Chelsea 4-0 Juventus: Player ratings as Reece James shines again and Trevoh Chalobah has the perfect Champions League debut

A big Champions League night under the lights at Stamford Bridge couldn’t have gone any better, Chelsea hammered four past Juventus.

An early goal from Trevoh Chalobah got the ball rolling before second half goals from Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Timo Werner sealed the deal and secured the Blues’ progression to the Last 16.

Chelsea brushed aside Juventus on a glorious night at Stamford Bridge and the high player ratings reflect a brilliant performance.

Edouard Mendy – 6.5

It was a relatively quiet night for Chelsea’s goalkeeper as Juventus rarely threatened thanks to the dominance from the Blues’ outfield players. In the first half Alvaro Morata beat him to the ball and Thiago Silva spared his blushes before he stayed alert to tip over a fierce effort from Weston McKennie.

Trevoh Chalobah – 9

Thomas Tuchel put his trust in him to start for the first time to start in the Champions League and he delivered. He got his third goal of the season with a powerful sweeping finish past the goalkeeper before excelling in his defensive and on the ball work.

Thiago Silva – 8.5

He is nicknamed a ‘Rolls Royce centre back’ on social media and it was another solid performance from him. The highlight was undoubtedly his quite frankly unbelievable goal line clearance after Morata had chipped Edouard Mendy. Away from that he was once again solid in all areas.

Antonio Rüdiger – 7.5

Not often does a game go by where the German isn’t a talking point but tonight was one of those rare occasions. He was outshone by his fellow centre backs though not in a bad way as he went about his job quietly and did a professional job down the left hand side.

Reece James – 9.5

The England international somehow manages to get better by the game at the moment. After going close with a similar effort, he drove one past Wojciech Szczesny from a tight angle for Chelsea’s second and then followed that up with a pinpoint crossfield ball to set up the fourth. Alongside this he was unstoppable in defence, and it wouldn’t be unfair to say it was a flawless performance.

Jorginho – 7.5

Once again it was another quiet but effective performance from the Italian. He made several crucial interventions defensively in the first half in particular whilst also showing off his passing with a dinked through ball to Callum Hudson-Odoi.

N’golo Kante – 7

Seeing the Frenchman hobble off is a sight Chelsea fans have become accustomed to in recent years and unfortunately that happened against Juventus. Away from that moment he was his usual bright self taking up position on the right wing a fair bit and looking to get forward at every opportunity, but his decision making was lacking at times. Also, he made a crucial block as Morata was loadingup a shot early on.

Ben Chilwell – 7.5

Seeing one player leave the field injured is tough but then seeing one of Chelsea’s best players this season barely able to walk as he left the field was very tough. It was another workmanlike performance from the wingback linking up very well with Hudson-Odoi and ensuring he did his job defensively at the same time.

Hakim Ziyech – 8

The Moroccan has had a troubled time of late but after an impressive cameo Saturday, he backed that up with a very good performance against the Old Lady. From the first whistle he was desperate to have an influence upon the game and was positive in everything he did. To cap it off he got his just reward with a perfect ball across goal for the fourth and final goal of the night.

Christian Pulisic – 6.5

This was the American’s first start for a few months, but he was unable to mark the occasion with a goal. For most of the first half he was an outside figure looking in but when involved he linked up well with those around him and grew into the game before being subbed off.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 8

The more and more he starts the more and more he impresses. Tonight, was another step on his journey as he enjoyed linking up with Ben Chilwell and made several driving runs forward at the Juventus defence. Just like with Hakim Ziyech, he got his reward with a composed finish after a great team move for Chelsea’s third.

Hudson-Odoi scored against Malmo and made it two in two Champions League nights with a goal against Juventus? Image courtesy of Getty Images
Hudson-Odoi scored against Malmo and made it two in two Champions League nights with a goal against Juventus? Image courtesy of Getty Images

Substitutes

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7.5

Because of the unfortunate injury to N’golo Kante, he got more minutes than he probably expected but it was another good display from him. A pass accuracy of 90.5% as he dictated the play much like his teammate Jorginho does and showcased his strength in dribbling out from defence.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

It was a quiet night for the Chelsea captain once he came off the bench for the final 20 minutes or so. He had little to do defensively but did play Mason Mount in down the side which was snuffed out by the Juventus defence.

Timo Werner – 7.5

Tonight, marked the German’s return from injury and he duly marked it with a goal. After a couple of sloppy errors initially he got himself in the right position to steer home Ziyech’s ball in the dying seconds.

Saul Niguez – 6

Just like his fellow Spaniard, Cesar Azpilicueta, he didn’t have much to do with the result being decided by the time he came on but saw the game out well with a 100% pass accuracy.

Mason Mount – 6

After starting at the weekend, the Englishman continued his return to full fitness with a late substitute appearance. He did some tidy defensive work alongside a 85.7% pass accuracy.

Written by Harrison Burridge (@indepthFandC)

Edited by Tom Coley (@tomcoley49)

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