Chelsea opened their Champions League campaign in style
Chelsea ended up 6-0 winners against a hapless Qarabag side in their commencing UEFA Champions League group C tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues ran riot scoring six dreams for the first time under Antonio Conte while new signing Davide Zappacosta scored arguably the goal of the sport from the right wing with a mishit move. Chelsea eased past their opponents, the Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, with a gallant show of attacking soccer.
Pedro gave the Blues an early lead and Zappacosta’s freak effort made it 2-0 at half-time. however the Blues were not done yet and added 4 extra goals after the break with Cezar Azpilicueta nodding home from a pinpoint Cesc Fabregas pass early in the second half.
Tiemoue Bakayoko scored after a rebounded effort fell kindly to him and Michy Batshuhayi who began in advance of Alvaro Morata finally got on the scoresheet as well. An own intention from Qarabag’s Medvedev made it 6-0 in the end.
Right here are the player ratings:
Thibaut Courtois – 7/10
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had little to do in goal as Qarabag slightly threatened the Chelsea goal but he made routine stops while required like in the 37th minute from Henrique’s strike. He did, however, come up with a very unlikely help to Davide Zappacosta’s first half freak purpose from out huge on the proper flank. The Belgian keeper threw the ball out to Zappacosta who then ran down the road and hooked the ball into the internet.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 8.5/10
Cesar Azpilicueta had a solid game as constantly on the back for Chelsea. He made vital interceptions and supported in attack while needed. He avoided danger in the 36th minute while Michel became threatening and then even popped up inside the Qarabag field to nod in a purpose off Cesc Fabregas’ superb go within the 55th minute. It was a nicely deserved first ever Champions League goal in Chelsea blue for the Spanish stalwart.
Gary Cahill – 7/10
Gary Cahill was lower back within the starting 11 after missing a number of games through suspension. He became reckless while challenging for the ball in the first half and clattered into Henrique in the 16th minute of the sport. It become a terrible challenge and he was rightly booked by the referee and become perhaps lucky not to be despatched off.
However, he did help Chelsea preserve a clean sheet in the game along with his no-nonsense defending through clearing their lines like in the 39th minute and even had a shot blocked at the opposite give up in the 48th minute. He became quiet from then on and went about his job neatly.
Andreas Christensen – 7/10
Andreas Christensen had a good game for Chelsea at the again. The young Dane continued to repay Antonio Conte’s religion in him with a good general overall performance in this game. He cleared risk early on in the 3rd minute off Medvedev’s pass and then had a penalty shout at the other cease while he was nudged in the returned inside the 4th minute. He expertly handled risk at the again to move away inside the 45th minute when Pedro’s clearance almost fell to Ndlovu and showed his ability and composure at the ball throughout.
Davide Zappacosta – 9/10
Davide Zappacosta had one of the best games of his career against Qarabag. the overall-returned was worried in a variety of moves going forward with runs and crosses like in the 13th, 23rd and 46th minute and remained an attacking hazard throughout the game. He also got on the scoresheet in the 30th minute with an unbelievable goal from the right flank.
His intended cross curled and found the back of the net as a substitute which sent Stamford Bridge wild. It become the standout goal of the game. He tried to score all over again with a shot in the 35th minute off Kante’s pass but hit it over the bar. He then also assisted in Chelsea’s sixth goal with a low pass that was bundled and deflected in off the Qarabag keeper Sehic and Michy Batshuhayi.
Cesc Fabregas – 8/10
Fabregas pulled the strings from midfield in the game spreading the ball around the park. He created a chance for Marcos Alonso in the 24th minute and for Gary Cahill in the 48th minute however they were saved and blocked respectively. He then played an inch-perfect go with the outside of his boot to find Cesar Azpilicueta who headed the ball into the again of the net in the 55th minute. He ended the game with an assist to his name and good all round play
N’Golo Kante – 7/10
N’Golo Kante went about the game with his ordinary tenacity and difficult tackling while required, winning the ball back in midfield while he was on the pitch, but he did not make any noteworthy tackles or interceptions because the Qarabag attack was slightly potent. He become later substituted in the 62nd minute of the sport.
Marcos Alonso 7/10
Marcos Alonso was a threat going forward all through the game and had a header saved in the 25th minute. He then tried to emulate Zappacosta’s effort in the 44th minute but shot over the bar. His shot off a Zappacosta driven move was blocked with the aid of Huseynov in the 46th minute and he was involved in Chelsea’s 4th goal after his cross led to Bakayoko’s goal.
Michy Batshuayi 8/10
Michy Batshuhayi had a frustrating night up the front initially however made amends afterward by using getting at the scoresheet. His shot changed into saved by Sehic in the 5th minute and later in a brilliant back-heeled one-two with Willian, his effort off the Brazilian’s rebound hit the side netting in the 19th minute. He could threaten further in the game and finally got his goal in the 75th minute after latching on to Bakayoko’s bypass and scoring past Sehic.
Willian – 8/10
Willian was a constant chance with his dribbling and runs across the pitch creating area for his teammates. He did well to select out Pedro for the first goal in the fifth minute and registered an help. His shot after a quick one- with Batshuhayi was saved through Sehic in the 19th minute and he nearly got a intention inside the 67th minute but was denied by the Qarabag crossbar. He continued his good form this season and was unlucky to have not scored.
Pedro – 7.5/10
Pedro did incredibly well to attain early on in the 5th minute of the game with a superb, first-time curled attempt from outside the box from Willian’s pass. however, he almost positioned his team in chance with a miscued clearance in the 45th minute but Christensen cleared the hazard. He was then substituted inside the 58th minute for Eden hazard.
Eden hazard (on for Pedro, 58 minutes) – 7/10
Eden risk came on and dribbled well to create area inside the last 30 minutes but he couldn’t carve out a goal scoring chance for himself. He appeared like a player regaining his fitness and got a much-needed run-out against Qarabag.
Tiemoue Bakayoko (on for Kante, 62 minutes) – 8/10
Bakayoko was an immediate effect from the bench after he got here on for N’Golo Kante inside the 62nd minute. He positioned himself about and kept the ball moving in midfield. He even scored a goal inside the 71st minute which was a simple tap-in after the ball fell to him off of Michel’s knee in the Qarabag field. He then assisted Batshuhayi for Chelsea’s 5th goal by finding the Belgian on the edge of the field.
Antonio Rudiger ( on for Azpilicueta, 74 minutes) – 7/10
Antonio Rudiger came on and looked solid at the back. He made certain Chelsea kept their clean sheet and made some good challenges.
Sehic – 2/10
Sehic had a negative game in goal for Qarabag through letting in six goals in the game. He could have saved Pedro’s strike from distance in the 5th minute but should do nothing about Zappacosta’s cross-shot in the 30th minute. Michy Batshuhayi’s aim in the 75th minute could have also been saved. however, the other dreams have been unsavable and it just wasn’t his day in the end.
Medvedev – 4/10
Medvedev threatened early on in the game with a low move from the proper flank inside the third minute which was dealt by using Christensen and he then had an attempted cross blocked by Alonso inside the 10th minute. He was by far Qarabag’s most industrious player however lacked in his final ball. He turned into then unlucky to attain an own goal in the 82nd minute after a aggregate of him and Batshuhayi bundled the ball into the net off Zappacosta’s pass.
Sadiqov – 3.5/10
Sadiqov the Qarabag captain had a poor game and was stuck ball-watching and standing still on a number of events. but, he made a tackle to stop Willian advancing in the 11th minute and then tackled the ball off Batshuhayi in the 26th minute. He turned into substituted in the seventieth minute.
Huseynov – 3/10
Huseynov was given a torrid time on the centre of defence by the Chelsea assault. but, he did nicely to dam Marcos Alonso’s attempt inside the 46th minute. His slip led to Bakayoko’s goal in the 71st minute.
Rzezniczak – 2/10
Rzezniczak could not take care of Willian and Zappacosta and was crushed repeatedly by each Chelsea players. He turned into a mere bystander for all the goals.
Qarayev – 2/10
Qarayev was virtually nonexistent in midfield and let N’Golo Kante and Cesc Fabregas run the show from the center of the park. He did nothing noteworthy in the game.
Almeida – 2.5/10
Almeida again like his midfield counterpart Qarayev could not assert himself on the game or reason Chelsea’s midfielders any issues. He became best slightly better than Qarayev
Guerrier – 4 /10
Gurrier conceded a loose kick after Zappacosta beat him in the 23rd minute and could not provide plenty output up the front. He was a bit of a chance to Chelsea going forward, but couldn’t do plenty to stop the Blues when they attacked.
Michel – 4/10
Michel put a few slight stress at the Chelsea lower back line with a few runs like getting to the byline in the 36th minute however turned into kept quiet in the game by the Blues. He was unlucky to have the ball ricochet off his knee into the path of Bakayoko for Chelsea’s fourth goal in the 71st minute.
Henrique – five/10
Henrique was possibly Qarabag’s best player. He turned into clattered by Cahill early on in the game in the 16th minute but shook it off and continued at the pitch. He hit the wall from a free-kick in the 29th minute and forced Courtois into a save with a shot from outside the box in the 37th minute. He was then substituted within the 77th minute.
Ndlovu – 3/10
Ndlovu was left remoted up front and couldn’t do much to help his aspect in assault. He had a shot blocked by way of Zappacosta inside the 13th minute and forced Courtois into a save in the 51st minute. He got a good danger within the 89th minute to score but shot over the bar.
Medetov – 1/10
Medetov came on for Sadiqov in the 70th minute but was a bystander for the goals.
Diniyev – NA
Diniyev came on for Qarayev but couldn’t spark up the midfield at all.
Elyounoussi – NA
Elyounoussi came on for Henrique but did nothing noteworthy.