A Hakim Ziyech-inspired Chelsea came back from a goal down to register a dominating 4-1 win against Sheffield United. There were plenty of stand-out performances on the night as the Blues stretch their unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions. Let’s have a look at our player ratings from Saturday evening’s action at Stamford Bridge.
GOALKEEPER AND DEFENDERS
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 7/10 – It had to happen sometime. Mendy finally conceded his first goal in the Premier League but there wasn’t much he could do about David McGoldrick’s cheeky opener. He was confident on the ball and commanded his penalty area. Despite not having to do much during the second half, he made a good save from Chris Basham during the closing stages of the first half.
Reece James (RB) – 7/10 – He played the ball up top that started Chelsea’s move that led to the equaliser. Seems to be building good chemistry with Hakim Ziyech on the right flank and made a crucial intervention to stop an opposition counter in the second half. Defensively solid and isn’t making it any easier for Cezar Azpilicueta to find his way back into the side.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 7/10 – He’s been impressive in both boxes over the last few weeks and though it was his center-back partner who got on the scoresheet this time round, Zouma didn’t let either Brewster or McBurnie have a sniff at goal all game. He won his duels, headers and cleared most of the balls flowing in the box. Consistency will be key to how his season will be judged as a whole.
Thiago Silva (CB) – 8/10 – He orchestrated the play from the back and his experience is surely rubbing off on his teammates. Ever so confident on the ball, made a couple of last-ditch recoveries and he’s surely getting used to English football. He was a leader at the back and rounded off a solid display with his first goal in the Premier League.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – 8/10 – After a shaky start defensively, Chilwell bagged Chelsea’s second however much he meant it. He kept bombing forward and giving Lampard’s men a different dimension while attacking. The switch of play between Ziyech and Chilwell was on sight on various occasions today and was the at the heart of a couple of chances that should have been buried.
Mason Mount (LM) – 7/10 – He never found haven on the left side; was typically busy and his work-rate was on point today. He’s getting used to combining with Werner and Chilwell, trying to create openings in attack. Almost thumped one in from just outside the box only for Ramsdale to parry it away. Good overall showing.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – 7/10 – He was partly at fault for not anticipating the short corner that led to United’s opener. Apart from that, he darted around the pitch, making himself available and breaking up Sheffield United counter-attacks with his usual expert timing.
Mateo Kovacic (RM) – 7/10 – He played well in the number eight role after coming back into the side. Had a couple of good chances which he wasn’t able to finish. He created space for Ziyech to operate in and looked threatening all game. Provided the killer cut-back to Abraham for Chelsea’s equaliser and he almost got an assist with a delicious back-heel. His performance deserved a goal, which he almost bagged in the second half.
Timo Werner (LW) – 7/10 – He hit the post in the first half and squandered a great chance after being put clean through on goal by man-of-the-moment Hakim Ziyech. He was a distant figure out on the left as Chelsea looked to halt the visitors. But despite the missed chances, the German finally got in on the act with an emphatic finish after some sloppy defending from the Blades.
Tammy Abraham (ST) – 8/10 – He tucked away his chance clinically, sweeping the ball into the bottom corner to level terms midway through the first half. Constantly searching to supply his fellow forwards, even if his buildup play didn’t always find the right man. Another all-round brilliant performance from the Blues forward.
Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 9/10 – SIT BACK AND ENJOY FOLKS. The Moroccon wizard ran the show against the strugglers and he was at the heart of everything Chelsea did going forward. His pin-point ball for Chilwell helped Chelsea to the lead and he was just dazzling to watch throughout the night. He’s liking life in the Premier League and at 30 million pounds, he’ll probably be the bargain of the ‘autumn’ transfer window.