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.
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.
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.
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.
Christian Pulisic – 8/10
N’Golo Kante – 6/10
Mason Mount – 7/10
Tammy Abraham – N/A
Emerson Palmieri – N/A