Player Ratings: Chelsea vs. Peterborough United #CHEPET
FA Cup Third Round Proper
Stamford Bridge | January 28th, 2017
Chelsea marched on to the next round of the FA cup after beating Peterborough United 4-1 on Sunday. It was a straightforward win for the most part and excitingly we got to see a lot of yoof and back ups get valuable playing time. Especially pleasing was the return to action of Zouma who had been out for almost a year with a knee injury. The young man played the full 90 minutes and with Ake recalled on from loan, Chelsea’s defensive prospects suddenly look much brighter.
Chelsea bounced back from a defeat mid-week to Tottenham with a comfortable win over Peterborough. Conte made 9 changes to the starting line up but it did not hinder the fluidity Chelsea’s game and therefore allowed each player to give a good account of themselves to the manager. Mitchy Batshuayi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek started the game which put all talk of a loan for either of those players in the shadows and would give them much confidence going forward. They youth looked very sharp on the day with Ruben Loftus-Cheek reminding us of the qualities which made him the poster boy for Chelsea’s youth a couple of seasons ago.
In the 5th minute Chelsea almost went a goal following a deep cross that resembled the goals conceded in mid-week against Tottenham, Antonio Conte must make sure that dealing with deep crosses does not become a glaring weakness in the team. John Terry finally made his return to Chelsea’s starting line up but was unfortunate to see red, this start-stop nature of John Terry’s appearances of late are increasing the likelihood that this will be his final season as a Chelsea player. Finally although Pedro played well at LWB, it was against League one side and he did not have much defending to do. Antonio Conte will no doubt be on the hunt for a more viable option at LWB.
9 changes, no problem. The consistent starters got the rest they deserved today and the youth came in, still the game plan was executed well. John Terry’s sending off and Peterborough’s goal meant Conte had to sure up the game and he did just that, effectively eliminating any threat of a comeback with his savvy substitutions. Also he must receive some points for his touchline shenanigans with Diego Costa.
Had a solid performance, was in the right place to deny Peterborough the opening goal through an effort by Angol. Did not have much to do all game and could do nothing about the goal Peterborough scored.
Solid overall but still showed some signs of rust which is to be expected after a long spell out. Should have been stronger in the air defending the deep crosses and failed to intercept the ball leading up to John Terry’s sending off.
John Terry: 6
The Chelsea skipper did not put a foot wrong all game until his sending off. He even almost scored a goal. Marshalled the Chelsea backline well and was reliable defensively but continues to suffer in isolated situations against pacy attackers.
Looked the most assured of the back line and continues to be solid and reliable at all times. Was unlucky not to grab the first goal of the game following his near post flick from a corner.
Was rusty in some defensive situations but sturdy for the most part. Deputized at RWB very well, even contributing offensively as he was key to Chelsea’s second goal. Was switched to right centre back later on in the game and together with Pedro failed to foil the cross that led to Peterborough’s goal, but overall looks to be a trustworthy back up.
Measured, calm, strong and composed. Having impressed in preseason Chalobah has gone on to be the most prominent youth in the current season and it’s not hard to see why. Displayed impressive maturity all game and kept the ball ticking both offensively and defensively. Worked very well with Fabregas and was unlucky not to get a goal.
With time and space on the ball, Chelsea’s midfield locksmith orchestrated Chelsea’s possession play brilliantly, opening up several opportunities with short artful angled passes as well as defence splitting long range passes. Pressed up when out of possession and never looked hindered all game.
An almost perfect display from the spaniard to recover from his game against Tottenham in mid-week. Was deployed at LWB to give Alonso some much needed rest and took to his task superbly, with not much defending to do, he dominated his flank completely, allowing Loftus-Cheek to wander in centrally much more. Scored two goals but could have had much more however his comical miss from a couple of yards out as well as his failure to track Michael Smith’s run for Peterborough’s goal prevents him from a perfect score. Still he is quite clearly Chelsea’s second best finisher behind Diego Costa.
As commanding on the left flank as Pedro was on the right, he was almost untouchable against Peterborough’s defence. Was a constant thorn in the flesh, created several chances with his strength, pace and clever play and capped his performance with a well taken goal in the second half.
He scored one and set up one, however the Chelsea striker cut a frustrated figure all game. A poor touch gave the ball away and led to the transition which eventually led to John Terry’s sending off. Was greedy with the ball as he looked to impress Antonio Conte with his first bit of extended game time since last year. Rushed a few shots and could have been more clinical on occasion however with Chelsea progressing to the next stage, he will have more chances to improve and become more confident.
Ruben-Loftus Cheek: 9
Oh! should have scored so bad to make this the perfect night! He probably would have done so eventually, if he was not sacrificed following John Terry’s red card but nonetheless he had two assists and created many chances. Although starting a bit slow initially, the Chelsea youngster was a handful for Peterborough, constantly tormenting the league one side with share strength and skill and with touches and turns that made you forget Hazard was not on the pitch. Loftus-Cheek showed the qualities that made him the poster boy for youth a couple of seasons ago and for critics whose confidence in him was waning, this performance was a massive shot to the vein albeit against a league one side. On this is clear now though, he need consistent game time to de-velop into the player we all hope he can become and perhaps a loan deal to a Premier League team is the best route for him right now.
Came in for Cahill in the second half and settled into RWB well. He was efficient if not spectacular, made no errors, contributed well defensively and offensively.
Came on for Ruben Loftus-Cheek following the sending off of John Terry. Had almost nothing to do all game but perhaps could have defended Nicholl better for Peterborough’s goal.
N’golo Kante: 7
Effectively shut down Peterborough when he came on for Willian. Aside from his defensive contributions which he made light work of, he even added to Chelsea’s impetus in attack