3 The Daily Telegraph Monday 20 July 2020 *** Total Football Player ratings Chelsea 3-4-3 By James Ducker 6 7 7 7 8 8 Willy Caballero Cesar Azpilicueta Kurt Zouma Antonio Rudiger Reece James Jorginho Gave Chelsea control and balance in midfield and, along with Kovacic, ensured Fernandes was never able to find his rhythm. Hounded Williams into making a mistake for the second goal. Does not get the headlines but is a big talent in the making. James got no change out of the German, who probably could not have believed how easily Chelsea subdued United going forward. A classy showing from Chelsea’s captain. As impressive going forward as he was defensively. Delivered the cross for the first goal. Chelsea’s defence is their weak spot but United never got a chance to test it. A straightforward afternoon for the France centre-half. Preferred to Kepa Arrizabalaga, it was hard to recall the stand-in keeper having anything to do until he picked Fernandes’s penalty out of the net. 9 8 8 8 9 Mateo Kovacic Marcos Alonso Willian Olivier Giroud Mason Mount Substitutions: Tammy Abraham 6, Callum Hudson-Odoi 5, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Pedro (for Giroud, (for William, 80) (for Kovacic, 86) (for Mount, 90+1) 80) 6, 6 Probably Chelsea’s stand-out performer with Kovacic. Got a little lucky with his goal but he earned that good fortune. Why is he so unfashionable? Bullied United’s back three and good run and movement for his goal. Loves the FA Cup. Pressed high up the field and dovetailed well with Mount down the left. Wan-Bissaka was uncomfortable throughout. Crossed for third goal. The game’s dominant midfielder. Manoeuvred the ball well in tight areas, snuffed out Fernandes, and led with his work rate and intensity. No wonder Frank Lampard hopes the Brazilian will sign a new contract. One of the league’s outstanding performers since lockdown.
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