Schalke 0 Chelsea 5: Player ratings as Willian stars

Player ratings as Chelsea seal Champions League group stage victory against Schalke

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon
Schalke
0
Chelsea
5

Schalke

Ralf Fährmann Surely could have done better with Terry’s early header, which dropped too close to him to justify his lack of effort, and equally should not have been beaten by Willian’s low shot midway through the first half. Redeemed himself a little with a couple of instinctive saves late in the first half, and could hardly have expected Kirchhoff to then direct a header into his own corner. 5/10

Jan Kirchhoff Had a lot of space in a dangerous area ten minutes before half-time but overhit his pass when his team needed something to get back into the game, and things only got worse when a misguided header from a corner dropped agonisingly into his own net. Sacrificed at half-time. 4

Benedikt Höwedes Out-battled by Terry (how often have we said that over the years?) for Chelsea’s opening goal. Struggled between his natural defensive instincts and the need to take attacking responsibility thereafter. 6

Felipe Santana Came under a lot of pressure throughout as Chelsea focused their attacks down the inside left, and seemed to have no answer to Costa in particular. 5

Dennis Aogo Finally managed to get forward to some effect after the half hour, but by that stage his team were already two down. Got somewhat lost in central midfield in the second half. 6

Atsuto Uchida Comfortably his team’s best player, showing forward intent from the early stages, and also putting in a number of last-ditch tackles without which things could have been quite a bit worse. 8

Kevin-Prince Boateng His first meaningful intervention was to concede an 11th-minute foul as Chelsea took complete midfield control. Recycled play neatly enough thereafter, but lacked the precision of his opposite numbers. 6

Marco Höger Took an early yellow card for a nibble on Fàbregas, before a poor back pass in the closing stages of the first half was somehow salvaged by a combination of Fährmann’s leg and a slip from Costa. Continued to get involved though, and was far from his team’s worst player. 6

Roman Neustädter After an entirely forgettable first-half performance, he was a little more prominent in the second period without really bringing a great deal to proceedings. 6

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting A deflected shot which struck the bar just before the quarter hour mark aside, he was noticeable without being influential. 6

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Linked up well with Choupo-Moting for the latter to strike the bar, but otherwise spent most of the game where the ball wasn’t. 5

Substitutes

Christian Clemens Replaced the unfortunate Kirchhoff at half-time. Linked up nicely with Uchida ten minutes into the second half, but his shot was blocked, and tested Courtois late on. 6

Max Meyer On for Boateng midway through the second half, but unable to turn the tide to any meaningful extent. 6

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois Barely called upon throughout the game, and did the little that he had to entirely competently. 6

Branislav Ivanovic Hooked over from a fifth-minute corner, and volleyed inches over on the hour as Chelsea looked for a fourth. His defensive workload was light. 7

Gary Cahill Kept the Chelsea defence organised throughout, and was never truly tested. 7

John Terry Headed in the opening goal from a corner after bullying Höwedes in the air, and put in an important block early in the second half. 7

César Azpilicueta His adventurous streak put the Blues in what spots of bother they occasionally found themselves, and what joy Schalke had in the second half was largely down his side. 6

Nemanja Matic Displayed typically excellent timing of challenges and interceptions, and overall his was a composed performance at the base of midfield. 8

Cesc Fàbregas His corner set up Terry’s opening goal (and, for that matter, Kirchhoff’s even better finish just before half-time), and he was a particular threat from set pieces all night, while his understanding with Diego Costa goes from strength to strength. Replaced by Schürrle late on. 8

Willian (Man of the Match) Clever knock back in the build-up to Chelsea’s second minute goal, was at the end of a delightful move to drive in their second just before the half hour, set up Drogba for the fourth, and was at the heart of most of the Blues’ best attacking moves all game. 9

Oscar Unable to influence the game to the extent of his attacking colleagues, and was sacrificed for Ramires as the game started to peter out. 6

Eden Hazard One dangerous cross after five minutes led to nothing, and otherwise this was a relatively quiet game by his standards until a clever pass for Drogba in the build-up to Chelsea’s fifth. 7

Diego Costa Alert from the start to force a save from Fährmann within little over a minute, Terry scoring from the resultant corner. Otherwise, he was a nightmare for Santana in particular to deal with all night – he looks (understandably) supremely confident at the moment. Replaced by Drogba with 25 minutes to go. 8

Substitute

Didier Drogba On for Costa midway through the second half, and tapped in the fourth in the later stages before setting up Ramires a minute later. 7

Ramires Replaced Oscar with fifteen minutes to go, and scored with virtually his first touch. n/a

André Schürrle On for Fàbregas with ten minutes to go. n/a

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