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Chelsea 1-1 (6-5 p/k) Villarreal, UEFA Super Cup Player Ratings: Kepa the Penalty Jukebox Hero

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s triumphant night in the UEFA Super Cup

Chelsea FC v Villarreal CF – UEFA Super Cup 2021 Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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.


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): —


OVERALL