The Blues from the Bridge leave Roazhon Park with all three points after edging out Rennes in a cutting, hard-fought match and thereby advance to UEFA Champions League Round of 16 stage.

The home side were resilient and relentless in their press and caused havoc in midfield. After Sehrou Guirassy cancelled Callum Hudson-Odoi’s early opener in the 85th minute, a stoppage-time winner from want-away Olivier Giroud was enough to snatch the victory.

In a largely even contest, here’s how how the Blues fared.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

Édouard Mendy ( GK ) – 7

The former Rennes keeper helped the Blues notch another key victory against his old side. Mendy came up big especially in the second half, denying his past employers several clear-cut chances. Unfortunately, some poor defending allowed Guirassy to leap in the air unmarked and give Rennes their rightfully deserved goal which Mendy couldn’t have done much about.

Ben Chilwell ( LB ) – 5

His worst display yet in a Chelsea shirt. A sub-standard performance from the English full-back as he wasn’t at his best tonight – giving away sloppy balls to the opposition, especially in dangerous areas. He coped with Doku marginally well and made key interceptions but it was an overall below-par showing from the 23-year old. He missed a golden opportunity to score late on as well.

Kurt Zouma ( CB ) – 6

Zouma played his best in the first half, beating Sehrou Guirassy consistently in the air but fell asleep along with others in the second half and during the Rennes equalizer. He misread some movements which allowed the home side to test Mendy on the odd ocassion but had his fair share of good clearances. A solid overall outing from the Frenchman

Thiago Silva ( CB ) – 7

An all-round good display from the veteran defender, marshalling our back line with experience and composure. Made sure to intervene when necessary but was unfortunately capped off by a lapse of concentration as the whole team was left stationary off a corner which gave Rennes the equalizer.

César Azpilicueta ( RB ) – 6

The Chelsea skipper filled in for Reece James with ease and helped the Blues defend against Rennes’ relentless attack. A commanding and assured performance from the Spaniard.

2. Midfielders

Jorginho ( CM ) – 6

The Italian midfielder had a quiet night and wasn’t quite at it against Julien Stéphan’s side. He was central to the visitors’ build-up in the early stages but as Rennes grew into the match, he struggled to cope with the intensity and physicality of the French outfit’s press. Wasn’t successful defensively as many players found it rather easy to get past him.

Mateo Kovačić ( CM ) – 6

The Croatian midfielder found it difficult to get involved and didn’t really affect the game despite some bright moments. Had some good spells in the game, breaking the press and finding players in the final third.

Mason Mount ( CM ) – 8

He was arguably our best player on the night, constantly feeding the attack key passes and battling hard in midfield. His impressive 40-yard ball to Hudson-Odoi gave Chelsea the lead in the first half and he should’ve gotten in on the act himself with Gomis pulling off a remarkable save from the Englishman. His work-ethic was well noted tonight and he rightfully deserved the MOTM.

3. Forwards

Callum Hudson-Odoi ( RW ) – 7

A strong showing from the Chelsea graduate as he managed to return to the lineup with Lampard resting Hakim Ziyech. Callum worked his socks off tonight, fulfilling his defensive duties with effectiveness along with a ruthless finish on the counter. Solid all around and Lampard couldn’t have wished for more from the youngster.

Timo Werner ( LW ) – 5

The German talisman looked fatigued, gassed and genuinely burned out. Had a clear-cut chance to score in the opening stages but failed to hit the target. His link-up play wasn’t particularly good and he was sloppy in possession several times. He was still involved in the attack and remianed a focal point up front. Might need a rest on Sunday but one needn’t get too worried about his overall game.

Tammy Abraham ( ST ) – 6

Tammy held the ball the ball decently but his final pass wasn’t up to the mark for much of the game. He worked diligently to get his teammates involved though did not get any decent chances to score himself.

4. Substitutes

N’golo Kanté – 6

N’golo was brought on in an attempt help Chelsea regain control of the match. He helped the team recover the ball in tight spaces but Rennes still troubled the Blues with their organized press and his late introduction wasn’t enough to stop from them equalizing.

Olivier Giroud – 8

The French striker made wonders as he bagged the crucial winner in stoppage time, helping the Blues qualify for the Round of 16 phase of the competition. Giroud showed his attributes tonight, his hold-up play after coming on stood out as he helped his teammates play off him with his strength and was a potent presence up top.

Kai Havertz6 {75′}

Hakim Ziyech 6 {75′}

Reece JamesN.A {90′}

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