Chelsea’s counter-attacking masterclass was too good for an out of kinds Manchester Metropolis in Porto as Kai Havertz’s Forty second-minute objective gained the Champions League for Thomas Tuchel’s workforce.
Listed below are the participant scores…
Ederson – 6
Could not be blamed for Havertz’s objective however the incident may very properly have ended with a crimson card for the Metropolis goalkeeper given he half-blocked the ball along with his arm when exterior of his penalty space.
Kyle Walker – 7
Respectable. Surging run nearly created a fantastic likelihood for Mahrez however that foray ahead was the exception quite than the rule till the very ultimate exchanges. Like with Metropolis as a complete, a case of too little, too late.
John Stones – 6
Seemed nervy and was badly out of place for Chelsea’s profitable objective. A spectator in the principle for the second half on an evening to neglect.
Ruben Dias – 6
Made a few essential blocks however whereas not at fault for Chelsea’s objective was dragged out of his central berth by Werner’s clever run
Oleksandr Zinchenko – 4
Poor. Had made a important sort out to disclaim Havertz early on, however his defending – which was barely that – for Chelsea’s opener was totally feeble. Mount’s go might properly have been beautiful however Zinchenko was sluggish to recognise the hazard and even slower in pursuit of Havertz because the Chelsea ahead ran by way of on objective.
Ilkay Gundogan – 4
Deployed on the base of Metropolis’s midfield as Pep Guardiola opted, for under the second time all season, to deploy neither Rodri nor Fernandinho from the beginning. Inexplicably lucky to not be booked for a penalised shirt pull on Foden, did not have a look at ease at any stage having been belatedly cautioned for a excessive sort out on Foden after half an hour. The distinction with Kante could not have been extra stark.
Bernardo Silva – 3
What was the plan right here? An inside-right when Metropolis constructed from the again and a pivot of kinds when Chelsea had the ball, Bernardo was caught stubbornly on the fringes in each circumstances, providing neither safety nor penetration. Lastly changed after 60 ineffective minutes.
Riyad Mahrez – 5
Hugged the touchline as Metropolis tried to stretch Chelsea’s five-man defence, however was shackled successfully by Chilwell and didn’t affect proceedings. May he have carried out extra to get into the sport? May Metropolis not at the least have tried Sterling and Mahrez on reverse fanks? Provided that Guardiola ended the match with two extra centre-forwards than he had began with, it was odd that he did not rotate his wingers. Inches away from a last-gasp equaliser.
Raheem Sterling – 4
Misplaced his battle to Reece James however Sterling twice had the run on the Chelsea wing-back by way of on objective just for a poor contact to lose the second. Sterling’s kind for the reason that flip of the yr has been common at greatest and the case for inclusion as a starter this summer time for England appears to be like shakey.
Phil Foden – 5
Disappointing. Denied by an excellent sort out by Rudiger within the first half however that was about it for significant moments. Did the Guardiola workforce choice assist? Solely within the ultimate quarter-hour did Foden go to the left, from the place he has usually been at his most influential this season.
Kevin de Bruyne – 6
A tragic and painful finish to a different luxurious season. Left the sector in tears and a brutal shiner after being pole-axed by Rudiger. In fact, De Bruyne hadn’t been at his greatest beforehand, however a persistent curiosity this season has been that the simplest midfielder within the Premier League has so hardly ever really performed in midfield. The season’s ultimate act proved little totally different with De Bruyne positioned largely as a false 9 earlier than his unlucky early exit.
Gabriel Jesus – 6
On for the injured De Bruyne and added loads of power however not a leading edge.
Fernandinho – 6
Ought to have began.
Sergio Aguero – 5
Not given lengthy sufficient to make a distinction.
Edouard Mendy – 7
Recovered from his damage scare to take his beginning place in objective, Mendy may by no means loosen up, smothering an early Sterling alternative. And but, the Chelsea goalkeeper may need anticipated to be busier. Extremely, he confronted just one shot heading in the right direction.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 9
The skilled defender was all the time prone to be a key part of Tuchel’s workforce, it simply remained to be seen what position he would occupy. Azpilicueta discovered himself again in the course of a three-man defence and was his diligent self. Sensible clearance halfway by way of the second half.
Thiago Silva – 7
Making back-to-back Champions League ultimate appearances with totally different golf equipment, his night ended early due to a groin downside picked up late within the first half. A relaxing affect on the again, he was a extra frenzied determine watching on from the stands.
Antonio Rudiger – 8
Seemingly surplus to necessities at the beginning of the season, Rudiger is a key man now. By no means extra so than when producing a incredible block to cease Foden discovering the web shut vary simply earlier than half-hour mark. Didn’t all the time look snug with the ball however saved at it.
Reece James – 8
The teen has been utilized in various totally different positions of late but it surely was wing-back right here, a troublesome project towards Sterling and the remaining. Examined early on, he grew into the sport after a warning and even managed to help the assaults as the sport wore on. The evening of his life.
Jorginho – 8
Holding midfield duties fell to Chelsea’s go grasp, an unenviable activity when swamped by Metropolis’s attacking midfielders. Jorginho was as much as it, his skilled contact enabling his workforce to maintain the ball simply sufficient and play out of the opposition press.
N’Golo Kante – 9
Wanting so as to add a Champions League win to his assortment, Kante confirmed no signal of the damage that hampered his preparations for this recreation, filled with power as ever. In a position to be part of the assaults, he even headed huge from shut vary. So fast to interrupt issues up. Excellent.
Ben Chilwell – 9
Fought off competitors from Marcos Alonso for the left wing-back slot and proved his price when racing again to intercept an early Sterling cross. Chilwell is at his greatest offensively, although, and offered a vital outlet for Chelsea all through. Saved Mahrez remarkably quiet.
Mason Mount – 8
Maybe the primary title on the Chelsea workforce sheet for the largest recreation of his life, Mount was the catalyst for the decisive second of the primary half. It was his penetrative go that discovered Havertz for the opening objective.
Timo Werner – 7
Werner continues to have so many probabilities however that ball simply is not going to go within the internet. Wasteful once more, this time working centrally with a view to capitalising on the house behind the Metropolis defence. Missed his kick along with his first likelihood and located Ederson along with his second. Ever prepared. Subbed for Pulisic.
Kai Havertz – 9
Chelsea’s Champions League hero. A season that introduced struggles at the beginning ends in glory along with his objective opening the scoring in Porto. Havertz was spectacular all through, establishing Werner for the primary likelihood of the sport. He began from the appropriate however brought about issues in every single place by roaming inside. Broke beautifully within the second half to arrange Pulisic for what would have been Chelsea’s second.
Andreas Christensen – 8
The Danish defender loved a nice run within the workforce earlier within the season however stepping right into a recreation of this magnitude should nonetheless have been daunting. Christensen was as much as the problem, settling in seamlessly on the coronary heart of Chelsea’s again line. Block within the ninetieth minute was big.
Christian Pulisic – 7
Introduced on so as to add power as Chelsea performed on the counter-attack greater than ever as soon as one objective forward and may properly have doubled that lead. Raced clear down the appropriate channel however his try and dink the ball over Ederson noticed him pull the shot huge of the far publish.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
A conservative transfer by Tuchel as he withdrew Mount in favour of the extra defensively-minded participant, choosing a three-man midfield for the ultimate 10 minutes.
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