Chelsea player ratings against Valencia: Kovacic and James shine but Jorginho struggles
Chelsea played out a thrilling 2-2 draw in their Champions League Group H game that was penultimate, but that players impressed and who fought at Mestalla? Read on for our ratings.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Pulled off a penalty that is stunning has been blessed a few minutes before pass deep in his own half and save from Dani Parejo, but must have done with the opening goal of Carlos Soler. Appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball to the equaliser.
Reece James – 8
The following performance to improve a reputation that is growing. Chelsea’s finest attacking outlet in the first halfcrosses from the right flank. A defensive focus following the breakup, however, it told that the best moments of Valencia came the other flank.
Andreas Christensen – 5
Came since the end of September. Showed good covering pace early , but looked rusty from then on. If his poor clearance fell to Rodrigo, almost charge his side a goal early in the first half. Struggled since Valencia piled on the pressure on.
Kurt Zouma – 6
Got the help for Chelsea’s second goal, his suggestion letting Christian Pulisic to poke home. Produced a few clearances in the end, but needed a few embarrassing seconds. When his header was cleared off the point, went close to scoring himself at the final stages.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 6
Together with all he being repeatedly targeted by Valencia at left-back had some hard moments in the first half. If formation transformed, making some blocks after moving into the trunk three fared better and tackles.
Jorginho – 5
A challenging evening for the Italian, who struggled to keep pace with the midfield runners of Valencia. An ancient reservation for a clumsy foul on Ferran Torres did not assist him, and he later conceded the filthy for Valencia’s penalty. Substituted in the second half as Frank Lampard changed his own system up.
N’Golo Kante – 7
Another industrious performance from the more advance midfield. His energy left him a outlet about the counter-attack , although he must have done better than blaze across the bar from one James cut-back at the first half.
Mateo Kovacic – 8
Took his goal – his first for Chelsea on his appearance – beautifully, turning on the firing and ball low into the bottom corner from outside the box. Almost needed a second later when he placed a diagonal effort also near the goalkeeper. All evening Valencia problems were triggered by his running.
Christian Pulisic – 7
Alert to prod home the second goal, his sixth in his last seven appearances of Chelsea. Produced some eye-catching moments of skill, setting up Kovacic to get a opportunity. Can have provided overall, although more defensive pay for Azpilicueta occasionally.
Willian – 6
Should maybe have done better with all the header he set the bar on from James’ cross in the early stages. A lot of electricity but lacked his usual edge. Replaced by Mason Mount at the 80th minute.
Tammy Abraham – 7
After landing awkwardly shortly before the fracture A handful in the first half linking the play and moving close. His fitness is going to be a major concern for Lampard.
Michy Batshuayi – 6
A figure since Chelsea spent most of the second half defending, but did induce a save with one diagonal shot in the final stages from Cillessen.
Emerson – 5
in area of Jorginho, taking up residence at abandoned wing-back, but could not prevent Daniel Wass’ equaliser.
Mason Mount – 5
Thrown on for Willian on, but with Chelsea under the cosh, the game wasn’t suited to his strengths.