Chelsea player ratings: Kovacic off-colour vs Villa; Werner struggles


helsea secured a top-four finish and Champions League qualification despite their 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa on the final day.

James Robson was at Villa Park and this is how he rated the Chelsea players…

A worry for Chelsea ahead of the Champions League final after he went off at half time. 

Villa identified space behind him to attack, which Chelsea managed to stem. Moved into midfield and got away with a sloppy back pass that let in Watkins. 

Absolutely dominant in the air and on the ground – but it was his heavy touch that led to the corner that Villa scored from.

First the to the ball just about every time. Villa got little joy down his side. 

Got forward repeatedly in the first half and continued to try to inspire Chelsea when the game was going against them. Frustration boiled over when sent off for a lash out at Grealish.

Lots of energy, but nowhere near his best as he struggled to drive Chelsea forward. 

Looked off the pace with some late tackles – with his challenge on Traore to concede a penalty, proving most costly. 

Came up with the goal that gave Chelsea something to build on. Kept driving forward to push Villa onto the back foot. 

Woefully sliced effort blew Chelsea’s best chance to equalise when 1-0 down. But it was his cross that created Chilwell’s goal.

Got into plenty of dangerous areas with his movement and late runs in the first half, but not as influential after the break. 

Created a good chance for Pulisic – but posed very little threat in front of goal. Lucky to kept on as Tuchel sacrificed his midfielders when going in search of a goal. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Mendy, 46’) 6

Had to pick the ball out of his net when beaten from the spot. Rarely troubled otherwise.

Hakim Ziyech (Jorginho, 60’) 5

Added a bit more movement to Chelsea’s attack, but didn’t open up Villa as Tuchel would have hoped.

Kai Havertz (Kovacic, 66’) 5

Provided a physical presence without much of a goal threat.

Subs not used: Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Gilmour 

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