Chelsea vs Manchester City: Player ratings as David Luiz stands up tall against the champions - (2021)
Kepa Arrizabalaga 7/10
Calm with the ball at his feet, as the young Spaniard was used a lot due to Man City's high pressing. Made own error late on, as he gave possession away cheaply, but made a great save to spare his own blushes. Not called into action anywhere near as much as he would have expected pre-match.
Cesar Azpilicueta 8/10
Great block to deny Sane at the back post, after a good cross from Sterling on 33 minutes, and had the Germany international's number throughout. Stood his man up well with some good challenges, getting tight and not allowing Sane to use his pace. A very solid performance.
Antonio Rudiger 7/10
Good clearance to deny David Silva just after the half-hour mark, and didn't put a foot wrong defensively. Helped to keep Mahrez very quiet, providing a solid partnership with David Luiz, as Guardiola's Man City fired blanks against a well-organised unit.
David Luiz 8.5/10
Good foot in against Sane deep in his own penalty area inside the opening quarter of an hour. Played a fantastic long pass to start a counter-attacking move for the opening goal of the night. Rose well in the second half to plant a looping header inside the back post to make it 2-0. Provided plenty of passion and stayed switched on.
Marcos Alonso 6.5/10
A good showing defensively from the Spain international, who didn't cede much ground. Alonso was beaten a couple of times by Sterling, but otherwise he was a useful physical presence to have in what is otherwise quite a short Chelsea side. Played a key pass in the build-up to Kante's goal.
His influence was limited by Man City's high pressing in the first half, but the Italy international continued to show for the ball and offer his defensive line an option. Given how Guardiola's side were looking to stifle Jorginho, however, Chelsea fared better and carried more of a threat by bypassing the ex-Napoli man.
N'Golo Kante 8/10
Fired home a thunderous effort to open the scoring, after some patience around the penalty area from Chelsea, giving the goalkeeper no chance. Caused problems with some of his direct running when approaching the penalty area, in a characteristically all-action performance.
Mateo Kovacic 7/10
Forced off with an injury problem in the second half, but formed a good unit alongside Jorginho and Kante, providing a good shield ahead of his central defenders. Worked hard, covered space well and was switched on tactically, as well as having the passing range to be positive when in possession.
His direct running helped Chelsea to get upfield quickly on breakaways. Stung Ederson's palms with a well-struck free kick early in the second half. Wasted a good chance with a meek right-footed effort that was gathered up easily by Ederson, but his energy was a thorn in Man City's side and he worked back to put in a very good shift defensively.
Eden Hazard 8/10
Teed up Kante for the opening goal of the game with a nice cut back. At the centre of plenty of interplay on the break, with neat little flicks and touches helping Chelsea to invent chances at pace. A constant threat, able to use his low centre of gravity to hold possession against covering central defenders well. His corner delivery provided the ammunition for David Luiz to make it two.
Dropped in to help out his central midfielders, working hard to offer work rate both in defence and attack. His movement and link-up play with Hazard was very useful for Sarri's side, while his awareness in the lead-up to Kante's opening goal saw him leave a dropping ball to a teammate who was in a better position.
Ross Barkley 6/10
Introduced for Kovacic and slotted in well, taking on his role responsibly and ensuring that Man City were not able to take advantage of him coming into the game.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 6/10
His frame helped him to hold onto the ball on a couple of occasions, but the England international's involvement was fairly basic.
Olivier Giroud 5/10
Introduced late on as fresh legs and didn't have long to make an impact.
Made a good save down to his left to deny a Willian free kick early in the second half, and could do very little about both of Chelsea's goals on the night. His distribution wasn't at its very best, but none of the blame lies at the Brazilian's door.
Kyle Walker 6/10
Tested Kepa from a second-half free-kick effort, but otherwise his input in attack was very limited indeed. Helped to lead some of the pressing in the opening half an hour, as Man City looked to unsettle Chelsea, but was otherwise unable to foray forward effectively.
John Stones 6/10
Made an important block to deny Pedro around the 50th minute mark, standing up his man well after a cut back from Kante. Extremely comfortable on the ball, not flustered in any situation but Man City's line was occasionally caught quite high.
Aymeric Laporte 7/10
Stood up well to driving opponents and showed real composure in possession. A solid performance from the Frenchman, who stood out among a Man City side who struggling to find their best form at Stamford Bridge. A leader at the back.
Fabian Delph 5/10
Relatively tidy on the ball, but didn't offer much in the way of penetration or a threat when getting forward. Had an extremely quiet second half and really accentuated what Man City miss in terms of thrust when Benjamin Mendy is out injured.
Sat in at the base of midfield and saw a lot of the ball, but wasn't able to offer any kind of penetration through a solid Chelsea midfield. Acted as a water carrier, but it wasn't to be enough without other players adding more creative flourishes.
David Silva 6/10
Substituted in the second half with a hamstring problem, but his influence waned slightly as the game progressed. Saw plenty of the ball, but didn't carve Chelsea apart or manage to bring Sarri's midfield under his spell. A disappointing showing from a top talent.
Bernardo Silva 6/10
Not able to have a telling influence in the final third, as Man City moved plenty of possession from flank to flank without any true cutting edge. A disappointing showing on a night where David Silva also struggled to pick up the slack. Carried the ball with more urgency than those around him.
Leroy Sane 5/10
Kept Azpilicueta busy and had two great chances to open the scoring in the first half, but ultimately came out on the wrong side of that particular battle. Could quite easily have opened the scoring on another evening, but instead had a very frustrating game as he was shut out by the experienced Spain international.
Raheem Sterling 7/10
Escaped from Marcos Alonso with a nice turn on 33 mins, but his cross didn't end in a goal from Sane. Energetic and keen to turn and run at his man throughout, often able to win set-piece opportunities for Man City. By far and away the visitors' most dangerous weapon.
Riyad Mahrez 5/10
Kept very quiet by Chelsea for the entirety of his involvement, not able to get on the ball in pockets of space in or around the penalty area. A frustrating night for the Algerian forward, who wasn't able to step up adequately in Sergio Aguero's absence.
Gabriel Jesus 6/10
Replaced the ineffective Sane just before the hour mark, but having more of an orthodox striker didn't improve Man City's chance creation or general play moving forward.
Ilkay Gundogan 6/10
Lost his man in the build-up to Chelsea's second goal, allowing David Luiz to escape his clutches and rise highest to nod home.
Phil Foden 6/10
Introduced late on as Guardiola looked to roll the dice and try and get Man City back into the game. Was allowed some touches, but didn't make an impact.
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