Player ratings as Blues do light shrimp work
Chelsea qualified for the FA Cup 4th round with an easy 4-0 victory over League Two Morecombe at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Penning in the Shrimps throughout, the Blues broke the deadlock in the 18th minute thanks to a breakthrough finish in the corner by birthday boy Mason Mount.
Morecombe tried to keep the 1-0 deficit until half-time, but a nice whipped cross from Hakim Ziyech in the 44th minute allowed Kai Havertz to gently prepare Timo Werner to crush the hopes of the team. Ligue 2 before the break.
The game was sealed early in the second half when Ziyech landed a perfectly crafted pass so Callum Hudson-Odoi could connect in the 49th minute. The remainder of the game was a matter of time, with Chelsea slowly pressing down on the Ligue 2 play-off pursuit squad, ultimately culminating in the Blues’ fourth goal, a Havertz header.
Here are the ratings of Chelsea players during a cruise victory at Stamford Bridge…
Kepa Arrizabalaga (GK) – 6/10 – Well held for a surprise wide shot from the start, making sure the ball doesn’t cross the line. Performed a scrambled classic Kepa dive in the first half, otherwise there wasn’t much to do.
César Azpilicueta (RB) – 6/10 – Looked a bit painful on the lower right. His 401st appearance probably looks like one of his last for the loyal captain, but showed his talent with the cross for the fourth goal.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 7/10 – Bad play aside, was Chelsea’s most confident player. Comfortably showed why he’s a starter.
Antonio Rüdiger (CB) – 6/10 – Spurred a chance in the first half. Advance to help the midfielder throughout. Always behind Thiago Silva in the pecking order.
Emerson Palmieri (LB) – 6/10 – Moved to the middle throughout the game, almost becoming a central midfielder. Had three shots in the first half from central positions which caused no stress for the Shrimps goaltender. Has been absent on several occasions in his defensive duties. Ben Chilwell will not have nightmares.
Kai Havertz (RM) 7/10 – Fluffed two presentable chances showing a real lack of confidence. Later, a perfectly weighted assist for Werner and obtained at the end of the cross from Azpilicueta. Better from the young German.
Billy Gilmour (CM) – 6/10 – The 19-year-old Scottish player was industrial in his deep role, fulfilling his duties admirably. Was calm with little to do in the middle.
Mason frame (LM) – 7/10 – Arrow in its goal showing the chasm between the teams. Drifted into the park, finding plenty of space. A happy birthday for the 22-year-old England international.
Hakim Ziyech (RW) – 8/10 – Sent endless crosses into the box, two that created the second and third goals. Almost scored a cry itself. Become the expected Chelsea player.
Timo Werner (ST) – 6/10 – Should have hit the target with his 3rd minute header. I also missed another chance soon after, but finally got a tap-in. Still not showing his talents, being kidnapped again early.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (LW) – 8/10 – Most lively player on the pitch. He whipped up a lot of balls and provided an assist for the opening of the mounts before ending for the third base.
Christian Pulisic – 6/10 – Should have scored his chance to rebound.
Olivier Giroud – 6/10 – Impossible to complete one of his half-chances.
Tammy Abraham – 6/10 – Set up Giroud luck but did nothing else in his minor cameo.
Fikayo Tomori – N / A