The champions of England, Chelsea welcomed Portuguese outfit Porto to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday as they looked to claim all three points to go through to the next round of the Champions League. The west London side have lacked consistency in the current campaign, yet hoped to put in a solid performance to go through to the next round of the competition. The Blues started the game well when Marcano unfortunately scored an own goal on the 12th minute of the game. There were more chances but no further goals in the first half as the sides went into the break at 1-0, with the second half left to play.
The second half once again started off really well for the hosts, when Willian added a second goal for his side on the 52nd minute with a well taken shot. Since then, both sides looked to create more opportunities to find the net, yet the game eventually ended in a 2-0 win for the west London side who went through to the next round of Europe’s top competition.
Thibaut Courtois: 3/5
Had a small role to play in the game which was dominated by his defensive line, but did his part as and when needed.
Branislav Ivanovic: 3/5
Looked much better in the game and has improved since his return to the side. Managed well against Layun, whose movement he countered well in the game.
Kurt Zouma: 3.5/5
The center-back put in a solid performance in the game and was rewarded with the clean sheet for his efforts.
John Terry: 3/5
Made his return to the side from his injury to keep both Corona and Aboubakar well contained and was quite impressive.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 3/5
Played really well on the left and was influential pushing forward to support Hazard as and when he could.
Put in a really good shift alongside Matic in the holding midfield role and dealt with the opposition attacks.
Nemanja Matic: 3.5/5
Prevented the opposition midfielders from creating too many chances and also helped in creating goal scoring opportunities.
The most creative Chelsea player in the game and scored the second goal on the 52nd minute to double his side’s lead.
Had good control on the ball and used his skills to good effect, with the Chelsea attack really impressing on the night.
Eden Hazard: 3/5
Failed to make an impact in the first half of the game, though was much better after half-time and claimed an assist for Willian’s goal.
Diego Costa: 3/5
Once again struggled for form, though he was involved in both the goals that the Blues scored.
Brought on as a substitute for Oscar with nine minutes left to play, adding energy and pace to his side’s attack.
John Obi Mikel: 2.5/5
Called upon really late but did have enough time to make an impact.
Loic Remy: 2.5/5
Came on for Costa with some time left to go and had one chance to score a goal.