Chelsea have progressed into the 4th round of the Emirates FA Cup as the blues beat Preston North End at Stamford Bridge.
Second half goals from Broja, Silva, Madueke and Enzo saw the home side turn an uncomfortable start into a satisfying 4-0 victory.
Here are the quick fire player ratings from Saturday’s victory by CFCDaily.
Petrovic: 7/10- Literally had nothing to do from what I recall, an easy day at the office.
Gilchrist: 7.5/10- My MOTM from the first half of the game, unfortunately he only played an hour as I wanted to see more. The only player who put in true effort until the floodgates started to open. Looked like he had played in this Chelsea team for years.
Disasi: 7/10- Had hardly anything to do. Nothing fantastic to note and nothing really negative either. A slight concern that he seemed to get beaten pretty easily in terms of duels.
Colwill: 7/10- Very similar to Disasi, had nothing much to do and nothing negative. The only difference is Colwill was a lot more stronger in winning his duels and incredibly won 8 of his 9 aerial duels. Pochettino highlighted that Chelsea are weak in the air so this will only please him.
Gusto: 8.5/10- My MOTM for the whole game, playing out of position and the only one who looked to get involved before the first goal went in. He tried to make things happen and the gambling paid off with an assist.
Caicedo- 7/10- Nothing of note that was outstanding and he didn’t do anything wrong. The type of approach you see in these cup matches. There is no will to get booked or even worse ending up with a suspension.
Enzo: 8/10- Everything runs through him and the centre of the team’s creation. Pochettino’s tactics give him a lot to do at times. In total according to SofaScore, he had 104 touches. The most on the pitch.
Sterling: 8/10- Improved performance capped off with a fantastic free kick. Sterling overall is a frustrating player to watch at times but he does get things done, unfortunately it goes down as 3 things bad, 1 thing good. A goal and an assist, you can’t ask for more.
Palmer: 7.5/10- Decent performance from Palmer once again and walked away with an assist. Missed a big chance in the first half perhaps looking overconfident. Great corner to give Silva his goal and perhaps deserved a rest but with the lack of depth he almost had to play.
Mudryk: 6.5/10- Rarely in the game but that’s mainly down to Chelsea’s overall first half approach. He created a big chance during the hour he was on the pitch.
Broja: 6.5/10- Rusty performance but also understandable, nice header from a pin-point Gusto cross but apart from that he feels like he needs a lot of time and development. Ever since the injury it almost feels like he needs another loan move to get back on the path he was on. With Jackson at the Africa Cup of Nations it feels like the spotlight will be on him especially if Nkunku doesn’t stay fit.
Subs: Thiago Silva, Gallagher, Golding, Madueke, Washington.
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to the North-East to take on Championship side Middlesbrough, they sit just one point above Preston in the table.
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