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Chelsea vs. Stoke City, Player Ratings: Traoré's goal the only memorable part of an otherwise forgettable afternoon

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1. BERTRAND TRAORÉ - FC 7.1
Minutes played68
Touches22
Passes13/16
Shots1*/2
Aerial duels2/4
Tackles2
Bit of a slim pickings for this match, though I suppose Traoré's goal and just the fact that he finally got a couple starts after all this time of everyone calling for him to get a few starts is worth the 7+ alone.  And to be sure, that was a really nice goal.

That 7.1 was the highest rating really speaks to the overall disappointing nature of the game.  Only six matches have had a lower rating for the eventual Man of the Match, and five of those were losses.  The two lowest (both 6.4) came in Mourinho's final two losses, really underlining the bad mood around the club at the time.

Still, these are (mostly) happier days and well done Bertrand.  More of the same and better, please, whenever you get to play next.

2. GARY CAHILL - DC 6.8
Minutes played90
Touches44
Passes26/30
Shots1/2
Aerial duels4/6
Clearances4/5
Block+INT+RECs8
One of the bigger patterns that has developed over the 3+ season history of the WAGNH player ratings is that when a performance has been poor or uninspiring, the player ratings podium will tend to be filled with goalkeepers and the usual steady performers.  Gary Cahill is the ultimate steady performer of this Chelsea squad.  (Well, actually it's César Azpilicueta who's usuallyñ the ultimate steady performer, but he's been markedly less steady this season than normal.)

So here's Cahill with a 6.8 in second place.  Nothing to write home about, nothing to get excited about.  It's just Cahill.  No tell, no smell, Cahill.

3. THIBAUT COURTOIS - GK 6.5
Minutes played90
Touches51
Passes25/34
Saves4
Goalkeepers and steady performers, as mentioned above.  So here's the goalkeeper.

Courtois was rather unfortunate to concede that goal to Mame Biram Diouf, but in fairness, Diouf should've had a couple others that were basically harder to miss than to score but he missed them anyway.

More concerning than anything specific with Thibaut is the fact that we're having a very hard time keeping clean sheets, which is a team thing.  It's now 7 games on the bounce with at least 1 conceded, though only PSG managed more than the solitary strike.  Chelsea only have 13 for the whole season (out of 42 competitive games), which is shockingly low.

STARTERS:
Courtois (6.5), Baba (6.1), Ivanović (6.5), Cahill (6.8), Azpilicueta (6.4), Matić (5.8), Mikel (6.1), Hazard (6.2), Oscar (5.5), Willian (6.3), Traoré (7.1)

SUBS:
Loftus-Cheek (5.8), Rémy (4.6), Fàbregas (5.7)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings stoke H