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Chalobah struggles as Pulisic excels- Chelsea vs Lille Player ratings

Chelsea stormed into the Champions League quarter-final despite a tricky away leg against French Champions Lille, coming through as 2-1 winners on the night and 4-2 victors on aggregate.

They were handed a first half scare as a Burak Yilmaz penalty handed the home side the lead, but Christian Pulisic levelled the scoring on the stroke of half time with an accurate finish.

Then, with a two goal advantage on aggregate, the Blues weathered a second-half barrage before a shanked effort from Azpilicueta added another for Thomas Tuchel’s side, and sent them into the hat for the quarter finals.

Player ratings

Mendy – 6 

Stood no chance with the penalty. Had little to do other than that despite the pressure from the French side.

Rudiger – 5

Was his usual aggressive self but the Chelsea defence looked creaky in the second half as the French side went close several times in the second half. Was at times bullied by Burak Yilmaz.

Christensen – 5

Looked shaky for much of his time on the pitch, and was forced off with an injury after 30 minutes. Chelsea’s thin squad is being further stretched, and Tuchel will be hoping it is nothing too serious for his Danish defender.

Silva – 6

The best of the four central defenders on the night, Thiago Silva remains a classy operator even well into his late 30s

Azpilicueta – 7

It felt fitting that Mr Chelsea confirmed Chelsea’s place in the Champions League quarter-final and ease any remaining nerves among his teammates. Solid enough defensively even if his legs are going

Kovacic – 6

Was a threat all first-half with his dribbling through midfield, but was hauled off at halftime as Thomas Tuchel opted for a tactical change. Has every right to feel hard done by, but the result speaks for itself.

Jorginho – 6

Was unlucky to concede a penalty for handball in the first half, but it ultimately let the French side back into the tie. Made up for it with a beautiful assist for the equaliser, and was his usual tidy self otherwise.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Chelsea always look far better when the Frenchman is on the pitch, and tonight was no different. The ground he covers is truly phenomenal.

Marcos Alonso – 5

Relatively quiet, and will have much tougher tasks than this evening. An upgrade on Sarr but still well behind Chilwell in Tuchel’s ideal pecking order.

Kai Havertz – 6

Growing into the centre-forward role and seems to be enjoying his football again. A valuable alternative to a misfiring Romelu Lukaku.

Christian Pulisic – 7

Netted a much-needed goal at the end of the first half just as Lille had momentum building. Was a threat with his pace and direct running all night behind the French side’s defence.

Subs:

Trevoh Chalobah – 4

His first action saw him concede a free-kick right on the edge of his own box and pick up a yellow card in the process.

Mason Mount – 7

Came on in place of the impressive Kovacic, and made an important impact as his cross found Azpilicueta at the back post. Always has an impact.

Romelu Lukaku- 5

Came on with the Blues cruising, but still couldn’t get into the game and seems to have lost his starting berth for now.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek- 6 

Continues to provide impressive cameos, but is unlikely to threaten the first XI anytime soon.

Hakim Ziyech-  N/A

Did not have enough time to make a real impact.

What they said:

Cesar Azpilicueta to BT Sport:

“It has not been a normal last few weeks but we have to do what is in our hands, which is train the best we can. Tonight it was a difficult game and of course we are happy to go through.

“I just put a leg and it went with my knee! I am not very used to scoring goals.

“In the first half we didn’t start very well, we knew it would be difficult, sometimes we played in the spaces and made a few mistakes – the reaction was good, we scored before half-time. If you go 1-0 down into half-time the second half would be difficult.

“This group fights against everything, we know we have to do the best we can on the pitch, we stick together and hopefully end up having a very good season.

“Sometimes it may be easier to lose focus, but that is not us, we have to keep playing every three days difficult games.”


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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 29 50 70
2 Liverpool FC 28 53 66
3 Chelsea FC 28 38 59
4 Arsenal FC 26 14 51
5 Manchester United 29 8 50
6 West Ham United 29 12 48
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29 6 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 27 7 45
9 Aston Villa 28 2 36
10 Southampton FC 29 -9 35
11 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
12 Leicester City 26 -5 33
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 28 -8 33
14 Newcastle United 28 -16 31
15 Brentford FC 29 -13 30
16 Leeds United 29 -34 26
17 Everton FC 26 -19 22
18 Watford FC 29 -26 22
19 Burnley FC 27 -16 21
20 Norwich City 29 -45 17
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 13
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 11
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 9
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 8
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 8
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 8
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 8





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