Chelsea and Aston Villa player ratings: Ben Chilwell, Olivier Giroud impress; Kante and Aston Villa’s Matty Cash Class as Jorginho struggles.
Frank Lampard’s team finish 2020 with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
BraggsSports gives her verdict on how they each player of both teams performed.
Chelsea player ratings vs Aston Villa
Edouard Mendy 5.5
Though the Senegalese couldn’t have done more about the equaliser, Some question marks in recent weeks over his distribution, which doesn’t look as assured as when he first arrived. Poor handling almost handed Matty Cash a first-half chance.
Cesar Azpilicueta 6.5
Given a tough time by Jack Grealish and struggled to contain him. Provided decent penetration high up the pitch.
Andreas Christensen 6
Didn’t look entirely happy with the ball at his feet as Villa looked to close him down. Was caught out in the build-up to Aston Villa’s equalizer.
Antonio Rudiger 6.5
Tested by Aston Villa’s crosses and set-pieces, but generally held up well with some important headers.
Ben Chilwell 8
He was like the Chelsea Andrew Robertson. Really positive performance, constantly pressing forward. His cross led to Giroud’s opener and a number of other missed chances for Chelsea.
N’Golo Kante 7
Shifted to a No 8 role and brought high energy, as is expected, but not enough in the way of creativity. Some important interceptions when switching back to a holding role. Seems to have double reflexes in tackling.
Too passive with the ball, not quick enough to stop danger without it and his inclusion meant Kante was less effective.
Mason Mount 8
The Blues’ ever-present man, Mount was sharp in his movements in the first half, almost giving his side the lead. He went further deep in the second half, but couldn’t influence the game as he would’ve liked.
Callum Hudson-Odoi 7
This feels like a chance for him to force his way into Lampard’s plans. Linked up well with Pulisic and Giroud as part of a lively front three.
Olivier Giroud 7
He just loves playing against Aston Villa. That’s 10 goals in 10 games against them. The Frenchman keeps delivering when called on, after bagging yet another goal, expertly dispatching Chilwell’s cross. His hold-up play was good, and he helped stretch the opposition by getting the wide men involved.
Christian Pulisic 7
Really bright going forward. Should have done better with two first-half chances, but full of dangerous intent.
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Aston Villa player ratings vs Chelsea
Emiliano Martinez 7
Claimed some early balls into the box and looked to kick quickly low from out of his hands to release Watkins as Villa looked to counter. Didn’t see Giroud’s stooping header coming when the Frenchman opened the scoring with an arrowed effort into the bottom corner. Saved well from Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic in the second half and was immaculate with his hands and on the deck.
Matty Cash 8
Took a blow to the head in the first half after Pulisic caught him when attempting an overhead kick. Picked out El Ghazi at the back post to bring Villa back level.
Ezri Konsa 6.5
Was a bystander as Giroud headed Chelsea into the lead but recovered in an assured display.
Kortney Hause 7
Did well after coming in for the suspended Tyrone Mings and grew into the game.
Matt Targett 6
Did well to keep Hudson-Odoi at bay and used his experience when in possession near his own goal.
John McGinn 8
Was combative in midfield and showed plenty of fight for his team. Hit the bar with a thunderous effort on his left foot from 30 yards. He was box-to-box throughout the game. Pure class of an Engine.
Douglas Luiz 6.5
Struggled to make an impact in the midfield and was restricted to very little time on the ball. Neat and tidy when he did have it, though.
Jack Grealish 7
Was lively in the opening stages and was denied by Mendy early on. Instrumental in driving his team forward and won a number of fouls high up the pitch. Well tight down later on by Azpilicueta.
Bertrand Traore 6
Couldn’t handle Ben Chilwell at all. The England left-back really fancied his chances to get forward and did so at will, crossing into the box relentlessly which was the source of Chelsea’s first goal. Traore was weak defensively and left Cash fighting a two-man battle on his own knowing he already had Pulisic to content with.
Anwar El Ghazi (LW) 7
A well worked corner routine nearly saw El Ghazi gives his side after the lead after being picked out on the edge of the box by Grealish. Dragged his side level with his fifth goal in five games before being replaced with ten minutes to go.
Ollie Watkins (ST) 6
Blazed an ambitious effort over the bar in the first half and often struggled to make an impact.