Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea: Player Ratings as Blues Claim Comfortable Away Win

Ross Kennerley
Oct 28, 2020, 7:55 PM GMT
Ziyech scored the third on a comfortable night
Ziyech scored the third on a comfortable night / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images
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Chelsea recorded their first win of the 2020/21 Champions League season with a 4-0 victory over Krasnodar at the Krasnodar Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Jorginho missed a first half penalty but his blushes were spared by Matvei Safonov bundling home Callum Hudson-Odoi's weak effort at goal. Timo Werner then made no mistake from the spot when he was given the chance, with Hakim Ziyech then topping off a solid individual display ten minutes from the end.

There was still time for a fourth, as Christian Pulisic added gloss with a stoppage time drive.

Here are your Chelsea player ratings.

Chelsea Player Ratings

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

What he had to do, Mendy did well.
What he had to do, Mendy did well. / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images

Edouard Mendy (GK) - 7/10 - Quiet night for the Frenchman who had a couple of tame efforts to deal with but little else. Passed it to Zouma about 900 times, mind.

Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) - 7/10 - The most adventurous of the back four, with the other three very content to play among each other and unwilling to carry the ball.

Kurt Zouma (CB) - 6/10 - Took a few knocks over the course of the game with some meaty challenges, and while his approach didn't stretch much beyond feeding Azpilicueta and Rudiger, he did okay.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - 6/10 - Passing was sluggish and uninventive, almost always seeking the easy option which, while not necessarily bad, didn't provide much in the way of excitement.

Ben Chilwell (LB) - 5/10 - Passive, weak in challenges and just coasting through the game, Chilwell offered almost nothing in both an attacking and defensive sense on Wednesday night.

2. Midfielders

Jorginho hit the post with his penalty
Jorginho hit the post with his penalty / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images

Jorginho (CM) - 5/10 - Missed the penalty in the first half with his classic skipping style, and after that was mostly a passenger - especially in the second half where Krasnodar gained control of midfield.

Kai Havertz (AM) - 6/10 -
Made a couple of trademark deep runs into the box in the first half but his influence, what there was of it in the first place, became non-existent after the break.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - 5/10 -
Just like the Italian, Kovacic could not get a stranglehold on midfield, or offer anything of note, across the game as the Russians pushed for an equaliser before eventually falling further behind.

3. Forwards

Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring on the night
Hudson-Odoi opened the scoring on the night / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/Getty Images

Hakim Ziyech (RW) - 8/10 - Chelsea's liveliest and all-round best performer on the night. On his first start for the club, Ziyech pressed well, tried to create and was happy to drop deep to link play. A player who switches the play brilliantly in forward areas. Got the goal he deserved.

Timo Werner (ST) - 5/10 - Didn't get a sniff. Managed to win a penalty in the opening period (and score a penalty) as well as running the channels, but he was starved of anything noteworthy on a frustrating night for the German. Good for him that Jorginho went off before the spot-kick.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (LW) - 6/10 - May have scored, but it was immensely fortuitous and Hudson-Odoi really struggled to make any impact in forward areas. Had more than a few wasteful touches in possession.

4. Substitutes

Christian Pulisic - 8/10

N'Golo Kante - 6/10

Mason Mount - 7/10

Tammy Abraham - N/A

Emerson Palmieri - N/A

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