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Chelsea 2-1 Lille, Player Ratings: Ten good men led by N’Golo Kanté

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s win in the final Champions League group match

Chelsea v Lille - UEFA Champions League - Group H - Stamford Bridge Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images

1. N’GOLO KANTÉ (7.9)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 59/66
Shots: 0/2
Take-ons: 2/3
Fouls drawn: 1
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 7+1+2
Clearances: 2

Ladies and gentlemen, N’Golo Kanté is back! He’s now started six of the last seven games and should thus be over his injury woes of the early season. And while he had been a bit below his very best in those six games, in this one, he was more of his old self than at any other time since returning. That may present a bit of a headache to Lampard — it’s hard to bench any one of Kanté, Kovačić, or Jorginho — but as the cliche goes, that’s a good problem to have ... as long as we make the correct calls on whom to start and when.


Minutes: 90
Touches: 111
Passes: 60/73
Shots: 1*/2
Take-ons: 1/1
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+3+1
Clearances: 1

In that most classic Chelsea tradition, a big man stepped up on a big occasion. Azpilicueta doesn’t score many goals at all — before this season he wasn’t even in double digits for his Chelsea career despite 300+ appearances — but with Champions League progression on the lie, the Captain delivered. And it was from a corner, just to make your jaw drop even more! (Side note: Please have Emerson on all left-footed set pieces from now on.)


Minutes: 70
Touches: 23
Passes: 10/14
Shots: 2*/3

Another Tammy game, another Tammy goal. Feels good to have a striker who can score regularly.

Bonus fun fact from this game: all 10 outfield starters scored between 7.0-7.9 (“good”). I’m pretty sure we’ve never had this happen for any category in the 6.5-year history of our community player ratings.

vs. LILLE (CL, H, W 2-1)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Kanté (7.9), Azpilicueta (7.8), Abraham (7.6), Pulisic (7.6), Willian (7.5), Rüdiger (7.4), Kovačić (7.2), Zouma (7.1), Jorginho (7.0), Emerson (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Arrizabalaga (6.3)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Mount (5.6, sub), Batshuayi (5.2, sub), Hudson-Odoi (5.2, sub)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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