Chelsea commenced their short pre-season with a draw against Brighton at the Amex. This piece takes a look at the individual performances of the Chelsea players, and identifies who performed well and who might have missed an opportunity.
Kepa Arrizabalaga 6
To be honest, I’m not sure the Spanish keeper had to make a save in the first half. Nothing really to go off, so gets an average rating of 6 as Brighton faced no real threat to the chelsea goal in the first half. Was taken off at half time for Willy Cabellero.
Reece James 7
A very solid performance for the young fullback once again. Looked as if he had improved significantly in the defensive phase with his interceptions and not allowing the attacker to get the shot off. Looked a major threat as usual going forward.
Andreas Christensen 6
Despite Brighton not really having too many shots on target in the first half, there were still quite a few balls into the box for the defence to deal with. Despite looking shaky at times, Christensen put in an acceptable defensive display for the half of football that he played. He was replaced at half time by captain Cesar Azpilcueta.
Jake Clarke-Salter 6.5
Again, as Brighton didn’t have many shot on target in the first half, all of JCS’s defensive work was preventing balls into the box and clearing. This was done fairly well by the youngster who spent last season at Birmingham. Looked very comfortable on the ball compared to Christensen. He was replaced at half time by Antonio Rudiger.
Marcos Alonso 5.5
Not a great performance from the Spaniard. Didn’t really give a statement of intent to fight for his place to Frank Lampard. Was very sloppy in possession today, and often got skinned by the Brighton wingers. Also committed one too many fouls and looked like he could’ve been sent off before getting replaced in the 66th minute.
Mateo Kovacic 6.5
Kovacic was very good in the opening 20 minutes, exemplified by his excellent dribble out of defence past three Brighton midfielders. Unfortunately drifted away towards the latter stages of the first half but looked typically solid. He was replaced in the 61st minute by Ethan Ampadu.
N’golo Kante 7
Chelsea’s captain for the first half put in a excellent display today and reminded us of what he does best. The Frenchman chased down every ball across the park and helped reassure the defence when Brighton put bodies forward. A very positive game for before coming off in the 61st minute for Lewis Baker.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6
A fairly lacklustre performance from Ruben today, although he often shows signs of his old self. It appears like he is struggling for confidence which he will hopefully find more of as pre-season goes on. He was not terrible today, but just had occasions where he might have taken on the man but did not appear confident enough. He was replaced by Harvey Vale in the 72nd minute.
Callum Hudson-Odoi 6.5
Another fairly average game for the youngster. There was a lot of initial promise for him after he got an assist from a horrendous header for Chelsea’s first and only goal. Unfortunately he was not able to add anything more to the game after that, often looking to take on players with next to no success. Pre season is an important times for a player like him who is on the fringe of Frank Lampards side but has not quite established himself yet. He was replaced by Luke McCormick in the 72nd minute.
Hakim Ziyech 7.5
An absolute pleasure to watch the Moroccan perform today! Looked like he lacked a little match sharpness at time which is understandable after not playing since March but when he had the back it was marvellous. Played a lovely ball over the top to Callum Hudson-Odoi who nodded it down to Timo Werner for the first goal. Also whipped in a free kick later on in the game which was seen over the bar by Timo Werner. His game ended short by a precaution injury which does not appear serious. He was taken off in the 54th minute for Connor Gallagher.
Timo Werner 8
Man of the match today! Not only did he open his scoring account for the Blues, but he was all over the pitch and never seemed to stop running for the 60 minutes he was on the pitch. He opened the scoring in the fourth minute after an inadvertent cushioned header from Hudson-Odoi fell right into his path. The forward often linked up with his wingers and had a very positive first game for the Blues! He was replaced in the 61st minute for Olivier Giroud.
Willy Cabellero 7
After coming on at half time, the Argentine faced a penalty after just three minutes. He saved it to spare the blushes of Antonio Rudiger and made a few more decent saves on the second half before letting a penalty in the 89th minute.
Antonio Rudiger 5
Extremely lacklustre performance. After coming on at half time, he looked the most shaky player on the pitch. He often played the team into trouble and also gave away a penalty three minutes after coming on. A shocking performance from the German who now looks set to leave with new defenders coming into the side.
Cesar Azpilcueta 6.5
The captain offered a lot of reassurance in defence after coming on at half time. He once again commanded the Chelsea back line, even in the latter stages of the game when he had only really academy players around him. Reliable performance.
Connor Gallagher 7
A very good performance from Connor Gallagher after coming on in the 54th minute for Hakim Ziyech. Put in a whole load of effort and chased every single ball until the game was done. Very positive anytime that he picked up the ball and almost got himself a goal after capitalising on a mistake from the Brighton keeper.
Olivier Giroud 6
Was not able to get into the game much after coming on for Timo Werner in the 61st minute. He also had to come off at the end of the game after a collision with Shane Duffy which left him needing attention. He was replaced by Juan Castillo in the 95th minute.
Lewis Baker 6.5
Looked fairly positive after coming on for N’golo Kante in the 61st minute. We saw him chase a few balls and often make some vital interceptions. Played a few decent balls down the wing and overall had a decent performance.
Ethan Ampadu 6.5
As much as he will get criticism for giving away the penalty that subsequently ended in a Brighton equaliser, Ethan Ampadu had a very good performance and would get a higher rating if he didn’t give away a penalty. The Welsh international came on in midfield for Matteo Kovacic around the 60 minute mark and did very well worth his interceptions along with his balls from deep. Overall a decent performance.
Henry Lawrence- 6
Didn’t see a whole lot of the versatile younger after he come on for Reece James in the 66th minute, although he did the defensive work where needed. As Chelsea didn’t attack a whole lot in the second half, there wasn’t much chance for Lawrence to get forward but he did what was needed of him today.
Ian Maatsen- 6.5
Looked fairly solid defensively after coming on for Marcos Alonso in the 66th minute but yet again as Chelsea didn’t go forward much, it was mostly defensive duties for the full back which he did fairly well. He also nearly got an assist for Oliver Giroud as he headed out through to the Frenchman who dragged his shot wide.
Luke McCormick- 6
Solid performance from the youngster after coming on in the 74th minute for Callum Hudson-Odoi. Had one or two little runs forward but nothing really to write home about.
Harvey Vale- 6
Decent debut from the young Cobham graduate. He had one decent chance after Connor Gallagher pounced on an error by the goalkeeper which he volleyed towards the bottom corner before it was cleared by the Brighton defence.
Juan Castillo N/A
What did you make of the Brighton friendly game? Does it bode well for next season? Let us know in the comments below!