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Chelsea player ratings vs Aston Villa

 Chelsea FC secured a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa today, credits to a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a goal from Mateo Kovacic.



Edouard Mendy


In the opening 45 minutes, Chelsea were on the defending side and needed their goalkeeper to deliver. Mendy also he was the right man for the task.



The Senegal international gave an excellent  stop to keep Chelsea's lead and was reliable throughout with his handling. Without doubt, one of Europe's best.

 8 ratings.


Trevoh Chalobah


Brought back into the starting XI, he caused an early mistake that Aston Villa failed to take advantage of.


Chalobah quickly regained his stand and was kept busy as Villa launched several attacks down the Chelsea right wing. Stepped up again in the game.



Thiago Silva


The Brazilian got informed he could feature in this match late last night. Given his experience, it was little surprise this didn't impact him one bit.


Silva was unbeatable and stood up to Villa's numerous attacks. He also made a very decisive block in the first half to deny Ollie Watkins.

 8 ratings.


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Antonio Rudiger


A good performance from Rudiger. There were a few fast interceptions, a frustrated glance or two at a teammate, and the shot from, at least, 30 yards that went nowhere near the opposition goal. He's become remarkably consistent. 

7 ratings.


Callum Hudson-Odoi


Handed a start at right wing-back, unfortunately not his favoured role, the weaknesses in Hudson-Odoi's defensive game were exposed by Villa in the first half.


He was later moved into the forward line on the hour mark and looked very comfortable, although did receive a verbal shouts from Tuchel for not finding a forward pass. 

6 rating.



Kovacic


As Kante was out due to injury, Jorginho on the bench and Saul new to the Chelsea midfield, the work load was on Kovacic to step up and deliver. He surely  did.


His assist for Lukaku's opener was superb. The run, the pass, it was all perfect.

 8 rating.



Saul Niguez


The Spaniard was given first starting XI by Thomas Tuchel and that proved a mistake as Saul struggled with the intensity of Villa's pressing game. Throughout halftime, he was caught in possession or lost the ball and that was the springboard for several of the visitors' attacks.


Saul was substituted  at half time. He will improve, But this was certainly a debut to forget.

 4 rating



Marcos Alonso


In the space of 12 months, Alonso has gone from being banished from the first team to captaining. Not a bad turnaround. 6 rating



Hakim Ziyech


With Mason Mount having featured regularly for England while on international call, Ziyech was given an opportunity to impress as Chelsea's jersey No.10. There images of his quality and a couple of excellent passes, but the Moroccon star wasn't able to give the kind of decisive performance he displayed in pre-season.

 6 rating.


Kai Havertz


The German was a surprise starter despite he suffered from flu during the international break, and he struggled to impose himself of the match. There were  nice touches but that characterised his early season performances was missing.

Was substituted not long after the second half. 

6 rating.



Romelu Lukaku


Chelsea spent £97.5million on the Belgian striker to make the difference in the key moments, to drag Chelsea to victory when not at their best. He did that at Stamford Bridge today.


The composure and ruthlessness showcased by his goal opener was everything the Blues lacked in the penalty box last term. And his second goal, a powerful drive from the edge of the box, further highlighted his quality.


Two chances, two goals.

 8 rating.




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