Chelsea got their Champions League campaign underway with a slow paced, 0-0 draw with Spanish club Sevilla. Both clubs had some chances to score, but neither club really looked like dominating the clash.
In somewhat of a relief for Chelsea, the group’s other match over in France between Rennes and Krasnodar also ended in a draw.
Edouard Mendy – 7
First Champions League start, first Champions League clean sheet. Although, he didn’t have much to do aside from be an outlet for defenders and claim the occasional cross. The highlight of Mendy’s evening was a top class paw away from goal after being wrong footed by a deflection.
Perhaps the defence was working well together, or they are genuinely more confident with Mendy behind them, rather than Kepa or Cabellero.
Reece James – 7
Sevilla targeted the right side of defence early on, looking to exploit the young defender. Mercifully, James was up to the task of dealing with Sevilla’s pace out wide. His crossing and passing was weak at times, but he kept Lucas Ocampos and Suso quiet, which was his main job.
Thiago Silva – 6
Thiago Silva returned to the centre of defence in place of Andreas Christensen, after missing the weekend’s match. Not too much can be said about his performance. He played his role in the clean sheet, screened well, and didn’t have to make too many tackles.
Kurt Zouma – 6
With Sevilla attacking the wide areas, Zouma’s match was much the same as Silva. Held his position and didn’t concede chances. He did have the better of Nemanja Gudelj on attacking set pieces, out jumping him twice. But unfortunately he couldn’t direct his header past Bono.
Ben Chilwell – 6
As usual, Chilwell looked the more attacking of the two full backs. He got more involved as the match went on, but nothing up front came off. His corner delivery was consistent throughout the second half, finding Zouma’s head twice.
N’Golo Kanté – 5
Kanté’s passing was much safer and much improved from the weekend’s match. He’s not about to be playing defence splitting through balls, but he wasn’t giving the ball away poorly. Defensively, he was as good as you’d expect him to be.
Jorginho (c) – 5
With Azpilicueta out, the captain’s armband was back with Jorginho. His match, like the rest of the midfield was pretty unremarkable. He was given an early yellow for a professional foul on Ocampos and had to be careful from then on.
Mason Mount – 5
Mount looked lost at times out wide, continuing to cut in and make space for Chilwell to overlap. Though this did crowd the middle, with Havertz and Pulisic already there. Whether by instruction or instinct, Mount on the left isn’t working. He actually wasn’t too bad defensively, winning the ball back higher up the field.
Kai Havertz – 5
After his best Premier League performance yet against Southampton, Havertz struggled to have a big impact on this match. It’s not that he played badly, just that he didn’t play well. Dropped deep a bit more often, which is a side to his game that we don’t often see.
Christian Pulisic – 4
Like Havertz and Mount, just crowded out by a good defence and stopped from doing anything of note up front. Struggled to get players in behind like he would normally.
Timo Werner – 4
Usually quick to nip in behind defences, Werner was kept quiet by the Sevilla deep defensive line. When the ball was played into his feet, he was easily crowded out in the box by the pinching defenders.
Played the final half hour in place of Mount. Had one good chance to cross it in, but went to the far post where no one was waiting.
Brought on for Jorginho at 65’. Defensive role was good, dropped deep to help the defenders pass the ball out of pressure situations.
On in stoppage time for Werner.
On in stoppage time for Pulisic.