Chelsea player ratings vs BATE Borisov: Here’s how the Blues fared
Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored an emphatic hat-trick as Chelsea defeated BATE Borisov 3-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Europa League.
The 22-year-old midfielder fired the Blues ahead inside two minutes before doubling the hosts’ advantage six minutes later with a cool volley from close range.
And Loftus-Cheek capped off his goal-rout nine minutes after the break with a strike from near the edge of the penalty area which keeper Denis Scherbitksi could only push onto the post.
BATE managed to score a consolation late on from a wide free-kick to give the travelling fans something to remember.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5/10
Kepa had nothing to do all night except to pick the ball out of his goal.
Davide Zappacosta – 8/10
Zappacosta was a fantastic attacking outlet down the right. Produced a fantastic run down the wing to tee up Ruben Loftus-Cheek for the opener.
Gary Cahill – 6/10
A solid outing from the experienced centre-half, who could have made it 3-0 with a header, only for Andreas Christensen to unknowingly stop it.
Andreas Christensen – 7/10
A really composed display from the Dane as he passed the ball well and defended well when he had to.
Emerson Palmieri – 6/10
Surged forward with purpose as he tried to give as much as he can to the Chelsea attack. Defensively, he was diligent.
Cesc Fabregas – 7/10
Sprayed the balls with utmost ease, virtually running the show. Gave away possession at times but overall, a solid display from the Spaniard.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 9/10
Loftus-Cheek gave a glimpse of his talent with a sublime hat-trick. Almost a flawless performance from the young Englishman that should give Sarri a selection headache ahead of the trip to Burnley.
Mateo Kovacic- 7/10
Another energetic performance from the Croatian, who was given far too much room and space to boss the game. He did everything that was asked out from him.
Willian – 8/10
Willian caused BATE a number of problems with his pace and unpredictability. Linked up well with his teammates throughout the game but should have done well with the volley.
Pedro – 7/10
A livewire as ever, Pedro worked tirelessly and created good openings for his teammates.
Olivier Giroud – 6/10
Giroud would be gutted not to get on the score sheet, forcing a brilliant save from Denis Scherbitski in the second-half. Linked up well.
Victor Moses – 5/10
Moses replaced Willian and put in a decent shift on the night, although his touch on the ball was heavy at times.
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Callum Hudson-Odoi – 6/10
Gave a glimpse of his talent following his introduction. Hudson-Odoi was too hot to handle for the BATE defenders and came close to scoring. An exciting display from the teenage sensation!
N’Golo Kante – 5/10
Came on to close the game and did his job well.