Tuesday 24 April 2018

Chelsea player ratings v PSG

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta John Terry, David Luiz and their team-mates celebrate at the final whistle.
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta John Terry, David Luiz and their team-mates celebrate at the final whistle.

Chelsea left it late, very late, but eventually did enough to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals. Here is how the players rated.

Petr Cech - Had no shots to deal with in the first half but had to be on form to keep PSG quiet as they pushed for what would have been a decisive goal. 7

Branislav Ivanovic - Struggled at times to keep up with the pace of the visitors' attacking options but you could not argue with his battling spirit. 7

Gary Cahill - Guilty of a wasteful shot over the bar after 37 minutes but it did not cost his side. Kept Edinson Cavani quiet for the most part. 7

John Terry - An authoritative figure as always in defence against a side full of world-class talent that often lacked leadership. 7

Cesar Azpilicueta - Keeping Moura at bay was no easy task for the Spaniard, yet the full-back did just that and provided an attacking outlet as well. 7

David Luiz - Did well in shielding the defence, breaking up play and providing an option on the attack. 7

Frank Lampard - Not the greatest of displays from Chelsea's record goalscorer. Too often passes went awry. 6

Willian - An energetic performance from the skilful midfielder, who switched flanks with aplomb as Chelsea looked to unsettle PSG's full-backs. 7

Oscar - The Brazilian often saves his best for Champions League nights and this was another fine display, with his nifty footwork making him a constant threat. Rattled the crossbar with a second-half free-kick. 8

Eden Hazard - Always a danger with the ball at his feet, the PSG target was forced off with injury after only 18 minutes. 6

Samuel Eto'o - Anonymous display for the most part, although there were flashes of his undeniable quality. 6

Substitutes:

Andre Schurrle (Hazard, 18) Slotted in impressively after his early introduction, showing fine poise and skill to strike home with 32 minutes on the clock. 8

Demba Ba (Lampard, 66) Chelsea moved to a two-pronged front line in a bid to find another goal and it had the desired effect. As well as physical focal point, he netted the all-important winner. 7

Fernando Torres (Oscar, 81) Mourinho started the first leg without a recognised striker but ended the second with three. It worked. 6

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