Chelsea Player Ratings: Koulibaly’s Miserable night is made Better by Lewis Hall = Manchester City defeated a dejected Chelsea squad that is counting down the minutes till the World Cup break. Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick and Julian Alvarez’s far post tap-in were the goals that led Manchester City to victory. Lewis Hall had a strong performance.
The Blues got off to a strong start in an even Carabao Cup match at the Etihad Stadium, generating multiple openings, but they ended up missing their opportunities.
At the opposite end of the field, they were prone to making mistakes after halftime, as seen by Edouard Mendy becoming confused by his own wall and failing to jump for Mahrez’s free-kick.
Edouard Mendy, position 6
After Julian Alvarez caught him in possession by preventing his long kick, he appeared to be in a precarious position early on. In the 41st minute, Grealish made a magnificent stop for the team.
His shot-stopping was fantastic, and he made two key stops early in the second half, both of which were on Grealish. When Mahrez took his free kick, there was some uncertainty since he thought the wall should have jumped to prevent the shot, but it didn’t.
Trevoh Chalobah – 5
Since Wesley Fofana suffered his injury on October 5, Chalobah has not missed a single minute of action for Chelsea. He did appear to be a little more lanky than normal and struggled to put up a patchwork defence. After putting forth so much effort to play every week, perhaps something had to go. In the 68th minute, he was ultimately taken out of the game to get some much-needed rest.
Kalidou Koulibaly – 4
Despite the fact that this was only his second game back in action since his recent injury, he struggled to make convincing clearances and tackles early on. His blunder might have resulted in an own goal, and the hefty tackle he made outside the area on Jack Grealish could have resulted in a harsher penalty. Played Alvarez onside despite having bad placement for his attempt in the 29th minute.
Because he did not leap while he was in the wall, perhaps at blame for the goal scored by Mahrez on a free kick. The goalie was caught off guard when the ball settled in the back of his net, and it appeared to have confused him.
Marc Cucurella – 6
After Man City spent the whole summer trying to sign Cucurella, he finally showed them what they had been missing with a confident performance. The importance of his usage of possession became clear when Guardiola began to press him on his left side. Made a crucial tackle early in the second half on Mahrez, preventing the opponent from scoring and rescuing teammate Mateo Kovacic in the process.
Despite this, he was still caught out of position for City’s second goal, which was scored following a shot by Mahrez from his team’s side.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6
In the never-ending drama of trying to cover for Reece James’s absence, he is now playing right wing-back. The fantastic move that Loftus-Cheek executed in the 13th minute almost resulted in the first goal being scored by his team. He was extremely busy defensively, yet he executed his tasks with dignity and self-control anyway.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
He wore the armband of the captain and led the squad by maintaining his cool in the middle of the game. Almost never gave the ball away and found a way to set up Christian Pulisic for a massive opportunity early on.
Denis Zakaria – 6
It was a disappointing performance from him in the middle of the field, and he was unable to have the kind of significant impact on the game that he did in his debut the week before against Dinamo Zagreb. In the 68th minute, a replacement was made.
Lewis Hall – 7
The young player, who was only making his second appearance for Chelsea, found himself in a struggle with another player who was born in the same year as him, 2004-born Rico Lewis. The younger player, who was just 18 years old, won the battle. After 12 minutes, demonstrated excellent ball control to earn a free kick with his performance. Midway through the first half, it was unlucky for him to be caught in possession, but Manchester City squandered their opportunity to punish Chelsea.
His distribution was consistent throughout, and the incisive pass he played in the 34th minute was a prime example of this. After being on the end of a counterattack led by Pulisic, almost did everything right to score, but Ortega made a great stop on the shot they took.
Hakim Ziyech – 6
The Moroccan has played less minutes for Chelsea this season than any other senior member of the club, but he provided a cross in the thirteenth minute that almost resulted in Pulisic scoring the team’s first goal.
He was basically terrible throughout the match, but he did pull off the play of the day when he turned on the touchline to intercept a weak ball by Loftus-Cheek and open up a huge opportunity for Hall.
Armando Broja – 5
An early hard shot that went both high and wide was one of the first things you did in the opening ten minutes. His straight running caused Potter some headaches on Saturday, but it was not enough for him to decide to bench Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the game.
Christian Pulisic, score of 5
After Ziyech’s cross, a promising early opportunity was wasted, and a defender was also able to get a touch on the ball. After dribbling for about 40 yards, he took his second shot and delivered a much stronger effort, but Stefan Ortega made a good stop on his first attempt. Late in the first half, with to his pace on the break, he almost managed to break the tie with Hall. He played left wingback till the end of the game.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
In the 85th minute, he made a wonderful cross, but neither Kai Havertz nor Pulisic were able to capitalise on it. He accomplished this while playing centre defence and attempting to press for goals late in the game.
Conor Gallagher, score of six
He was a more offensive alternative than Zakaria and helped Chelsea push for goals late in the game, although he did not completely change the game.
Mason Mount – Number 7
His dexterity between the lines allowed Chelsea’s fast runners to overlap and generate opportunities for the team. It was effective to some degree, but not to the amount that was required. In the 88th minute, following a fantastic first touch that saved Gallagher’s shanked effort, there was a close call for a goal. After a flurry of shots at the end of the game, the ball ended up in the back of the net; however, an offside call was made.
Raheem Sterling – 6
On his first appearance back in the north-west after departing throughout the summer, Sterling received applause and cheers from the locals. It was a hero’s welcome for a player who has been a winner on this pitch for an extended period of time. He was neat with the ball and eager to contribute to his present team, but he missed the one major opportunity that Havertz set up.
Kai Havertz – 7
After being brought in as the final sub, he immediately missed his attempt from 25 yards out. In the dying seconds of the game, he delivered a decisive assist by producing a lethal cross that Sterling, of Man City, would have finished off, but Chelsea’s players were unable to do so. In light of his impact in the game’s last ten minutes, it may be argued that he should have entered the game earlier.