Chelsea player ratings: James and Mendy impress but defensive Blues fail to fire in Champions League draw vs Sevilla

Chelsea player ratings: James and Mendy impress but defensive Blues fail to fire in Champions League draw vs Sevilla

October 20, 2020

CHELSEA played out a 0-0 draw in their first match of this season's Champions League campaign.

But despite the lack of goals there were plenty of reasons to be positive.

Here, SunSport looks at who shone and who stayed in the shade under the lights at Stamford Bridge.

Edouard Mendy – 8

Came back in after his injury and made a fantastic reaction save after a deflected header in the first half. Not only did he make a few saves, he just provides that really calming presence that Chelsea really lack at the back when he isn't there.

Reece James – 9

Chelsea's star man, James was one of the only players shining bright for Chelsea tonight and looking to make things happen. He was always a threat from the right and excellent defensively.

Ben Chilwell – 7

It was a solid performance from Chilwell on the left, he didn't do a lot wrong and always looked to threaten in attack.

Kurt Zouma – 7

Zouma had a reasonably quiet game tonight and defended well when needed to.

Thiago Silva – 7

Similar to Zouma, Silva did a good job when called upon but he was never really under a lot of pressure from Sevilla, who were happy to keep possession in less dangerous areas.

Jorginho – 5

Silly booking after a poor touch early on in the game and a few edgy challenges after meant he could not really do much of a break-up job in the middle. It was a poor game from the captain on the night and he was taken off for Kovacic midway through the second half.

N'Golo Kante – 5

He looked rather out of sorts and struggled in a pivot with Jorginho. Although doing the basics fine, this was a game to forget for someone of Kante's quality.


Kai Havertz – 8

One of the only Chelsea players who looked like he could make things happen tonight. Havertz was always composed on the ball, and looked to try and create whenever he could.

Mason Mount – 5

Always struggles and looks un-natural out wide. He had a poor game and failed to effect the play at all. Mount was put out of his misery on 61 minutes when he came off for Ziyech.

Christian Pulisic – 5

He has yet to find the spark that he had before his injury last season, but another good outing getting some minutes in the tank. Struggled out on the right and always looked more of a threat when he drifted over to the left.

Timo Werner – 5

Should have done better with a couple of half chances and he struggled to make an impact as the lone striker. It was far from his best game, and he was largely cancelled out by the experienced Sevilla back line.

Subs

Hakim Ziyech for Mount (61 mins) – 6

Ziyech came on for some more needed minutes after his injury, but he didn't have enough time to make a difference.

Mateo Kovacic for Jorginho (63 mins) – 6

Calm as always on the ball and did his job fine.

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