Chelsea’s winless run extended to three games in all competitions, as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Italian side AS Roma, in their UEFA Champions League group encounter, on Wednesday, at the Stamford Bridge.
Coming into the game with back to back defeats in the Premier League against Manchester City and Crystal Palace, Antonio Conte’s men under some amount of pressure. But they were off to a great start, as David Luiz put his team in front as early as the 11th minute, with a beautiful strike before Eden Hazard, doubled the Blues’ advantage in the 37th minute.
However, Roma weren’t one to be bogged down as former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov halved Chelsea’s lead before half-time, before another former City player, Edin Dzeko, scored one of the goals of the season twenty minutes after the break to level things up. The Bosnian striker wasn’t done yet, as he put the Italians ahead with a headed effort six minutes later, only for Hazard to score his second of the night in the 75th minute and ensure Chelsea came away with a point.
In what was a thrilling encounter, here we rate and slate the performances of the Blues’ stars;
Chelsea Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois – 6/10
Pulled off a great save to deny Radja Nainggolan along with some more decent stops, but there was not much he could do prevent the other three goals.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 5/10
Another disappointing performance from Chelsea’s most reliable figure in the backline. Was beaten for Roma’s opener and never looked solid enough.
Andreas Christensen – 6/10
Unlucky to have deflected Kolarov’s strike into the net, but was given a tough test by Dzeko all night. Beaten for the all-important equalizer.
Gary Cahill – 6/10
Battled hard and limited Gerson’s influence, but tended to invite pressure on his team with his poor use of the ball more often than not.
Davide Zappacosta – 6/10
A mixed outing for the Italian. Showed some positive moments going down the right-flank and hitting some decent crosses, but looked suspect defensively on occasions.
Cesc Fabregas – 5/10
Struggled to influence the proceedings in any way for the Blues going forward, while was a mere passenger when Roma attacked.
David Luiz – 7.5/10
Shone in the midfield role. The Brazilian got forward and opened the scoring with a brilliantly whipped effort and put in a strong display in an overall sense.
Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6/10
Worked hard and showed fight to win the ball back, but more is expected of him, especially in the absence of N’Golo Kante.
Marcos Alonso – 6.5/10
Was assured and steady on the defensive side of his game, but did not offer the same threat and outlet he offers going forward.
Eden Hazard – 8.5/10
Was a constant threat on the counter with his pace and movement. Took both his goals brilliantly in another enticing display.
Alvaro Morata – 7/10
Worked really well with Hazard at the top and played a role in the second goal for Chelsea. Might not have scored, but was effective.
Pedro – 7/10
Replaced Luiz in the 56th minute and was a positive influence. Laid on the cross for Hazard’s equalizer.
Antonio Rudiger – 6/10
On for Zappacosta in the 77th minute. Assured at the back against his former side.
Willian – NA
Came on to replace Hazard for the final ten minutes.