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PAOK 0-1 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Willian, Barkley step up in Hazard, Kovačić absence

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Community player ratings from Chelsea’s first ever Europa League group stage match

Photo by Sebastian Widmann - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

1. WILLIAN (7.7)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 64
Passes: 35/38
Shots: 2*/4
Take-ons: 2/2

On a night when Chelsea struggled mightily with finishing, again, Willian was the only one able to find the breakthrough. It was his second goal in two games; he’s now scored Chelsea’s last two goals in all competitions. He also continues to play well in European competitions — as we may recall, he was within a few inches of potentially beating Barcelona last spring, hitting a brace of crossbars in the Round of 16 matchup. With Pedro surely set to miss a few games after picking up a shoulder injury, Willian should see a bit more consistent playing going forward, too.

2. ANTONIO RÜDIGER (7.3)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 113
Passes: 94/106
Shots: 0/1
Clearances: 2
Aerial duels: 5

There’s little doubt of Antonio Rüdiger’s spot at the very top of the center back pecking order at Chelsea these days. He finished with a match-leading 113 touches (Christensen also had over 100), showing comfort on the ball not necessarily associated with him at this time last season.

3. ROSS BARKLEY (7.2)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 83
Passes: 66*/69
Shots: 0/3
Take-ons: 2/3
Tackles+INTs: 3+1

Excellent overall performance (and the assist on Willian’s goal) from pre-season star Ross Barkley, who should continue to provide a solid rotational option for Mateo Kovačić. Barkley’s early season play is making his cut-rate January transfer look better and better with each passing minute.


vs. PAOK (EL, A, W 1-0)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Willian (7.7), Rüdiger (7.3), Barkley (7.2), Kanté (7.2), Christensen (7.1)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Jorginho (6.9), Alonso (6.8), Arrizabalaga (6.7), Pedro (6.7), Giroud (6.6, sub), Azpilicueta (6.5, sub), Fàbregas (6.4, sub), Zappacosta (6.1)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Morata (5.2)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL