Chelsea Player Ratings vs Man City: Lewis Hall stands out as a crushing stat underscores Kai Havertz’s poor performance
The Blues were defeated by a Pep Guardiola side who made nine changes having already secured the Premier League crown after Arsenal’s away defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday night.
The champions were a worthy winner against a poor performance from the west Londoners, who appear to want an end to the season.
Cesar Azpilicueta missed a late chance to equalize and Conor Gallagher hit the post late in the first half but Frank Lampard’s side just didn’t do enough to take a point.
Nizaar Kinsella was at the Etihad Stadium to dish out his Chelsea Player Ratings…
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5
Kepa provided a good distribution and was not at fault for Alvarez’s goal. Finished the game with just two saves as City’s shots were unpredictable.
Trevoh Chalobah – 5
He blocked a Phil Foden shot off the line but struggled to organize the three-point defence. Headed past a late try.
Thiago Silva – 5
He wasn’t at his best in a shaky defense that struggled for the first 20 minutes.
The ball was passed straight to Cole Palmer, who scored Alvarez’s opener as part of a dubious performance.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 4
Beaten time and time again by the tricks and pace of young Palmer, who started on his right in the premier league. Almost equalizing with the last shot of the game.
Produced a wonderful high pitched ball for Raheem Sterling on the first chance of the first half. He had decent possession, if a little confident.
Ruben Loftus Cheek – 4
The midfielder, who appeared to be moving to AC Milan, barely got a touch in the first half and let the game pass him by.
Conor Gallagher – 5th
Late in the first half, he headed Lewis Hall’s cross against the post, and Ortega was beaten. Well fought but lacked the end product.
Against Riyad Mahrez he probably faced the most difficult task on the pitch, but he was able to assert himself well in defence. He produced an increasingly typical Gallagher cross and his powerful low shot required a good save from Stefan Ortega early in the second half.
Raheem Sterling – 5
The former Man City forward suffered the humiliation of performing an honor guard for his old team-mates and missed his scoring chances. He tried to pass an opening to Kai Havertz instead of shooting and saw Ortega save another try.
Kai Havertz – 4th
Sterling played a nice through ball but played below his level and committed more fouls in the first half when he touched in the opposition’s penalty area.
Mykhailo Mudryk – 5
Didn’t offer much in his cameo on the pitch, firing high and wide and creating a late chance.
Noni Madueke – 6th
Looked sharp in his 22 minutes on the pitch, delivering a good cross after a quick counterattack.
Carney Chukwuemeka – 6
He earned himself a chance in a brief 10-minute cameo, but it wasn’t enough to justify his retirement from the U20 World Cup with England.
Christian Pulisic – N/A
Unused Subs: Wady, Mendy, Ziyech, Koulibaly, DD Fofana.
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