Average Giroud, disappointing Loftus-Cheek – The best and the worst-rated Chelsea stars in 1-0 win over BATE Borisov

Chelsea player ratings vs BATE Borisov: Here’s how the Blues fared

Olivier Giroud scored his first goal of the season as Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners against BATE Borisov in the Europa League. With the victory, Chelsea are through to the next round of the competition.

Maurizio Sarri left several first-team regulars but included Jorginho and Eden Hazard for the game. It was an uninspiring first half showing from Chelsea, against a BATE Borisov side showing far more resolve than they had at Stamford Bridge.

Eventually, Giroud’s second-half header became the difference between both the sides as Sarri’s Chelsea preserved their record as the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues.

Chelsea Player Ratings

Kepa Arrizabalaga- 6/10

Kepa made a fantastic save early in the game from close range. Apart from that, he was rarely threatened, although BATE hit the woodwork twice.

Davide Zappacosta- 4/10

Saw a lot of the ball but his positioning was awful as BATE attackers caught him out of his area a number of times. The Italian not only struggled defensively but also was poor going forward.

Gary Cahill- 5/10

Struggled to bring out from the back. His passing was not up to the mark and barring a couple of sloppy passes, he was solid.

Andreas Christensen- 5/10

Christensen’s passing also wasn’t crisp as it usually is. Alongside Cahill, he struggled and put Chelsea in trouble early on. Dealt with BATE’s threat, although.

Emerson- 6/10

Emerson put a decent ball into the box where Olivier Giroud was there to head it home in the second half. He had struggled to make a mark in the first half but improved markedly in the second.

Jorginho- 5/10

His passing was very poor according to his standards. Jorginho failed to impose himself in the first half and improved very little after the break.

Ross Barkley- 5/10

Slow and sluggish, Barkley’s decision-making was very poor. He kept things simple and hardly added any creativity to the play in the final third.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek- 4/10

A series of wrong decisions summed up his night. Loftus-Cheek’s positioning and passing were not great and was hauled off after an hour.

Eden Hazard- 6/10

A pretty ordinary night for Hazard, who started for the first time after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United. Got very little space to weave his magic and apart from some neat link-up play with his fellow teammates, he disappointed.

Pedro- 5/10

Worked tirelessly for 85 minutes but hardly made an impact with the ball. Lacked his usual zip and energy to drive past the BATE defenders.

Olivier Giroud- 6/10

Scored his first goal of the season with a neat header. Barring the goal, Giroud offered very little movement in the final third.

Substitutes

Willian- 5/10

Replaced Hazard and brought energy to Chelsea’s attack.

Read more: Chelsea cannot afford to lose this key 31-year-old star amidst Barcelona interest

Mateo Kovacic- 5/10

Added some solidity to the midfield.

Callum Hudson-Odoi- N/A

He had very little time to make an impact.

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