CHELSEA again wasted chances but at least had no problems between the sticks at the other end in a 0-0 FA Cup draw at Aston Villa.
Here’s how the much-changed Blues rated at Villa Park.
DJORDJE PETROVIC – 8/10
Did well to stop Youri Tielemans’ header from close range, got down quickly to palm away a sharp Ollie Watkins effort and then brilliantly tipped Matty Cash’s curler around the post.
ALFIE GILCHRIST – 6
The centre-back was a late call-up for the injured Levi Colwill.
It was his headed block that allowed Douglas Luiz to tap in only for VAR to come to his rescue for a handball.
BENOIT BADIASHILE – 6
Deployed at left-back and never looked comfortable. Spent most of the game tracking back and playing backwards passes.
THIAGO SILVA – 6
Was on the end of several ear-bashings from Poch for his distribution, then picked up a deserved yellow for a rash lunge on John McGinn.
AXEL DISASI – 6
For the most part kept his composure when he needed to and covered against the pace of Ollie Watkins, but still looks too rigid when in possession.
ENZO FERNANDEZ – 7
Kept things ticking along when needed. Is becoming one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers of late, but still needs to do more in terms of assists and creativity.
MOISES CAICEDO – 4
Another game that has drifted by one of the world’s most expensive midfielders – you begin to ask the question of what he actually brings to this Chelsea side?
RAHEEM STERLING – 6
Lively. Energetic. Constantly driving with the ball down the left, but with little to no end product, but for the occasional good link-up or one-two pass inside.
A breakaway over the top in the second half sums his game up: good run, too many touches, fluffed finish.
CONOR GALLAGHER – 6
Tried his best to influence, especially with his pressing off the ball, and you can never question his work ethic as he covered almost every blade of grass.
Burst through on goal late on but Emiliano Martinez was there again to blast clear.
NONI MADUEKE – 7
Missed a golden opportunity from a neat Palmer lay-off inside the box, straight at the feet of Martinez.
COLE PALMER – 5
Simply had to put Chelsea ahead with a chance better than Madueke’s after Villa’s defensive mix-up, but again at the feet of Martinez.
And then, another howler of an effort after blocking a Martinez clearance, deciding to let the ball drop and attempt to side foot it instead of lacing it. The result? A complete air-shot.
BEN CHILWELL (GILCHRIST, 65) – 6
Brought some much-need quality down the left and helped push Villa back with his ambitious running
ARMANDO BROJA (STERLING, 76) – 6
Chased down both Villa centre backs but never got a chance to get on the end of a delivery into the box – his main strength. His one chance through on goal ended with a heavy touch out for a goal kick.
MYKHAILO MYDRYK (MADUEKE, 76) – 6
Quiet, but who can blame him when he gets fleeting minutes to show his quality? When he does start games, he often grows into the sort of player we expect him to be.
CARNEY CHUKWUEMEKA (FERNANDEZ, 89) – N/A
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