Chelsea Player Ratings vs Liverpool – UEFA Super Cup

Posted By Uttiyo Sarker on August 14, 2019
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Last year’s Champions League winners, Liverpool, faced off against the Europa League victors, Chelsea, for the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.

The Blues were pegged back in the early minutes with Liverpool’s pressure. However, they soon gained control and started creating the better chances. Olivier Giroud’s 38th-minute strike affirmed a successful first half. However, Liverpool equalized quickly into the second half with Sadio Mane’s goal.

It was an open goal from there on, but none could find the winner, forcing extra-time! Extra-time was quite the frantic one, with Mane giving Liverpool the lead with a powerful hit. Chelsea received a penalty later on, which Jorginho obliged to make it 2-2. Jurgen Klopp’s side ended up winning 5-4 in the penalty-shootout, with Tammy Abraham’s penalty being saved by Adrian.

Here’s how Chelsea’s squad performed. Also be sure to read our Liverpool UEFA Super Cup player ratings as well.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Manager

Frank Lampard (7.0) –

Lampard recovered from his Old Trafford nightmare by slotting N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic into his starting XI. The move worked wonders with Pulisic getting an assist and Kante ruling as their midfield general with his decisive movement. The Chelsea gaffer’s attacking philosophy and encouragement to take on Liverpool unveiled the fearlessness in his side. Yes, they lost, but many positives showcased how his Chelsea should operate going forward.

Goalkeeper

Kepa Arrizabalaga (7.5) –

Kepa’s forced to make a calm save early on. Held onto Fabinho’s powerful attempt well in the 9th. Distribution poor and almost led to an opening goal in 10th. Redeemed himself with a solid save off Salah in the 15th.

Unable to keep Mane’s 48th-minute strike out despite diving correctly. Held onto Henderson’s powerful attempt pretty well minutes later, despite it taking a deflection. He also made a fantastic reaction save to deny Salah in the 75th. The Spaniard came extremely close to saving a few in the shootout, but lady luck averted him.

Defenders

Cesar Azpilicueta (5.0) –

The Chelsea captain recovered from Sunday’s nightmare quickly, neutralizing Oxlade-Chamberlain’s threat and not allowing Robertson to overlap that effectively. However, he was rattled by Firmino and played him onside for Mane’s equalizer.

Looked the weakest of all defenders and offered very little going forward. Perhaps a positional change can do him good!

Kurt Zouma (6.0) –

Took a nasty sting on his thigh blocking Salah’s shot early on. Made a few strong clearances with some regained confidence. The Frenchman made a crucial challenge in the 74th to avoid being in a 1v1 against Salah.

Almost received his moment of glory in the dying minutes when his emphatic header from a corner went just over. Improved over the nightmare on Sunday.

Andreas Christensen (6.0)-

The Danish center-back headed out an important clearance to deny a goal in the 13th minute. Outjumped by Van Dijk at the half-hour mark but lucky to see his header go over. Huffed and puffed the remainder of the game, but jumped into action whenever necessary.

Emerson (6.5) –

Beaten in the air by Matip in the 5th minute. Allowed Salah to whiz past him too easily in the 15th. The Brazilian got troubled by Salah and Mane’s trickery, but looked much more comfortable going forward.

Skipped past Gomez in the 50th minute to yards away from goal, but his pass wasn’t met by anyone. Emerson showcased impressive fitness to survive the 120 minutes bombing down the left and also fulfilling defensive duties. Duly converted his penalty in the shootout.

Midfielders

Jorginho (6.5) –

Protected his backline pretty well and pinged forward ambitious longballs to trouble Liverpool’s resolve early on. The Italian sloppily lost possession to Firmino in the 54th minute, but lucky to see the attack wasted. Calmly tucked in his penalty to equalize in extra-time. Flicked in his penalty in shootout coolly.

Mateo Kovacic (5.0) –

Kovacic’s link-up play early on was promising with his team-mates. Almost got through on goal in the 32nd minute, but stopped by Adrian. After that, he was almost invisible in midfield and rarely got involved in crucial chances. Subbed in extra-time.

N’Golo Kante (7.0) –

Back to his old tricks early on, nicking the ball off Henderson to force loud cheers. Skipped past multiple Liverpool players and almost got a shot on goal in the 11th. Kante looked his old self with interceptions and lung-bursting runs to trouble Liverpool in the first half.

Kick-started the opening goal. Continued stealing the ball and drive his side forward., showcasing endless energy. Lampard must’ve been impressed by his tenacity in dominating the midfield line.

Forwards

Pedro (7.0) – 

Pedro had Adrian scampering with a curling left-footed attempt early on. Put Giroud through on goal only to see a chance wasted. Forced a punch off Adrian later.

Kept causing problems and struck the post with an emphatic shot in the 22nd minute. He displayed great energy with his end-to-end contribution, which included impressive defensive work. Almost assisted Abraham with a beautiful low-ball which was led just wide of the goal.  

Olivier Giroud (6.5) –

Used his physical attributes to make things uneasy for Liverpool in the early minutes. Scuffed a shot horribly wide in the 16th. Giroud struck an overhead kick attempt hilariously wide and couldn’t even score from five yards out after being called offside later on.

The Frenchman redeemed his errors with a strong finish in the 36th to get the lead. Giroud lost steam in the 2nd half and was bullied by Van Dijk before being subbed.

Christian Pulisic (7.0)

The exciting American almost breached Liverpool’s defense in the 4th minute in an opportunistic manner. Showcased his class by sliding a clever pass through Van Dijk-Matip to hand Giroud his goal and get his first assist.

Pulisic almost got his dream first goal by skipping past multiple players and thumping the ball into the bottom corner, only for the lineswoman to ruin his moment. Tried another clever through-ball after the hour-mark, but saw his chance cleared. Moved forward with intent and his sparkling creativity proves he’s got lots to give.

Substitutions

Mason Mount (6.5) –

Mount put the ball into the net minutes after coming on, but unlucky to see his goal ruled out to a prolonged offside call. Forced a super save from Adrian with his powerful shot in extra-time. He tested the opposition keeper again in ET’s dying moments. Powered in penalty confidently.

Tammy Abraham (6.0) –

The youngster pulled up his defensive socks by denying Liverpool the lead with a last-ditch block in the scrappy set-piece minutes after coming on. Did superbly to outmuscle Van Dijk and strike a shot in extra-time, only to see it saved.

However, he earned a penalty immediately afterward, capitalizing on Adrian’s error. Had a great opportunity to win the game in the 104th minute, but his attempt sailed agonizingly wide. Scuffed his penalty to end his night in misery.

Fikayo Tomori (5.5) –

The youngster didn’t have a European debut to remember. He played Firmino onside for Mane’s second, undoing his defense’s good work.

Ross Barkley (N/A) –

He was just…..there. Slotted in penalty comfortably.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Well, they might’ve been on the losing side, but Kepa’s heroics in goal makes him the man of the match in my eyes. He made one solid save after another, proving just how crucial he will be for the Blues this season.

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