1. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (9.0, sub)
WAGNH Community Player Ratings are back for the tenth (10th!) season, and we begin things with something we haven’t seen in them before, a substitute goalkeeper winning Man of the Match! In terms of minutes-to-impact, Kepa’s performance may be unrivaled in fact — some might say nearly as perfect as Papy Djilobodji’s one-minute cameo against Walsall, even!
In all seriousness, Kepa’s heroics in the penalty shootout made this night and this trophy a memorable occasion, most certainly set to live long in Chelsea lore.
2. TREVOH CHALOBAH (8.0)
First-team debuts from one of our own don’t come much better than Chalobah’s 120-minute excellence on the right side of the three-man backline, with the 22-year-old showing that he’s every bit as capable as we expected him to be on the back of three successful loans. Whether that earns him a spot in the first-team for this season remains to be seen, but hopefully this isn’t the only time we’ll get to see him excel in a Chelsea shirt.
3. HAKIM ZIYECH (7.9)
The Wizard of AMS wasn’t quite as magical last season as we had hoped and expected him to be — at least not consistently — but he had a good preseason and was fantastic in this game ... until just before the half, when he picked up a most unfortunate shoulder injury (dislocation?), which appears to be fairly serious and could rule him out for a while. Chelsea looked much worse after he was forced off the pitch, and not just because of fitness levels.
Tuchel on BT Sport about Ziyech's injury:— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 11, 2021
"If you take a player out during the first half it is serious. Unfortunately, because he is a decisive player in the last games." #CFC
vs. VILLARREAL (USC, N, W 1-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Arrizabalaga (9.0, sub)
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Chalobah (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Ziyech (7.9), Kanté (7.9), Mendy (7.4), Alonso (7.2), Rüdiger (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kovačić (6.8), Azpilicueta (6.8, sub), Havertz (6.8), Jorginho (6.7, sub), Zouma (6.5), Pulisic (6.5, sub), Christensen (6.5, sub), Mount (6.4, sub), Hudson-Odoi (6.3), Werner (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —