Manchester City Vs. Chelsea: Chelsea Player Ratings

How did Chelsea's players perform against Manchester City during their 2-1 loss at the Etihad Stadium? We surveyed the readers to find out! Full player ratings and stats (courtesy of WhoScored and EPL Index) are after the jump.

Petr Cech - GK 7.0
Minutes played90
Touches55
Passes12/20
Shots faced5
Saves made3
Goalkeeper claims4

Graham says7
Although Petr Cech had a few dicey moments - both Samir Nasri crossbar hits spring to mind - he was generally very good at commanding the box, preventing Manchester City's crosses and set pieces from doing much damage. He might have done (a little) better on the winning goal, but that would be asking quite a lot of the keeper. His distribution was very odd, however. Fernando Torres is not an ideal target for long punts forward, and yet that's what Cech kept trying, with not a great deal of success.

Ashley Cole - LB 5.8
Minutes played90
Touches54
Passes24/32
Shots0/0
Tackles2/2
Interceptions3
Clearances1/1
Crosses0/2

Graham says6
Ashley Cole had a quiet night going forward but was mostly solid in the back. With Juan Mata playing left midfield except not, as is his way, Chelsea didn't do much attacking down the left, which meant there wasn't much chance for Cole to stamp his influence on the game. At the other end of the pitch, however, he was able to prevent City from doing very much damage on his flank - they much preferred to attack Jose Bosingwa instead (and who could blame them?). Two moments stand out, and both are negative. The first was a completely misjudged header early on that allowed Pablo Zabaleta to tee up David Silva for a shot (he missed) and the second was a complete non-attempt at chasing a miss-hit crossfield ball by Gary Cahill which ended up leading to a City throw-in.

David Luiz - CB 7.4
Minutes played90
Touches31
Passes17/19
Shots0/0
Tackles0/0
Interceptions4
Clearances6/8
Aerial2/2

Graham says7
Another assured display from the centre half, who hasn't made a major error of judgement since the 3-1 loss at the Stadio San Paolo. David Luiz was excellent at the back, showing very good vision to make several key interceptions, contributing in the air and clearing the ball away from danger without doing anything stupid. However, his passing game suffered badly - 17/19 passes is not what you'd expect from a ball-playing centre back of his calibre. Chelsea mostly didn't bother getting David Luiz on the ball, mostly because Petr Cech was kicking long rather than short. He found a way to help out in the attack regardless, however, setting up Gary Cahill's opening goal. Like everyone else in the Chelsea back line, David Luiz started to panic after Sergio Aguero's equaliser, looking markedly less competent in the final 15 minutes than he had for the rest of the match.

Gary Cahill - CB 7.1
Minutes played90
Touches41
Passes21/29
Shots1*/1
Tackles1/1
Interceptions0
Clearances8/9
Aerial1/1

Graham says7
No nonsense at the back from the big defender, but prior to City's two goals the big story was going to be about Gary Cahill's goal. It was more or less how you'd expect him to score - from a corner kick - and the finish required a big deflection to get past Joe Hart, but that doesn't take away from how important a goal it was. Defensively, Cahill did his part in keeping City at bay for most of the match, keeping the ball out of harm's way until the last quarter of an hour, whereupon he and whole whole back line went into complete meltdown mode. The complete loss of defensive organisation was kind of astonishing, but Cahill was hardly at fault for what amounted to a team-wide festival of idiocy.

Branislav Ivanovic - RB 5.0
Minutes played20
Touches14
Passes7/10
Shots0/0
Tackles1/2
Interceptions0
Clearances0/0
Crosses0/0

Graham says2
Branislav Ivanovic looked terrible until everyone realised he was injured, at which point he looked terrible and injured. Replaced by Jose Bosingwa twenty minutes in, and, damningly for Ivanovic's performance, Chelsea improved after that. Turns out to have had a slight muscle problem, and we're currently unsure whether or not he'll be ready for Chelsea vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

John Obi Mikel - CM 6.7
Minutes played90
Touches69
Passes48/49
Shots0/0
Tackles4/4
Interceptions4

Graham says8
A wonderfully calm presence in the midfield. John Obi Mikel was possibly the best player Chelsea could offer on the night, winning the ball eight times (four tackles, four interceptions) and misplacing one pass out of 49. Mikel was essentially flawless. He had a 'quiet' game, which is exactly what you should be hoping for out of him as he cycles possession around the pitch. He moved the ball quickly, pushing ahead whenever there was space, and looks far happier in an nominal pivot than he did as the lone holder. His performance since Roberto di Matteo took over has been something of a revelation.

Frank Lampard - CM 5.0
Minutes played90
Touches52
Passes32/36
Shots0/1
Tackles0/0
Interceptions3

Graham says4
Frank Lampard was hugely impressive in the midfield during last week's win against Napoli, but he failed to have much of an influence on the match here. His main asset when playing deep is the ability to spray balls wide, but with Chelsea so focused on the right, there was virtually no need to switch play, and since Lampard was playing so deep he then could not contribute significantly to the attack. Partially at fault for the winner, although expecting him to defend that properly is probably a little much. Definitely at fault for what should have been the opener, an awful pass aimed at Mikel that turned into a defence-splitting through ball for Mario Balotelli.

Juan Mata - LM 6.0
Minutes played51
Touches55
Passes29/35
Shots1/2
Interceptions0
Crosses0/6

Graham says5
Yet another indifferent performance by Juan Mata, who's worn down badly (probably via overuse) as the season has progressed. Mata's most notable contribution to the match was his skied shot early in the first half after Torres had fed him at the top of the area, but otherwise he couldn't do much against an unyielding City defence. Speaking of defence, Mata's notorious for being completely incompetent when Chelsea aren't in possession, but he actually put in some not-terrible tackles today. He still can't defend, of course, but it was a slightly better brand of not-defending at the Etihad Stadium. No keen on him playing anywhere but in the hole at present.

Raul Meireles - CAM 4.2
Minutes played58
Touches34
Passes18/28
Shots0/1
Tackles0/0
Interceptions1
Crosses0/1
Through Balls1/1

Graham says4
Raul Meireles had a strong performance against Leicester City, so Roberto di Matteo opted to start him behind Fernando Torres in the hole here. Broadly speaking, it was a disaster. Meireles is not a trequartista and it showed - he was dropping back into traditional central midfielder positions so often that it disrupted the whole team's shape and left Torres isolated, and when he got the ball he lost possession far too often. It was a miserable performance from a player who shouldn't be relied upon to provide the driving force in Chelsea's attack. Playing him as a number ten seems like a major mistake, no matter how good his supposed chemistry with Fernando Torres may be.

Ramires - RM 5.8
Minutes played90
Touches45
Passes21/29
Shots0/0
Interceptions3
Crosses0/2

Graham says5
Ramires' abilities as a right winger are understated. Although he can be a force in the centre of the pitch with his driving runs, Ramires's defensive ability and possession game aren't quite ideal for a central midfielder. On the wings, however, he can run at defenders, track back reasonably well, and cut back inside to link up play. That's on a good day. On a bad day he'll do all of that but run into trouble without getting rid of the ball far too often, and that's what happened here.

Fernando Torres - CF 7.2
Minutes played73
Touches43
Passes16/23
Shots0/0
Aerial2/5
Crosses0/2

Graham says5
Fernando Torres started extremely well, but the pixie juice ran out during the first half and he contributed virtually nothing to the attack thereafter. For some reason, Chelsea were peppering him with long balls forward - hardly suited to his playing style, and Torres tried hard to hold up play and weave through the defence. It worked for a little while, leading to the Blues' best chance of the match (which Mata blazed over), but ultimately hard work doesn't mean you can overcome a basic lack of ability, and the team was essentially asking him to do something he's completely incapable of. No wonder the attack looked confused and incoherent. It's difficult to say a centre forward has had a good day when the team looks as punchless as Chelsea did yesterday.

Jose Bosingwa - RB 4.3
Minutes played70
Touches52
Passes23/28
Shots0/0
Tackles4/5
Interceptions1
Clearances2/6
Crosses0/3

Graham says3
What can I say about Jose Bosingwa that hasn't already been said? The former Porto right back has been a defensive liability for most of the season, and that continued here, with City catching him out of position far too many times for my liking. He was actually pretty good when he was able to get anywhere near the ball, making a few key challenges and one absolutely vital clearance, but that doesn't excuse him from the fact that he turns up in the wrong place all the time. There's a reason Manchester City played more than 40% of their attacks down Bosingwa's flank.

Michael Essien - CM 4.3
Minutes played32
Touches24
Passes16/19
Shots0/1
Tackles0/0
Interceptions0

Graham says3
Michael Essien was brought in for Meireles in order to shore up the defence. In retrospect, that seems a little silly, because Essien stupidly gave up the penalty that saw City jump right back into the match. It's difficult to see past that handball - Essien's a veteran player and there was absolutely zero reason to flap his arms around in the box, and I think he'd be the first person to put his hand up (hee hee) and accept responsibility for it. Played a part in Chelsea's completely loss of concentration following that goal too.

Didier Drogba - CF 4.9
Minutes played17
Touches15
Passes6/6
Shots0/1
Aerial0/0
Crosses0/0

Graham says4
Brought on to shore up the defence, Didier Drogba failed to relieve the pressure before City could score twice. He made a couple of mistakes early that set the tone, and by the time he and Chelsea had recovered it was too little too late.
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