- Match Analysis
The Blues dominated in the first-half against Hull City in the FA Cup tie and scored four goals in a comfortable evening at Stamford Bridge.
Willian and Pedro both found the net while new striker Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea, which was set up by Emerson, who had an impressive debut for the club on the left flank.
Here are the Chelsea player ratings out of 10:
Made a few key saves while the highlight of his match was his penalty save against David Meyler. Caballero is showing he is more than just a back-up goalkeeper and could well have a shout to compete with first choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for Premier League games. Kept a clean sheet and had good ball distribution.
Showed his excellent ball distribution and passing ability throughout the game and had little to do defensively against a rather flat Hull side. Has probably done enough to show he can start against Barcelona.
Again, had little to do defensively on the night. He made a few good passes, and his shot from outside the box set up the assist for Emerson and the goal by Giroud.
Fans are getting excited about the 17-year-old centre-back, and rightly so. He showed maturity and composure beyond his years in another fantastic display by the teenager. The Welsh defender passed the ball with ease and made a number of key tackles and interceptions. He even showed a touch of John-Terry-esque bravery when he went in for a 50/50 ball and got clobbered in the head from a high boot.
Didn’t have much to do defensively once again but he did make a few good runs down the right flank. He has not shown much of his crossing ability of late however, and has not done enough to displace Moses from the team.
Set up the goal for Giroud with a nice run, and put in a nice low cross for Giroud to finish in the back of the net. Emerson didn’t have much to do defensively once again but he showed good defensive positioning and had energy to get up and down the touchline. A good debut for the Brazilian and it will cause first-choice left back Marcos Alonso to look over his shoulder.
Okay so 5 may be a harsh rating but for me he didn’t really do much attacking wise or defensively. He did a job, albeit quietly, but failed to produce the type of passes Cesc Fabregas can do.
Cesc Fabregas reminded everyone tonight of what he can do once he gets his head up and makes a pass. His assist for Pedro was classic Fabregas at his best with a perfectly weighted long ball over the top of the Hull defence to put Pedro through. Controlled the game throughout and even put in a defensive shift too.
Yes,a perfect 10 for our Brazilian wizard Willian. He scored two fantastic goals and both could be contenders for goal of the month for Chelsea. His first, a fantastic long-range strike curling into the back of the net. His second goal however was the best of the night with the ball curving into the net from what looked like a wide shot. Dribbled effortlessly with the ball as usual and set up countless attacks. He should start against Barcelona but I’m worried he may not, with Pedro being subbed at half-time.
A well-rounded display from Pedro which showed his attacking class. Had a perfect ball from Fabregas to finish off and he did so effortlessly. He didn’t do much wrong but also didn’t do too much after his goal either. He was subbed off at half-time which likely means he will play against his old team Barcelona.
A fantastic display for the French striker and is surely making Alvaro Morata a bit worried about his starting place in the Chelsea team. Finished off a low cross nicely into the back of the net which was his first goal for Chelsea. Was a good hold-up man throughout and set up the two goals from Willian.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 7– Showed his class in the little time he was afforded.
Kyle Scott: 6-Slightly nervous display from the American youngster.
Alvaro Morata: 5– didn’t do much in the 20 minutes he was afforded.
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