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Chelsea player ratings: Rudiger unplayable, Sarr shows versatility


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helsea booked a place in their fourth final in less than a year under Thomas Tuchel with a 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final victory against Tottenham, winning 3-0 on aggregate.

Continued excellent form in this competition with another clean sheet. Tackle on Lucas was superb, even if it took VAR to appreciate it.

Solid, no matter where he plays. Switched between an orthodox right-back and wing-back, dependent on whether Chelsea were in possession and looked comfortable in either role.

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Important blocks denied Spurs on the occasions they fashioned shooting chances. One on Kane denied the England captain a potential goal-scoring opportunity in the first half.

In this kind of mood he is virtually unplayable. Created Chelsea’s two best openings in the first half before scoring himself. Outmuscled Kane to prevent a goal-scoring chance – and even when sending Hojbjerg tumbling in the box, VAR rightly overruled the penalty decision because the contact was outside the area.

Really impressed in left back/wingback role and then moved to a back three. That versatility could be important for Chelsea as the season progresses.

Controlled midfield with his energy and forward runs to keep Spurs running towards their own goal for much of the game.

Lost the ball in the build-up to Kane’s ruled out goal – but that was more down to Kepa’s poor pass. Looked far more energised than in recent weeks.

His corner delivery allowed Rudiger to fire Chelsea ahead. Played in a deeper role than usual, but still got up in support of the forwards.


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