1. ÉDOUARD MENDY (6.4)
In line with our tradition of excellence at the position (with rare exceptions), it’s the goalkeeper who leads the way when the result (or even our standard of play) is less than ideal.
Mendy may have been beaten by a perfect strike from Federico Chiesa — elevated enough to clear Rüdiger’s outstretched foot and the onrushing goalkeeper, but low enough to land in the roof of the net rather than the upper tiers like Lukaku’s similar shot later in the half — but he was pretty much faultless otherwise.
That 6 of the 10 Man of the Match awards so far have gone to goalkeepers is perhaps a bit of a concern.
2. THIAGO SILVA (6.2)
Despite the loss, there’s little to complain about in terms of our defending. The few counters we gave up were almost all the result of terrible midfield turnovers and giveaways, and while we could’ve done better on their goal, it’s a dangerous tightrope to walk if we have to keep a clean sheet to get a result. Sometimes, we might slip — such as when Juve run an overload on the wing that we’re not ready for, and make a clever pass to find a clever run for the aforementioned perfect finish.
In a defensive battle between two defensively excellent teams, it was always likely to come down to a moment of true quality in attack, and they produced it while we did not.
3. RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (6.1, sub)
Speaking of our attack, RLC has been arguably the only bright spot in it lately, in his two substitute appearances, first against Manchester City, then against Juventus. Might he have earned himself a meaningful start?
vs. JUVENTUS (CL, A, L 0-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): —
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Mendy (6.4), Silva (6.2), Loftus-Cheek (6.1, sub), Rüdiger (6.0), Hudson-Odoi (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Christensen (5.9), Chalobah (5.9, sub), Barkley (5.5, sub), Chilwell (5.3, sub), Kovacic (5.3), Azpilicueta (5.1)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Lukaku (4.8), Jorginho (4.7), Havertz (4.7), Alonso (4.5)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Ziyech (3.9)