Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-3 Man City
Manchester City have moved up to third ahead of Arsenal’s game versus Crystal Palace tomorrow courtesy of a comfortable win at Stamford Bridge this evening.
Sergio Agüero scored in either half as the visitors caused real problems to Chelsea’s defence on the counter-attack. The first from 20 yards took a big deflection before a sweet finish for his second. The Argentine completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Thibaut Courtois was sent off for bringing down Fernandinho.
The Blues looked very lethargic throughout the game barring a five-minute spell at the start of the second half.
Former Blue Kevin De Bruyne played a pivotal role in the game, being a nuisance to the Chelsea defence for large parts of the game.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Chelsea 0-3 Manchester City:
Thibaut Courtois 7 – Made two excellent saves at 0-0 to deny Kevin De Bruyne and Samir Nasri one-on-one before Sergio Agüero’s deflected effort beat the Belgian number one. Thibaut Courtois didn’t have much chance with the Argentine’s second but did deny Nasri once again, from close range in the second half. Had been having an excellent game until his defence allowed Fernandinho a one-on-one which resulted in his dismissal.
César Azpilicueta 5 – Samir Nasri caused the Chelsea right-back a lot of problems, including registering an assist. But for his poor finish he could have been on the scoresheet too.
Gary Cahill 5 – Excellent challenge to deny Sergio Agüero one-on-one in the final minutes of the first half. However, the Chelsea defence were caught open time and time again, relying on Thibaut Courtois to keep the score down to 0-3.
Branislav Ivanović 4 – Kevin De Bruyne, Samir Nasri and Fernandinho saw one-on-one’s as the Chelsea defence was torn apart today.
Baba Rahman 6 – Didn’t have the worst of games versus Jesús Navas who didn’t threaten the Chelsea goal. Got forward on occasion too.
John Obi Mikel 4 – Kevin De Bruyne owned the Chelsea defensive partnership, picking up pockets of space between them and the back four in causing Guus Hiddink’s side a number of headaches. The two holding midfielders were shredded and failed to prevent City creating a number of chances down the middle.
Cesc Fàbregas 4 – Couldn’t deal with De Bruyne and co and didn’t create anything going forward either.
Willian 4 – Very lazy game from the Brazilian down the right wing who barely broke a sweat in trying to defend. Replaced for the final 20 minutes.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek 5 – One of Chelsea’s few creative players in what was a poor performance from last season’s champions. Couldn’t get a clean contact with an effort inside the six-yard box at the start of the second half and then blazed over a chance from 20 yards moments later.
Pedro 6 – Created a couple of chances down the left and was one of only two Chelsea players to force a save out of Joe Hart today.
Diego Costa 5 – No support for the sole striker who couldn’t make an impact on the game. Chelsea fans will be relieved he didn’t get himself involved in anything controversial or sent off as he has been prone to do in frustrating games.
Kenedy (21 mins) n/a – The young Brazilian barely got a touch of the ball despite being on the pitch for more than 20 minutes.
Bertrand Traoré (21 mins) n/a – Produced one of the two shots on target for Chelsea today.
Asmir Begović (11 mins) n/a – Dived the wrong way for Sergio Agüero’s penalty and didn’t have another save to make following Thibaut Courtois’ sending off.
Joe Hart 7 – Fairly comfortable game for the England number one who enjoyed his first Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.
Pablo Zabaleta 6 – Chelsea were able to create a couple of opportunities down Pablo Zabaleta’s side. The right-back was fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card midway through the second half for tripping up Pedro down the left wing. Was promptly substituted.
Nicolás Otamendi 9 – Recovered from his own error to make a goalline clearance inside the opening five minutes. After that Nicolás Otamendi was a rock in preventing Chelsea from really testing Joe Hart at all.
Eliaquim Mangala 8 – A solid game from the French defender who has now been part of a defence that has kept clean sheets against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in the space of a week, without Vincent Kompany.
Aleksandar Kolarov 7 – Had a comfortable afternoon against Willian who didn’t look up for the game. The Chelsea winger’s replacement, Bertrand Traoré, drifted in field more often in the final 20 minutes rather than giving Aleksandar Kolarov a test out wide.
Fernandinho 8 – Solid game from the Brazilian who saw a lot of the ball and even won the penalty from which City scored their third.
Yaya Touré 8 – Saw a lot of the ball as he helped Manchester City control the game in the middle of the park. Was hanging out with the attackers after Manchester City scored their second, seemingly eager to get among the scoresheet himself. From that point Yaya Touré was a bit lazy in getting back and defending.
Jesús Navas 6 – Relatively quiet game down the right wing in which he didn’t look like scoring unlike the rest of his attacking teammates.
Kevin De Bruyne 9 – Excellent at finding space between Chelsea’s defence in midfield. Did miss a one-on-one at 0-0 but otherwise he was unplayable at times. Hurt his former-side on the counter-attack too which included starting the move that lead to City’s second goal.
Samir Nasri 8 – Poor effort with a one-on-one with the first half but a nicely-weighted ball to setup Agüero for his second goal.
Sergio Agüero 10 – Worked hard up front, made some nice runs, help of a deflection for the first goal but nothing Thibaut Curtois could do about Sergio Agüero’s second. Later joined Kanu and Robin van Persie as visiting players to score a Premier League hat-trick at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a penalty.
Bacary Sagna (24 mins) n/a – Precautionary substitution to make sure Pablo Zabaleta didn’t get sent off but the game was over before the replacement right-back game on.
Fabian Delph (16 mins) n/a – Allowed the energetic Samir Nasri a late rest.
Kelechi Iheanacho (6 mins) n/a – A late run out for the young striker who allowed both sets of supporters to give Sergio Agüero a standing ovation.