. His long ball accuracy was spot on (6/8).
Andreas Christensen – 6.5/10
Has been the most improved player under Tuchel, should have cleared the ball the first time. He had a decent game except for his mistake until his injury.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 8/10
Surpassed Ashley Cole’s record of providing the most assists by a defender at Chelsea. Won (3/3) of his Aerial duels.
Reece James – 7.5/10
Was nowhere to be seen in the first half, but was so dominant in the second half that Pep had to sub out Benjamin Mendy. He put in crosses for Werner on a platter but it knicked off Laporte and Werner couldn’t put his name in the scoresheet.
Billy Gilmour – 7/10
Similar to Reece James, found it hard to settle in the midfield but improved drastically in the second half and grew more into the game gradually.
N’Golo Kante – 7.2/10
Looks the best when he has a ball-playing midfielder playing with him, but with Kovacic injured and Jorginho deserving of rest had to link the defense and attack which is not his strong suit. Other than that pressed and defended well.
Marcos Alonso – 8/10
At this point, every Chelsea fan considers him more of a striker with his late runs in the box at key stages. Scored the winning goal in extra time.
Christian Pulisic – 7.2/10
Was involved in Chelsea’s first goal and had good linkups at times with Ziyech. Looked a bit lost in the first half and needs to stay consistent with his goal-scoring statistics. Time to carry the weight of the number 10 jersey.
Hakim Ziyech – 9/10 (MOTM)
He Started Chelsea’s comeback with a sniper-like goal, had 100% shot accuracy and 100% dribble success. Helped ease up the press on the struggling midfield and stepped up yet again in a big game. This man loves to score against Manchester City.
Timo Werner – 7.5/10
Chelsea bought him to score goals nonetheless he’s been providing assists and earning penalties. Notched in his 8th assist of the season to complete the comeback.
Kurt Zouma – 7/10
Jorginho – 7.2/10
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7.2/10
MANCHESTER CITY PLAYERS RATINGS
Ederson – 6.5/10
Saved three shots in total and was lucky not to concede more goals with Alonso missing his chip in front of the goal.
Ruben Dias – 6.7/10
Was solid at the back for the Manchester City but couldn’t hold Chelsea off.
Sergio Aguero – 6/10
Tried to seal another title for Manchester City fashionably by scoring a panenka against Mendy but it backfired with him staying in the center of the goal and not diving to any side.
Aymeric Laporte – 6.7/10
Not his best performance and the finesse he usually brings along with him. Had a 93% passing accuracy in the game.
Nathan Ake – 6.8/10
Former Blues Player Ake looked very good in the first half but the team along with him dropped their performances in the second half. Had 1-2 chances to score from setpieces.
Rodri – 6.5/10
Pep surprisingly played only one midfielder, a position he likes a lot. Got caught in possession which led to Chelsea’s first goal.
Benjamin Mendy – 6.3/10
He put in some good long balls to create chances for the team but was exposed defensively by Reece James as the Blues looked to start their comeback.
Joao Cancelo – 6.8/10
Probably the best out of all the other defenders. 100% passing accuracy and won (4/8) ground duels.
Raheem Sterling – 7.2/10
Scored a goal, a constant threat, and was involved in a controversial penalty decision that could have given the Citizens a lead.
Ferran Torres – 6.5/10
Really struggled to get involved. Worked hard, but didn’t have chances.
Gabriel Jesus – 7/10
Worked his socks off, set up the first goal and never stopped running
lkay Gunodgan – 6.9/10
Phil Foden – 6.6/10
Oleksandar Zinchenko – 6.3/10