PSG 3 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as Javier Pastore strikes late

PSG 3 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as the Blues are left with a mountain to climb at Stamford Bridge next week

PSG
3
Chelsea
1

Paris Saint-Germain

Salvatore Sirigu Had a quiet night, and was rarely threatened in the second half. 6/10

Christophe Jallet Touted as the weak link from the start, Jallet actually dealt well with Hazard and Oscar, having spent a lot of time on the sidelines this season. 5

Alex The ex-Chelsea defender looked solid and did well not be dragged out by the visitors’s attackers. 5

Thiago Silva Stepped out of defence at the right time, made marauding runs and his distribution was outstanding. 8

Maxwell Caught out of place on a few occasions and struggled to keep tabs on Willian. Managed to limit crosses into the box. 5

Thiago Motta Cleaned up brilliantly – calm, composed, and sold. 7

Marco Verratti Caused his defence problems by dithering in possession, but advanced well. 5

Blaise Matuidi Athletic and energetic, his cross led to the first goal. Cracked under pressure on a few occasions and gave the ball away. 6

Edinson Cavani A shadow of the player he can be when played up front, but had a decent couple of efforts. 6

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Man of the match) Excellent. Ran well and scored a wonderfully improvised goal. Got back and put a shift in in defence, brought out to rapturous applause. 8

Zlatan Ibrahimovic No moment of magic from the Swede, but his link-up play couldn’t be faulted. A header led to the first goal and he made a nuisance of himself for the second. It remains to be seen how serious an injury he suffered. 7

Substitutes

Lucas Moura Lively running was what Azpilicueta was hoping to avoid late on. 6

Yohan Cabaye Peripheral figure save for two excellent passes. 5

Javier Pastore Scorer of the late goal to give PSG a two-goal cushion, his dazzling run was the standout moment of the match. 7

Chelsea

Petr Cech Struggled under intense Paris pressure and should be very disappointed with conceding a late goal at his near post. 5

Branislav Ivanovic Made some valuable clearances but was too occupied with Lavezzi to offer anything attack wise. 5

Gary Cahill Hardly put a foot wrong, dealing with cross after cross. Showed measured strength and composure to contain Ibrahimovic and Cavani. 7

John Terry Usual solid self, not much of note. 5

Cezar Azpilicueta After an impressive run of games, the Spaniard struggled with PSG’s attackers. Tired late on, and allowed Pastore through. 5

David Luiz Excellent reader of the game, but once again showed his petulance by conceding an unnecessary free-kick and subsequent own goal. Cut a frustrated figure at the final whistle. 5

Ramires Early booking hindered the normally electric midfielder, and he walked a fine line for the rest of the game. Restricted. 4

Willian Ran well, gave his all, but couldn’t provide the telling touch or final ball. 6

Oscar Won the first-half penalty but was subdued after the break. Withdrawn from the action, perhaps in preparation for the second leg. 5

Eden Hazard Chelsea’s standout performer, with quick feet and an even quicker brain. Scored a composed penalty and hit the post not long after with a wonderful volley. Couldn’t make such an impact in the second half as he was called into defensive action. 8

Andre Schurrle Couldn’t make an impact as Mourinho’s conservative approach backfired. He was often found playing deeper than the striker’s role and was replaced early after the break. 5

Substitutes

Fernando Torres Terrible. A detriment to his team where his introduction should have added to Chelsea’s attack. Looks disinterested, and offered next to nothing. 3

Frank Lampard Showed his age, but defended stoutly, save for the goal. 5

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