Chelsea ratings: Mendy shines on return; Kante experiment fails
abriel Jesus’ goal gave defending champions Manchester City a 1-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday as the Blues’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end.
Two brilliant saves denied Grealish. Very solid handling from set-pieces. Let down by his defence for Jesus’ goal.
Moved to wingback after James’ injury and it gave Chelsea more of a presence on the right.
Headed prevented Dias from meeting first half corner. Generally solid, but, like the rest of Chelsea’s centre backs, did not cover himself in glory for Jesus’ goal.
Typically robust – he had Jesus under lock and key in the first half, but given far more of a tough time after the break.
Had to go off injured midway through the first half. Did not have much of an impact before that with Chelsea rarely using the right-hand side.
Important interception denied Jesus a shot on goal. Did not look comfortable when City ran beyond him.
Did more than any Chelsea midfielder to try to relieve the pressure with his forward runs. Use of the ball let him down.
Through-ball to Werner in the first half could have opened the scoring. Stretched City with his runs.
Deployed higher up the pitch and it did not work. Too easily taken out of the game by City’s passing and not creative enough to link the play.
Touch let him down at times when Chelsea needed him to relieve pressure and link play.
Cross to Lukaku could have led to the opening goal. City did not like his pace, but did not do enough to hurt them.
Thiago Silva (James, 29’)
Goal-line clearance prevented City from going two up and kept Chelsea in the game.
Kai Havertz (Kante, 60’) 6
Should have been on from the start. Chelsea immediately looked more threatening once he came on.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Jorginho, 76’)
Perhaps he will be the next player that Tuchel manages to revitalise
Unused: Kepa, Chalobah, Saul, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell, Ziyech