EPL 2017/18: Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City - Player Ratings
- How every player fared as Chelsea hammered Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
Jack Butland - 7
Butland had a busy 90 minutes, making a number of saves. He could not be individually faulted for any of Chelsea's strikes.
Tom Edwards - 4
The teenage full-back was absolutely battered by the runs and movement of Pedro - who was allowed to play narrow thanks to Stoke's back-six formation. He was constantly out-run and out-thought by the Spaniard.
Geoff Cameron - 4
Being an experienced outfielder, Cameron failed to bring any defensive organization or communication to a young Stoke City back-line. The marking by Cameron for Rudiger's goal was poor, so was his decision not to clear the ball with Willian approaching, in the process tripping the Brazilian and conceding a penalty.
Kevin Wimmer - 6
Wimmer was forced into making a plethora of clearances and blocks from crosses as Chelsea's wave of attacks showed no signs of wading away. It was a difficult afternoon for the Austrian.
Josh Tymon - 4
Tymon is another young fullback who had a day to forget at Stamford Bridge. He was up against in-form Willian and was always going to end up second-best. He was rounded off too easily by Pedro for the third goal. A daft clearance to give Zappacosta the opportunity to score his first Premier League goal summed up the former Hull City defender's afternoon.
Darren Fletcher - 5
Fletcher had to cover up the yards in midfield as his side played six at the back in order to close Chelsea out. It was too mammoth a task for the ageing skipper
Charlie Adam - 7
Adam was, by far, the most effective of the Stoke players, creating two massive goal-scoring opportunities - one which was ruled out for handball while the other saved by Courtois. His passing range was appreciable.
Mame Biram Diouf - 5
Diouf provided a rare moment of quality for Stoke, taking down a Charlie Adam lofted pass before slotting skilfully past Thibaut Courtois - only to be controversially disallowed for handball. He was given the thankless task of following Marcos Alonso's runs and occasionally looked disinterested on the pitch.
Ibrahim Afellay - 6
Afellay was the busiest Potters' player when they had possession. He made numerous attempts to get the ball out of his feet to get Stoke moving forward, but he was always getting outnumbered in midfield.
Ramadan Sobhi - 5
Ramadan was resigned to tracking the runs of Victor Moses and Davide Zappacosta, as Stoke's full-backs played very narrow in order to close out the gaps in the defence. He struggled with an unfamiliar responsibility and hardly made an impact going forward.
Saido Berahino - 5.5
Berahino's long goal-drought continues, as he was more or less isolated upfront. He made forward runs but there was no service for Stoke's number nine. He forced Courtois into making a save after he was put through by Charlie Adam.
Julien Ngoy - 4
Ngoy looked massively unfit as he came on, being outpaced by Davide Zappacosta on the wing.
Eric Maxim Choupa-Moting - 5
The Cameroonian forward made no real impact since replacing Adam, making just a handful of passes.