Player Ratings: PSG 2-1 Chelsea

By on February 16, 2016 - 706 views

Chelsea were unfortunate losers in the first leg of their second round UEFA Champions League tie in the French capital this evening.

A deflected free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimović and a well-timed run and finish from Edinson Cavani proved the difference, either side of a John Obi Mikel equaliser.

The Premier League side weren’t greatly tested on many occasions despite missing first-teamers John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Nemanja Matić in the middle.

Despite a 24-point lead at the top of Ligue 1, being odds-on favourites going into the first leg and having a healthier squad, Paris Saint-Germain were no better than Chelsea on the night.

Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Chelsea:

Paris Saint-Germain

Kevin Trapp 7 – Made an outstanding save to deny Diego Costa midway through the first half.  Wasn’t given a chance with John Obi Mikel’s close-range finish in first-half stoppage time.  Saved well from Diego Costa at the start of the second half.

Marquinhos 5 – Was marking John Obi Mikel from the corner from which the Nigerian scored Chelsea’s equaliser.  Later let Oscar ghost in behind him from a long ball in the final quarter-of-an-hour.  Bombed forward.

Thiago Silva 6 – Despite not having many attacks Chelsea were able to carve out a couple of good opportunities versus the hosts.

David Luiz 6 – Diego Costa caused the former-Chelsea centre-back some real problems.  David Luiz got caught under the ball to allow the Spaniard the first real opportunity of the game after 20 minutes.

Maxwell 8 – Offered excellent overlapping runs down the left in the second half but couldn’t connect with any of his crosses.  Not greatly threatened defensively.

Thiago Motta 7 – Saw a lot of the ball and didn’t give it away often as he had a fair bit of time on the ball in front of the back four.

Marco Verratti 9 – Saw a lot of the ball, created chances and was a key player in Paris Saint-Germain dominating the possession and territory.

Blaise Matuidi 8 – Offered good energy in the midfield both in attack and defence.  Was a growing impact in the second half before his side finally retook the lead.

Ángel Di María 8 – Was a threat on a few occasions but a bit of disappointing performance overall from the Argentine who has been hot domestically.  Forced two decent saves out of Thibaut Courtois from outside the penalty area.  Set up the winner with a lovely chipped ball.

Zlatan Ibrahimović 8 – Fortunate with the opening goal as it took a massive deflection off John Obi Mikel.  Missed a decent headed chance prior to that.  Zlatan Ibrahimović was very good at holding the ball up and bringing teammates into play in the final third.

Lucas Moura 8 – Took the game to Chelsea, enjoyed running at the Premier League side’s defence and had a couple of dangerous long-range efforts.

Substitutes

Edinson Cavani (17 mins) n/a – Scored the winner with a well-timed run and finish after Paris Saint-Germain hadn’t caused Chelsea too many problems up to that point.

Javier Pastore (10 mins) n/a – Late substitute to give Blaise Matuidi a breather but didn’t have much time to make any impact/

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois 9 – Beaten by an unfortunate deflection on Zlatan Ibrahimović’s opener.  Made a number of saves as well as being alert to cut out a Maxwell run.

César Azpilicueta 7 – Excellent last man challenge to deny Lucas Moura a one-on-one in the first half.  The Brazilian did give the right-back a tough test but ultimately César Azpilicueta prevailed as he wasn’t among the goals nor a real test to Thibaut Courtois.

Gary Cahill 7 – Zlatan Ibrahimović saw two good chances in open play but otherwise the Chelsea defence did well in keeping the hosts at bay.

Branislav Ivanović 8 – A valiant effort defensively but ultimately beaten by a lovely assist from Ángel Di María and a well-timed run from Edinson Cavani.  Looked a lot more comfortable at centre-back this evening than he has a right-back this evening.

Baba Rahman 7 – Ángel Di María didn’t have the beating of Chelsea’s left-back when out on the right.  The Ghanaian offered some support in the Premier League side’s rare attacks too.  Created a great chance for Diego Costa in the first half.

John Obi Mikel 8 – Generally offered good protection to his back four, unfortunate with the deflection for PSG’s opener and scored what could be a vital away goal.

Cesc Fàbregas 6 – Poor defensively early on in letting a couple of Paris Saint-Germain players dribble past him without too much effort.  Improved afterwards but didn’t get many opportunities at all to show his playmaking abilities inside the opposition half.

Pedro 5 – Had a couple of promising moments in attack but slack defensively allowing Maxwell to find plenty of space down the left in attack.

Willian 9 – Helped out very well defensively as well as trying to spring counter-attacks.  Energetic in bombing forward to offer support but wasn’t always picked out when open.

Eden Hazard 5 – Quiet game before being replaced by Oscar.  Not the best defensively and had very few opportunities to attack.

Diego Costa 7 – Was a real threat to the Paris Saint-Germain defence.  Denied twice in the opening 50 minutes by two excellent saves but a good display from the Chelsea striker.

Substitutes

Oscar (20 mins) n/a – Barely got on the ball after replacing Eden Hazard.

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James Crawford

Promoted to editor in 2016, James has met famous footballing faces from Robbie Savage to John Barnes. Very passionate football fan and writer and has a degree in journalism,

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