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Chelsea 1-1 Stoke City: Player Ratings

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Traore scored in the 39th minute for Chelsea
Abishaijohn
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Modified 06 Mar 2016
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Chelsea and Stoke played out an entertaining draw at Stamford Bridge which saw Bertrand Traore put The Blues ahead late in the first half only for Mame Biram Diouf to pull one back for The Potters late on.

Here are the player ratings for the game – 

Chelsea 

Thibaut Courtois – 6/10

The Belgian shot stopper had a reasonably quiet outing where he wasn’t tested for vast periods in the game.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10

Chelsea’s most consistent defender this season was deployed in his original role of right back against the Potters and provided yet another standout performance at the back for The Blues with some fantastic tracking back coupled with great support while pushing ahead.

Branislav Ivanovic – 6.5/10

The big Serb has thrived in this central defensive role after spending months looking out of touch on the wings and had another good performance at the back albeit with a few nervy moments.

Gary Cahill – 7/10

The England centre-back would have been relishing this opportunity to get more game time ahead of the Euros this year and provided a fantastic performance that would only further his prospects in the eyes of England manager Roy Hodgson.

Baba Rahman – 5.5/10

The Ghanaian had a woeful outing last weekend against Southampton and was dropped to the bench for the game against Norwich. He provided an improved showing against Stoke however his defensive skills still remain his weakest asset.

Nemanja Matic – 6.5/10

The Serbian holding midfielder has been a shadow of himself this season and has lost his place in the team to John Obi Mikel so it was clear that he had a point to prove this game against the Potters and did a good job in the centre of the pitch for The Blues with some good tackles and through balls.

John Obi Mikel – 6/10

The Nigerian has enjoyed a renaissance under Guus Hiddink with good, settled performances being rewarded with regular game time. His performance in the game however wasn’t his best as he didn’t get to see as much of the ball as he would have liked however he was composed whenever he did get the ball.

Willian – 7/10

Chelsea’s standout player this season by a mile once again showcased how valuable he is to this Chelsea team with the Brazilian dancing through the Stoke defence on numerous occasions and always remaining a threat while pushing ahead.

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Willian impressed yet again

Oscar – 6.5/10

The attacking midfielder had a good game with some fine passes in the final third along with some good link up play with Hazard and Willian.

Eden Hazard – 6.5/10

The Belgian has looked thoroughly out of sorts for the majority of this season but recent performances coupled with an injury to Pedro have allowed the Belgian some much-needed game time. He, however provided a much-improved performance with some fine runs while pushing ahead and looks to be getting back to his best.

Bertrand Traore – 7.5/10

The young man from Burkina Faso was given a start in his preferred central striker position and made the most of it with a brilliantly taken goal late in the first half. He’s certainly one of Chelsea’s brightest prospects. 

Substitutes – 

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6/10

Had some good runs on the ball and did a decent job of tracking back. Will certainly amount to greater things if provided more valuable game time.

Loic Remy – 5/10

Largely ineffectual, however that can be down to Chelsea shutting up shop by the time he came on which limited his opportunities.

Cesc Fabregas – N/A

Came on for Matic in the 82nd minute.

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Published 06 Mar 2016
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