Chelsea Player Ratings vs Liverpool (August 28, 2021)

Written By Harrison Hamm on August 28, 2021

Chelsea will be thrilled to have come away from this match with a point. They received a hard-luck red card in first-half stoppage time, a Reece James handball in the six-yard box amid a chaotic corner-kick scramble.

Mohamed Salah’s resulting penalty kick tied the game at one, after Kai Havertz had scored a set piece header earlier in the half. Chelsea hunkered down from there and used a dominant defensive display to secure a quality road point.

Here are the Chelsea player ratings vs Liverpool for August 28, 2021

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Liverpool

Manager

Thomas Tuchel (8.5) –  

One could quibble with his tactics in the first half, as Liverpool was able to dominate possession in the midfield early on, but Tuchel deserves a lot of credit for how he set up his side in the second half after the red card. The decision to bring on Thiago Silva in defense paid off, and the organization and solidity that Tuchel has instilled in this Chelsea side allowed them to seamlessly transition into an impenetrable 5-3-1. A well-deserved point.

Goalkeeper

Edouard Mendy (9.0) –

Aside from a misplaced clearance or two, Mendy was excellent, making a number of notable saves to keep Liverpool off the scoresheet in the second half. 

Defenders

Reece James (6.0) –

Looked solid defensively, although he could have been more active going forward from his wingback position. Obviously, it’s his handball red card that will be remembered. James was a bit hard done by on the red card and penalty, as the ball appeared to hit his knee before hitting his arm.

Cesar Azpilicueta (8.0)-  

He led Chelsea in touches and made a number of important defensive interventions. His versatility came in handy after the red card, as he moved wide to replace James and allow Silva to come in as a center back.

Andreas Christensen (8.0) –

A very solid display in the center of the park from Christensen. It was a great defensive performance from Chelsea and Christensen was a crucial part of it.

Antonio Rudiger (9.0) –

Rudiger was brilliant — Chelsea’s best defender on the day. He consistently swept away dribblers from the top of the box and forced Liverpool wide, where they were often hesitant to lump in crosses. 

Marcos Alonso (7.5) –

A shutdown performance from Alonso on his left wing. He was also one of the few Chelsea players with a license to go forward in the second half, and he nearly helped put Chelsea in position to score a winner.

Midfielders

Jorginho (8.5) –

Put in a very quality 86 minutes of work. In that two-man midfield, his defensive work was crucial and his passing in the first half was mostly on point. Kept Liverpool in check as Chelsea survived with 10 men in the second half.

N’Golo Kante (7.5) –  

Great as usual in the first half, though his lingering ankle injury seemed to hamper him and he was forced to come off at halftime. His defensive work was crucial early on as Liverpool had the better of play for the first 20 minutes or so.

Mason Mount (6.5) –  

A quiet game for Mount, aside from a couple of forays forward in the first half. His defensive work rate was quietly influential as Chelsea shut down Liverpool’s passing lanes after James was sent off.

Forwards

Kai Havertz (8.0) –

Scored a class goal in the first half to put Chelsea ahead. Wasn’t sharp with the final ball otherwise — he had Lukaku through at one point and failed to see the run — but his near-post header was impressive. He came off at halftime as a casualty of the red card.

Romelu Lukaku (8.5) –  

Another strong performance from Lukaku. His hold-up play was Chelsea’s main source of offense all game, and his passing was excellent as usual. The red card took him out of the game a bit, naturally, but he put in a good defensive shift to make things difficult for Liverpool’s creators.

Substitutions

Mateo Kovacic (8.0) —

It’s tough to replace Kante, but Kovacic did a great job in the second half, partnering with Jorginho to shut Liverpool down. He also combined well with Alonso and found himself with a good shot on goal, which Alisson saved.

Thiago Silva (9.0) —

A great 45-minute display from Silva. He had three blocked shots (no one else had more than one), five clearances, and four interceptions.

Trevoh Chalobah (NR) —

Chalobah entered late in the game for Jorginho and helped close down the match.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Antonio Rudiger deserves man of the match for his defensive shift. He was impactful for the full 90 to secure the point.

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