What a crazy night at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup for a 2nd time in 3 seasons. The blues have Mudryk to thank after a late strike gave Chelsea a chance from 12 yards.
Going 1-0 down to Newcastle perhaps can be one of the worst things in a game of football. Persistent time wasting, tactical fouls and trying every rule in the book to delay the restart. For Mudryk to equalise and then to score in the shootout shows testament to this sides ‘never die’ attitude.
Here are the player ratings by Harry and CFCDaily following Tuesday’s victory. These are shared opinions with an average rating.
Petrovic: 8.5/10 – Another game for Petrovic but also another game where he was largely untested. Absolutely top drawer save to see Chelsea through, showing great character.
Disasi: 7/10 – Solid throughout, handled Gordon and Livramento well. Became very limited in the final third, as expected because his strength is not a full back.
Thiago Silva: 7/10 – Still fuming at the defending for Wilson’s goal, however, despite the blunder, showed his experience in the rest of the game.
Badiashile: 5/10 – Arguably his worst performance for Chelsea – which are very uncommon. A shocking level of concentration leading to Wilson’s opening goal. A true head in hands moment for an otherwise massive talent for the future. He will bounce back for sure as all the evidence points one way, and that’s up.
Colwill: 6/10 – A shocking pass leading to Wilson’s goal. Not the first time Levi has misplaced a pass whilst on the left. It’s either that or being caught out of position when playing left back and it was both in this game. Managed to regain composure before being taken off. Once again being played out of position.
Gallagher: 8/10 – Silly moments at times, but I think that came out of desperation more than anything. A true captains performance and as always the player with the most energy on show. Really unlucky not to have scored early on when hitting the bar. Well deserved official man of the match.
Caicedo: 7.5/10 – Idiotic tackle just a minute in that on any other day would have left his teammates down to 10 with 90 minutes on the clock to play. Despite this he put in a very good shift.
Palmer: 7/10 – Struggled to get anything off, with a few moments of class. A quieter performance than previous but that may be down to those around him more than anything else.
Enzo: N/A – Taken off after half an hour, Enzo didn’t really get into the game before being replaced by Broja.
Sterling: 6/10 – A couple of really solid chances that perhaps he may have taken on another night. Always actively seeking more and more chances right until the end.
Jackson: 6/10 – Seems a lot better when played on the side than as the focal point. Still as frustrating to watch as ever.
Broja: 6/10 – Some top level skills on show from time to time but certainly looks a bit of a shadow of himself prior to injury. I don’t doubt the talent is still there, he just needs more regular game time to showcase it. Whether that is on loan or at Stamford Bridge.
Gusto: 7.5/10 – A breath of fresh air when he came on. A more natural full back displaying in-swinging crosses with one ultimately leading to the equaliser.
Nkunku: 7/10 – Bizarre to finally see him play. Could have easily scored if Sterling’s pass was better by an inch. Had glimpses of class throughout his short time on the pitch. A great penalty.
Mudryk: 7/10 – Fantastic finish for the equaliser and one that many would’ve assumed he’d miss in weeks gone by. Showed composure and accuracy. Silly antics later on resulting in a booking but that will definitely be down to over-excitement following his late goal and sticking up for his club.
Maatsen: 6.5/10 – Did well clearing up, really wouldn’t be opposed to him and Gusto occupying the full back positions until more players return instead of the current 4 centre back situation.
Four penalties dispatched beautifully. 🤩
Relive last night’s dramatic shoot-out! 👇🍿 pic.twitter.com/fSQ25Rf7bk
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 20, 2023
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