Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield: Player rating

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Chelsea got off to a routine start to their FA Cup campaign on Saturday night, avoiding a giant death in a day full of shocks with a comfortable 5-1 victory over non-league Chesterfield.

Goals from Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christensen and Hakim Ziyech gave Thomas Tuchel’s team the perfect start to a great week as they face Tottenham in the second match of the Carabao Cup semi-final and Manchester. City and Premier League.

The hosts started very quickly with the same enthusiasm they showed when they beat Spurs in the middle of the week, and put in the premiere within the first five minutes after a strong breakaway. Mateo Kovacic made a sensational run down the field before releasing the ball to Ziyech, whose second effort in the Chesterfield area fell to a grateful Werner to strike from two yards out.

The guests responded well and were visible up to the moment, although Chelsea demonstrated their Premier League class with a quick double to practically seal the result within 20 minutes.

Hudson-Odoi picked up the ball on the left wing before taking advantage of the time and space he had to double his side’s lead, floating inside and bending a delicious shot into Scott Loach’s lower corner from a distance. Lukaku then gave the Blues a 3-0 lead just a minute later, turning in Lewis Hall’s cut on acres of space just six yards from goal.

Tuchel’s men waited another 18 minutes before making it 4-0, when Christensen chose his place with a bold and nonchalantly lobbying nod in the lower corner after Hall saw his long-distance effort parried by Loach.

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– Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 8, 2022

The Spireites’ carelessness increased once again within ten minutes after the restart, when Calvin Miller clumsily felled Christian Pulisic in the penalty area. Ziyech stepped up and hit the ball home to give his team a five-goal lead.

Chelsea may have celebrated a sixth goal 15 minutes after time, although substitute Kai Havertz lost back when Werner deviated offside before hitting his compatriot.

While the European champions were clearly content with what they had earned, Chesterfield looked more threatening in the later stages of the game and really gave the traveling contingent something to enjoy with ten minutes left.

Kabongo Tshimanga caused problems for Chelsea before he saw his effort well saved by Marcus Bettinelli, just so that the return could be knocked into an empty goal by a buzzing Akwasi Asante.

That consolation strike sent the visiting supporters home happy and barely destroyed what was otherwise a very commanding and professional performance by Chelsea. The 5-1 victory places Tuchel’s team in the next round, while giving them a boost on their way into a crucial week.

Lewis Hall shone for Chelsea / Craig Mercer / MB Media / GettyImages

Marcus Bettinelli (GK) – 6/10 – Unlucky to let in his Chelsea debut.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – 8/10 – Calm presence at the back and did well to stay cool as he hit his nod over Loach for his team’s fourth.

Malang Sarr (CB) – 7/10 – Did not have much to do but did everything right, covered properly and positioned himself well to handle long balls all the time.

Lewis Hall (CB) – 8/10 – Showed great calm and class against (sometimes) tricky opposition in an unfamiliar position, stood steadily defensively and built up the game brilliantly – above all ran forward to assist Lukaku’s blow.

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– Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 8, 2022

Hakim Ziyech (RWB) – 8/10 – A real threat when arriving in the final third, twisting and turning to provide a continuous threat to Chesterfield’s back line. Eventually got a well-deserved goal via the penalty spot.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 8/10 – Absolutely dominant in the middle of the field, shows fantastic dynamics and traction throughout – symbolized by his early driving through the opponents’ lines to create the chance for the opener. May rest in the second half.

Saul Niguez (CM) – 7/10 – Wandered around the midfield with great authority, distributed possession progressively and broke up the game persistently.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (LWB) – 8/10 – Tricky and fast-paced on the left wing, who proved to be unmanageable for his non-league opposition. Beautiful finish to 2-0, deservedly went off the field to standing ovations.

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– Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 8, 2022

Christian Pulisic (RW) – 7/10 – Floated around quite freely and livened up in the second half, winning the penalty that made 5-0.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) – 7/10 – Good physique and movement in the last third, hold up the ball and link things together and deservedly grab the team’s third. But should probably have done many more before he came off at half time.

Timo Werner (LW) – 7/10 – In the right place at the right time to break the deadlock, even though it really should have been a much more threatening presence throughout the cup match.

Kai Havertz (ST) – 6/10 – Simply glide effortlessly on the lawn, showing the big difference in quality between the two sides.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – 7/10 – Fighting in the heart of the side, while carrying the ball forward in a typically dynamic, elegant and creative way.

Lewis Baker (CB) – 6/10 – Remember him? Still a Chelsea player and finally got his second Blues appearance eight years after his first. Looked calm, though it probably could have done better to prevent comfort.

Harvey Vale (RW) – 6/10 – Could not use his 30-minute cameo to really show the undeniable quality and potential he possesses.

Ross Barkley (CM) – 6/10 – Almost found the top corner of the range just seconds after being introduced, although it didn’t really do much afterwards.

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