Derby 1 Chelsea 3: Player ratings as Eden Hazard stars

Player ratings as Chelsea beat Derby in the Capital One Cup

By Jonathan Spencer

Derby County

Lee Grant Nothing he could do about any of the goals. Confident display from the keeper when he was put under pressure. 6/10

Cyrus Christie Got forward when he could and gave Derby an extra attacking option. However, could have delivered some better crosses to the front men. Couldn’t have dealt with any of the goals. 6

Richard Keogh He made a terrible mistake, which led to Hazard intercepting the ball and making it 1-0. However, he put in a brilliant block to deny Drogba scoring a second soon after. 5

Jake Buxton Picked up a very soft red card for tugging Remy back with just over 10 minutes of the game to go. Dealt well with most of Chelsea’s attacks. 5

Craig Forsyth Again, just like Christie, he gave a strong option going forward but his final delivery could have been better. 6

Craig Bryson Brilliant performance for his side. Not just due to a lovely finish to give Derby a chance of sneaking back into the match but he was tenacious throughout the match and strung some lovely passes in attack. 7

Omar Mascarell A solid performance from the Derby player. Nothing too spectacular but kept his game simple and gave his side some fluency in attack. He had some good set-piece deliveries, which were swung into dangerous areas. 6

Will Hughes Clever link-up play in attack and he always looked positive with the ball at his feet. He looked forward throughout the match and set Derby up with some good chances. However, he should have scored after some lovely play from Russell to set him up. 7

Johnny Russell Looked composed on the ball and wasn’t afraid to take Luis on down the right-hand side. He made some great runs and nearly provided Derby a way back into the game, setting up Hughes on a plate. 6

Chris Martin He didn’t have too much service but he provided the Chelsea defence with a physical battle, winning the ball in the air on occasions and he linked up well with the other forwards, when he had the chance. 6

Simon Dawkins Linked up well with the rest of the attack and always looked to move the ball forward. Shouldn’t have been replaced as he was proving to be one of the bigger threats for Chelsea’s defence to deal with. 7

Substitutions

Jordon Ibe Worked very hard down the left, causing Azpilicueta a lot of problems. Brilliant attitude when he came on and always looked to run at the defender and be positive. 7

Leon Best He didn’t have a chance to affect the game, as he came on so late in the match. 5

Chelsea

Petr Cech He didn’t have too much to do throughout the match. However, when called upon, he was commanding and confident in goal. A great professional who can be trusted fully by the defence. 6

Cesar Azpilicueta A solid performance from the defender at right-back. He wasn’t under too much pressure and he looked comfortable during the match. 6

Kurt Zouma Unfortunately, his display was cut short from clashing with Cech just before half-time. He was hardly troubled, however, he dealt well with everything that was asked of him. 6

John Terry He didn’t have too much to do throughout the match. He commanded and led well from the back and looked comfortable when he was put under pressure. 6

Filipe Luis Got forward well over 90 minutes and he had a stinging shot saved by Grant late on in the first half. Scored a great free-kick to put Chelsea 2-0 up and left the goalie with no chance. 7

John Obi Mikel Performed well and formed a solid partnership in midfield with Matic that allowed Chelsea to keep a defensively solid structure throughout the game. 6

Nemanja Matic He makes a massive difference to Chelsea’s performance. With him in the side, the team are much more solid and have a good structure. He broke the play up well and acted as a good shield for Chelsea’s defence. 6

Andre Schurrle Scored Chelsea’s third goal just after Buxton’s harsh red card to put the game beyond Derby. Shows the extent of Chelsea’s squad depth that they have a player of his quality who can’t make their starting XI. 7

Cesc Fabregas Set up Hazard for the first goal. Good pass to set Luis, who could have made it 2-0 later on in the first half. Pulled the strings in the midfield, with a good range of passing. 7

Eden Hazard (Man of the match) Intercepted Keogh’s ball and tidily punished the defensive mistake by stroking the ball into the bottom corner to make it 1-0. He always looked a threat, with his quick feet, dribbles at the defence and clever passing. 8

Didier Drogba May not add the same threat as he did in his first spell at the club. However, he still made clever runs and held the ball up well for team-mates. He worked hard and won the free-kick that led to Chelsea’s second goal. 6

Substitutions

Branislav Ivanovic Gave away the ball with a weak pass That led to Derby scoring their only goal. 5

Loic Remy Wasn’t involved too much when he came on but he was highly influential for Chelsea’s third goal. He was picked out by Fabregas to then see his shot saved by Grant, who could only parry it to Schurrle to pass it into the net. 6

Ramires Did nothing of significance due to coming on with only a short time of the game remaining. 5

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