Table of Contents
- EDOUARD MENDY – 6/10
- ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 6
- THIAGO SILVA – 7
- ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7
- CESAR AZPILICUETA – 6
- N’GOLO KANTE – 6
- JORGINHO – 5
- BEN CHILWELL – 6
- MASON MOUNT – 8
- TIMO WERNER – 7
- CHRISTIAN PULISIC – 6
- SUBS- HAKIM ZIYECH (for Pulisic, 74) – 6
- REECE JAMES (for Azpilicueta, 86) – N/A
- TAMMY ABRAHAM (for Werner, 87) – N/A
TIMO WERNER’S goal handed Chelsea a huge Champions League boost as they beat top four rivals West Ham 1-0.
Timo Werner scored as Chelsea beat West Ham 1-0Credit: EPA
But who was Chelsea’s best player today? And did anyone have a game to forget?
Here, SunSport’s Anthony Chapman delivers his Chelsea player ratings…
EDOUARD MENDY – 6/10
Chelsea’s towering presence at the back didn’t actually have much to do in a tight game.
Tidy on the ball when needed to play sweeper-keeper and generally radiated calm between the sticks.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN – 6
Brought in to provide more defensive height against West Ham’s set-pieces and had a solid game.
Jesse Lingard’s speed caught him out on occasion but the Dane still put in a decent showing in a wider role.
Antonio Rudiger had a solid game in defenceCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
THIAGO SILVA – 7
Talk of a new contract continues and the Brazilian did his chances little harm in east London.
Looked in control at the heart of Chelsea’s back three with another no-fuss effort.
ANTONIO RUDIGER – 7
The German has been an imposing force under Tuchel and continued to boss his area of the field.
Some bursting runs helped open space up the pitch and he never looked like being caught on the backfoot either.
CESAR AZPILICUETA – 6
Raised eyebrows after being moved further foward to wing-back ahead of Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
But Chelsea’s captain loves attacking and regularly made himself available for passing moves – even if his crossing was a bit wayward.
N’GOLO KANTE – 6
Carried the ball well but passing needed to be sharper as he lacked his typical intensity.
Wasn’t helped by a lacklustre midfield partner and did try to help support attacking moves while also covering his defenders.
Jorginho was less than impressive in midfieldCredit: Reuters
JORGINHO – 5
Lacked the pace needed to help beat West Ham’s press in a fatigued performance with Mateo Kovacic still out injured.
The Italy international looking tired and unwilling to make final-third passes, and Tuchel may want to think about bringing in a new holder this summer – especially considering his lack of faith in Billy Gilmour.
BEN CHILWELL – 6
Caught out early on dallying with the ball inthe centre of the pitch before being saved by the offside flag.
Found it hard to find space down the left but only needed to get one good cross away, resulting in Werner’s first-half opener.
Was lucky to avoid a serious injury after a horrible foul from Fabian Balbuena, with the Paraguayan shown a straight red.
MASON MOUNT – 8
First name on the team sheet and showed his quality yet again after returning to the front three.
Was here, there and everywhere as he started numerous attacking passages of play, bamboozling West Ham’s midfield and defence.
Mason Mount put in another fine performanceCredit: EPA
TIMO WERNER – 7
Pre-match talk had been about Chelsea’s poor conversion rate and the German looked intent on changing the stats.
Ran his socks off as usual and finally hit the target to break the deadlock with a well-deserved effort before the break.
But missed an absolute sitter in the second half, leaving Tuchel baffled on the touchline.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC – 6
Captain America cut a frustrated figure as he struggled to break through West Ham’s stubborn backline.
Full of bright ideas but eventually ran out of steam after being constantly crowded out by Vladimir Coufal and Co.
SUBS- HAKIM ZIYECH (for Pulisic, 74) – 6
Not an awful lot of time to make an impression but pressed hard for 15 minutes to unsettle West Ham’s passing from the back.