Player ratings as Timo Werner inspires Blues to victory
Timo Werner registered an assist and won a penalty as Chelsea remained unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.
After struggling for much of the first half, Chelsea finally found their rhythm just before the break. Ben Chilwell found Werner with a cut bullet along the line and the German then pulled it out for Mount to hit home.
Just before the hour, the Blues offered their hosts a way to get back into the game with Antonio Rudiger pushing the ball past the hurried Edouard Mendy and into his own net.
Four minutes later, Aaron Ramsdale brought Timo Werner into the box. After a VAR review, a penalty was imposed, which Jorginho stroked to restore Chelsea’s lead. The Blades recorded few responses, allowing the Blues to secure a victory that puts them in fifth place in the Premier League table.
Here are the ratings of your players on Bramall Lane…
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 4/10 – May consider himself lucky not to have been sent off for his challenge on Werner. Also finished disappointing eight of his 24 long balls.
Chris Basham (CB) – 6/10 – Best defender of the Blades. He organized things and made some important interventions.
John Egan (CB) – 6/10 – His death was often savage. He positioned himself fairly well, making four interceptions.
Kean Bryan (CB) – 6/10 – did well on the pitch and won most of his aerial battles.
Jayden Bogle (RWB) – 6/10 – Often ventured forward. A burst into the box in the first half was particularly impressive.
John Lundstram (CM) – 5/10 – Worked hard but didn’t have much of a break up for him.
Oliver Norwood (CM) – 6/10 – The best of the hosts’ midfielders. He offered some resistance, recording five combined tackles and interceptions.
John Fleck (CM) – 5/10 – A few bright moments, but not creating enough for his side.
Max Lowe (LWB) – 6/10 – Put on a performance full of tenacity and enthusiasm, ending the game with three tackles. Also showed good energy.
Oli McBurnie (ST) – 6/10 – Attempted to make himself a nuisance and his fights led Rudiger to offer the Blades an equalizer.
Oliver Burke (ST) – 4/10 – Missed a BIG chance in the opening trade. Touched the ball 11 times in his hour-long stint, not great.
David McGoldrick – 6/10 – Added a new dimension to blade attack after it arrives.
Billy Sharp – 6/10 – Nothing broke for him.
Rhian Brewster – N / A
Édouard Mendy (GK) – 6/10 – Was involved in a bad mix with Rudiger, although he can hardly be faulted.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – 7/10 – Gobbled up anything thrown at him, winning seven jumps.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – 7/10 – After a short period he performed well. To say that he was rarely arrested.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 6/10 – His own mistake for the own goal was unforgivable enough to be honest. Recovered well after that with crucial blocks and tackles.
Reece James (RWB) – 7/10 – Needlessly plunged into a few challenges, but it was great for the future. His dribbling was particularly impressive.
Jorginho (CM) – 7/10 – Broke things up efficiently and allowed Chelsea to turn in midfield. You have another winner on the spot.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 8/10 – Dribbling expertly across the lines in the first half. His death was also superb.
Ben Chilwell (LWB) – 5/10 – Saved from conceding a penalty by a VAR offside appeal in the first half. The crossing was aimless.
Mason Mount (AM) – 7/10 – Showed excellent technique to finish from the edge of the box. A little calm after that.
Olivier Giroud (ST) – 6/10 – A little removed before being replaced on time.
Timo Werner (ST) – 8/10 – Very positive performance. Constantly sought to get behind the Blades defense and establish Mount’s goal. Also won the penalty.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5/10 – Not quite as involved as recently, but he looked sharp.
Marcos Alonso – 6/10 – Was not wrong.
N’Golo Kante – 6/10 – Supported the midfielder for the last 15 minutes.