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Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich, Player Ratings: Kovačić, Caballero best of a sorry bunch

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s reality check against Bayern

Chelsea FC v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images


Minutes: 90
Touches: 76
Passes: 47/53
Take-ons: 8/9
Tackles+INTs: 5+2

Frank Lampard singled out Mateo Kovačić after this otherwise disastrous performance from Chelsea, saying that the 25-year-old former Real Madrid squad player (and in the process, three-time Champions League winner) was the only one on the level of Bayern. Few would disagree with him, even if the rating itself is knocked down by a couple points due to the actual outcome of the game.

Kovačić has room to improve, too, which should make him a key part of the squad going forward, this season and well beyond. I’d personally like to see him work on being a more visible leader as well — “I don’t have many advices” was a pretty telling quote pre-match just as it was earlier in the season — but one thing at a time, I suppose.


Minutes: 90
Touches: 44
Passes: 20/32
Clearances: 2
Saves: 3

Chelsea’s goalkeeper situation remains as weird as ever, but the keys to the net appear to be with Caballero now. He started his fifth in a row in all competitions, and for the first 45 minutes, pulled off a bit of a masterclass. Then he ran out of mojo, though short of actual magic, there was nothing he really could’ve done about any of the three goals.


Minutes: 59
Touches: 26
Passes: 11/19
Shots: 1/2
Tackles: 2
Aerial duels won: 3

Somebody had to finish third, so it might as well be Giroud. Shout-out to Mason Mount for his game-leading 5 shots.

vs. BAYERN MUNICH (CL, H, L 0-3)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): —

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kovačić (6.5), Caballero (6.4)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Giroud (5.4), Mount (5.1), Christensen (5.0)

BAD (4.0-4.9): Pedro (4.7, sub), James (4.7), Rüdiger (4.6), Jorginho (4.6), Willian (4.5, sub), Alonso (4.4), Azpilicueta (4.4)

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Abraham (3.8, sub), Barkley (3.5)


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