Chelsea got here from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on what was a irritating Champions League evening at Stamford Bridge. Atleti keeper Jan Oblak put in a man-of-the-match shift to maintain the Blues at bay and Tiemoue Bakayoko’s carelessness in permitting Saul Niguez a free header to attain for the guests in the end value the London membership the possibility of probably successful the sport and topping the group. Oblak was ultimately overwhelmed when Atleti defender Stefan Savic diverted an Eden Hazard shot into his personal aim. Chelsea chased a winner nevertheless it wasn’t to be.
Regardless of solely drawing, there have been loads of positives to take from the sport. Defensively, Chelsea look strong. Andreas Christensen continues to shine in the course of the again three. In midfield, N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas are in a groove of excellent kind and additional ahead Hazard’s capability to terrorise opposition defences seems to be limitless. The Blues created a mess of goal-scoring probabilities, a plus, however that clearly leads properly onto the negatives.
Granted Oblak performed out of his pores and skin, however Chelsea ought to have discovered a well beyond the Atleti keeper, who in the long run was solely overwhelmed by a deflected personal aim. Bakayoko is younger and nonetheless studying his commerce, however the midfielder has a negligent streak which may have proved pricey had the Blues wanted to win Tuesday’s sport to keep away from elimination from the competitors.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Antonio Conte subtly tweaked his line-up from the weekend, affording Marcos Alonso a relaxation and benching Antonio Rudiger and Danny Drinkwater. It may and doubtless shall be argued that had Bakayoko not taken Drinkwater’s place, Chelsea may not have conceded however the Italian is just not blessed with such foresight nor are those that will swiftly criticise. The Blues boss deserves credit score for giving substitutes Pedro and Willian time to make an impression, nevertheless it wasn’t to be. Finally, there isn’t a disgrace within the end result for Conte, Chelsea are by means of to the subsequent stage of the competitors and that is what actually issues.
Participant scores (1-10; 10=finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 — Stayed centered as Chelsea pressed. Recovered nicely after being overwhelmed by a Filipe Luis shot which struck the put up to stop Koke from benefiting from the rebound with a diving save. No probability with Saul’s header.
DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 7 — Stable and reliable at centre-back, Azpilicueta shall be as dissatisfied as the remainder of Chelsea’s backline on the unforced error that value the Blues a clear sheet and fairly presumably victory.
DF Andreas Christensen, eight — Christensen’s rise in stature as a Chelsea participant confirmed no indicators of abating in opposition to Atleti. The 21-year-old dealt competently with Fernando Torres and Koke and recycled the ball with a preciseness that belied his age. The Denmark worldwide is not shy of getting ahead both, although he shall be dissatisfied watching replays of the diving header he directed the improper facet of Oblak’s put up.
DF Gary Cahill, 7 — Restored to Chelsea’s beginning XI and handed the captain’s armband by Conte, Cahill put in a commendable shift as Blues skipper. Labored nicely with Kante to neutralise the risk posed by Antoine Griezmann.
MF Victor Moses, 7 — One other participant to learn from the presence of Kante, Moses noticed loads of the ball on the appropriate flank and would have had at the least one help to his title if Morata had been in a position to take higher benefit when performed in by the Nigeria worldwide.
MF N’Golo Kante, eight — The primary motive why Atleti had been unable to create a lot in method of alternatives from open play could be attributed to Kante, who bossed midfield and broke up early-stage assaults with ease. Slick passing from the France worldwide regularly gave Chelsea the impetus wanted to maneuver ahead.
MF Cesc Fabregas, 7 — Hyperlink-up play with Hazard and Alvaro Morata was exemplary. Delivered high quality ball after high quality ball to create probabilities for teammates. Such preciseness may need paid dividends for Chelsea had Fabregas opted every so often to go for aim himself, however the Spaniard was in an unselfish temper.
MF Tiemoue Bakayoko four — Additional questions shall be requested about Bakayoko’s maturity as a footballer because the 23-year-old’s stunning lapse of focus allowed Saul the liberty he wanted to present Atletico the lead. Changed by Pedro shortly after Chelsea conceded, the £40 million summer season signing from Monaco is struggling to justify his switch charge and Tuesday’s reputation-damaging displaying may result in a spell on the bench.
MF Davide Zappacosta, 7 — Deployed at left-wing again, Zappacosta acquitted himself nicely in Alonso’s customary place and was denied a aim when a wonderful shot was saved by the excellent Oblak.
FW Eden Hazard, 9 — Hazard’s electrical flip of tempo and positional consciousness as soon as once more made him Chelsea’s standout participant. Persistently carried the Blues’ principal risk going ahead and the Belgium worldwide was rewarded with a driving help when Savic deflected his shot previous Oblak.
FW Alvaro Morata, 6 — Twice denied by an impressed Oblak within the first half, Morata additionally noticed a shot fizz previous the upright. Noticed much less of the ball within the second interval however nonetheless had a few probabilities to attain earlier than being changed by Michy Batshuayi late on.
FW Pedro, 6 — Confirmed early promise making some pacey runs on the Atleti defence however was unable to offer the extra innovative that Chelsea wanted to win the sport.
FW Willian, NR — Changed Zappacosta for the ultimate part of the sport. Obtained into superior positions as anticipated however missed a wonderful probability to seal victory for Chelsea when performed in by Hazard. It appeared simpler to beat Oblak than fireplace the ball over the bar, however Willian’s shot sailed into the group behind the Atleti keeper’s aim.
FW Michy Batshuayi, NR — Changed Morata for the ultimate 10 minutes of the sport and supplied recent impetus as Chelsea chased the winner, however there was to be no repeat of the injury-time drama within the reverse fixture when Batshuayi scored to present the Blues a 2-1 victory in Madrid.
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