Ratings from players like Azpilicueta and Alonso give Thomas Tuchel the Blues’ first win
Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso saw Chelsea defeat Burnley 2-0 in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Sunday, earning Thomas Tuchel his first victory as manager of the Blues.
After a slow start, the home side picked up the pace and found a game opener, with Azpilicueta shooting just before half-time after a great job from Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea continued to dominate the game in the second half and doubled their lead with a moment of magic from left-back recalled Alonso. The Spaniard knocked down Christian Pulisic’s cross, took a throw-in and flew into the roof of the net to make it 2-0 with just over five minutes to go.
Now let’s move on to some player ratings.
Édouard Mendy (GK) – 6/10 – They had virtually nothing to do with the Clarets having failed to register a single shot on target. Easy day at the office.
Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – 7/10 – Solid defensive exit and capped his performance with the first goal of the Tuchel era in the first half.
Thiago Silva (CB) – 7/10 – Good experienced performance from the Brazilian, making the defense easy with four interceptions and calmly selecting passes in midfield.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 6/10 – Very little for the German other than advancing the ball and was overshadowed by his defensive colleagues.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RWB) – 8/10 – Another brilliant game for the Englishman, showing fantastic discipline in defensive tasks while providing a creative spark with menacing crosses. Unlucky not to score as he hit the woodwork, but he showed great conscience to get help for the opener.
Jorginho (CM) – 6/10 – Couldn’t find his pass range for the most part but was pretty solid and could have secured an assist if Alonso hadn’t spoiled his header in the first half.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 7/10 – The Croatian ran the show for big plays, pulverizing the ball very well and achieving 89% passing accuracy.
Marcos Alonso (LWB) – 6/10 – He looked quirky in his first appearance since September, but produced a pretty incredible goal with five to go, a volley into the roof of the net after a bit of skill.
Mason Mount (RF) – 7/10 – He looked crisp and bright like his usual creative mind and was even better after being moved into the field in the second half, racking up three key passes.
Tammy Abraham (ST) – 5/10 – A very quiet game, making just nine touches and taking no shots until you get hooked on the break.
Timo Werner (LF) – 6/10 – Seemed lacking in confidence, especially in puffing up his lines after a Hudson-Odoi withdrawal at 30 minutes. I performed well on the channels, but couldn’t test the goalie.
Christian Pulisic – 7/10 – Played down the center of the front line and looked very bright, doing wide runs and shifting defense with his sharp, unpredictable movement. Capped his match with the help for the second.
Reece James – 6/10 – Provided instant impact, forcing Pope to make a good save immediately. Continue to create at the bottom right.
Kai Havertz – 6/10
Nick Pope (GK) – 7/10 – The England international looked very confident and read the game well, showing good handling from crosses and making some good saves, and there was little he could do for goals.
Matt Lowton (RB) – 6/10 – He organized Chelsea’s left side well and handled his defensive responsibilities well, but couldn’t run balls into the canals and lost the ball too many times.
James Tarkowski (CB) – 7/10 – A typically solid performance with no frills. The center-back kept Werner quiet throughout and barely put a foot wrong with four ball recoveries and four clearances.
Ben Mee (CB) – 6/10 – Well defended but was lucky not to concede a goal against his side as his goalkeeper saved him with a smart save.
Erik Pieters (LB) – 5/10 – He really struggled to keep Hudson-Odoi at bay and his job didn’t get any easier when Reece James had time to play. A tough one for the Dutchman.
Robbie Brady (RM) – 5/10 – Was solid defensively against Alonso, steadily edging out the Spaniard, but couldn’t find his creative side, failing to register a key pass before exiting.
Jack Cork (CM) – 5/10 – Was anonymous in Burnley midfielder, making just 35 touches and attempting 22 passes from central midfielder.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 6/10 – The ever-present held the midfielder’s form well and gave Chris Wood a few good balls, but just couldn’t get into the game as much as he would have liked.
Dwight McNeil (LM) – 5/10 – Did not have the same impact when his team beat Aston Villa, Hudson-Odoi and Azpilicueta proving too much for him to pass.
Chris Wood (ST) – 5/10 – Holds the ball well in the first half, but saw so little he could barely make an impact before being forced to injure himself on time.
Matej Vydra (ST) – 3/10 – Really not much to say about the performance of the Czech. I left on 57 minutes after making just 14 touches with 40% passing accuracy.
Jay Rodriguez – 5/10
Johann Gudmundsson – 5/10
Joel Mumbongo – N / A