Azpilicueta 8, Kante 5: rating Chelsea players in Lille win

Azpilicueta – 8

An inspired performance from the captain, especially in the second half when he remained solid at the back and got forward to score the winner.

Kovacic – 7

As usual, was impressive driving the ball forward. Surprisingly replaced at half-time.

Mount – 7

The English midfielder was introduced for Kovacic for the second half and played a key role in turning the game around, assisting Azpi’s goal.

Chalobah – 5.5

Was subbed on in the first half after Christensen’s injury. Got an early booking for conceding a foul that ultimately led to Jorginho’s handball and penalty. Grew into it a bit after the break.

Alonso – 5.5

Played his first 90 minutes after Covid, so a bit of rustiness is understandable. Drew the fans’ ire after allowing Lille to make several crosses from his wing.

Kante – 5

Tough game for the Frenchman who is registered to have won just one out of 13 ground duels tonight.

The rest: Mendy – 6.5, Christensen – 6, Thiago Silva – 7, Rudiger – 7, Jorginho – 6.5, Pulisic – 7, Havertz – 6.5, Loftus-Cheek – 6, Lukaku – 6, Ziyech – n/a

Post-game evaluation after Chelsea victory at Lille

From the very first minutes, it was evident that this would be a tough evening. Lille were clearly up for it, and Chelsea were seemingly not prepared for it.

The French side’s sustained pressure resulted in a penalty after Jorginho’s handball. Burak Yilmaz converted it to reignite the intrigue in the tie.

It promised to be a spicy half-time talk before Christian Pulisic found the net completely against the tun of play in the third minute of the stoppage time.

After half-time, Thomas Tuchel did make a tactical change, returning to a 3-4-3.

While the Blues did not take the sting out of the game immediately, the change worked as Mason Mount provided a great assist for Cesar Azpilicueta to settle the tie.

All in all, Chelsea once again get the desired result without being brilliant. The quarter-final draw will take place on Friday, march 18.

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