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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Liverpool – Blues blow title race wide open at Anfield

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Chelsea recorded a stunning 2-0 win over Liverpool this afternoon, with goals from Demba Ba and substitutes Willian dealing a damaging blow to the Merseysiders’ title aspirations, while simultaneously keeping the Blues in with a fighting chance of an unlikely cup double.

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Blues boss Jose Mourinho made good of his promise to rest key men for Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, and the manner of how the largely second-string Chelsea absorbed the usually sensational Liverpool attack will be worrying for Brendan Rodgers, who watched in vain as his team slipped to a rather humiliating home defeat, with just so much at stake.

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Chelsea were tactically superior, and went out to play the game as if it were chess. Liverpool, who seemed to have all the subtleties of a street fighter, couldn’t break down Chelsea’s almost trademarked defensive line, with stand-in keeper Mark Schwarzer particularly impressive, keeping Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at bay multiple times.

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It was the aforementioned Gerrard’s slip that allowed Ba to stride forward unchallenged to open the scoring for Chelsea just before half time, and with Liverpool committing more and more men forward in search of an equaliser, Fernando Torres and Willian broke with ease, the Brazilian practically walking the ball into an unguarded net as Chelsea left with all three points, handing the title initiative right back to Manchester City.

Here are the Chelsea player ratings for the 2-0 win over Liverpool:

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Mark Schwarzer – 8/10

Another strong performance from the 41-year-old Australian, who also looked a safe pair of hands in the Spanish capital last week. Made crucial saves to deny Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7/10

Worked his socks off (as usual), but was very composed at the back, especially when under pressure.

Branislav Ivanovic – 7/10

Chelsea’s man of concrete lived up to his name in this rare outing at centre-back. Dominant throughout.

Tomas Kallas – 7/10

The 20-year-old Czech defender, in what was his full-debut for the Blues, played well, especially considering the might of the Liverpool front-line. Never looked in real difficulty, and would have been annoyed he didn’t cap the occasion with a goal from a first half corner.

Ashley Cole – 6/10

The England defender was another who was exceptional against Atletico midweek, but he was rather shaky this afternoon. Still played with heart, and may just be rusty form the many months spent on the sidelines.

Jon Obi Mikel – 7/10

Great use of space, intelligent passing, and decent defending from set-pieces; Mikel was again excellent in the heart of the Chelsea midfield.

Nemanja Matic – 7/10

Did well alongside his midfield partners to hassle and harry their Liverpool counterparts, and was a physical presence in the middle of the park.

Frank Lampard – 6/10

Age has certainly taken its toll on ‘Super’ Frank Lampard, but he was still a cool head in the middle, and was possessing of a much wider passing range.

Mohammed Salah – 5/10

Couldn’t get the better of Jon Flanagan on the right side, and you feel he is very much a player looking to run into space, rather than operate in tight, enclosed scenarios. Would perhaps benefit from a Premier League loan move next season?

Came off for second goalscorer Willian just after the hour mark

Andre Schurrle – 7/10

Although largely starved of possession on the left-wing, the German attacker still made his presence felt, feeding off the scraps and causing no end of bother.

Came off for Gary Cahill near the end of the game.

Demba Ba – 7/10

Although he bagged another crucial goal, Ba did himself no favours with some of his poor linkup play, but overall, the Senegalese was a real handful for the Liverpool centre-backs.

Came off late for Fernando Torres.

What do you think? Agree with the ratings? Let me know in the comments below…

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Comments (17)

  1. Salah deserves 6 coz he played much in the first 45 mins, otherwise Kalas had a very good debut. I liked it

  2. Mourinho is really a special one en a big game manager.

  3. I was right, wasn’t I, when I said Chelsea would beat Liverpool at Anfield, to prove who is really the master. The way they outfoxed Liverpool, the Blues would have no trouble beating Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night to make this season’s Champions League final.

  4. all hope is not yet gone

  5. Lolzzzz! We made it all beating liverpool at anfield was utterly phenomenal. Mou is really a good coach, my mikel was also good though. Up chelsea!!!

  6. Am very happy wit chelsea performance today this is a boost 4 chelsea

  7. We played a spectacular match for mou was the bomb! We deserve another winning at stamford bridge on Wednesday. Up chelsea.!!!

  8. Mourinho is realy a gr8 gr8 manager,kudos 2 all my players and especialy mark swartzer d goal keeper,up blues

  9. Thank God for the game today.He really proved himself.i pray He gives us sweet victory on wednesday against athletico

  10. Player ratings about right. I would probably give them all a 7 as they all did the business for JM who gets an 8.

  11. There is nothing speacial about chelsea today. It is a shame they play irrittating OLD SCHOOL football. Learn how to play mature game COWARD

    • What makes football is all about goals Ray! Chelsea plays with minds of opponents leaving them vulnerably. No matter how strong you are, chelsea will always beat you at some point. Accept and move on! RESPECT AND FAIRPLAY SHOULD ALWAYS RULES.

  12. Everybody no matter which team you support, You have to respect CHELSEAAAAA!!!!

  13. Well Done Chelsea – brilliant play against Liverpool, loved the way u guys shut down the likes of Suarez and friends, I feel for Gerrard but glad Chelsea played well and didn’t hand ball the trophy straight to Liverpool at least now everyones gotta really earn the title – but whatever happens – it’s great knowing that Chelsea beat both Liverpool and City both times-. Go the Blues – All the best for the Champions League and rest of the EPL – and my hat comes off for our Aussie Goal Keeper – awesome game

  14. Pity that the Chel/Sunderland game, the referee played the result.

  15. Good analysis of the game. I’m happy mikel and ba has proved mourinho wrong at this crucial stage of the season with the few opportunities he has given them. Chelsea for life

  16. Chelsea played well, beating Liverpool is a sign that atletico is out. Am not suprised chelsea bagging champions league. Go go chelseaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!