Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona: player ratings from Stamford Bridge

Dominic Fifield at Stamford Bridge on 20 February 2018


Thibaut Courtois Occasionally panicked with his distribution, but strong at crosses and helpless for Messi’s equaliser 6

César Azpilicueta Organised, read Barça’s intent and summoned the form of recent seasons rather than this one, but could not reach Christensen’s pass 7

Andreas Christensen It was cruel that Chelsea’s most consistent defender this season should err with a pass to present Barça with their equaliser 6

Antonio Rüdiger Endured some awkward moments, dizzied by Messi at times, but persevered and his charges up-field were a thrill 7

Victor Moses Energetic down the flank and ever eager to support the attack, but stretched defensively 6

N’Golo Kanté Chelsea needed Kanté to excel, and it was his aggression and interceptions which whipped up the hosts 8

Cesc Fàbregas Conte was frustrated at the pace and accuracy of some of his passing, but he was industrious and prompted when he could 6

Marcos Alonso Severely tested defensively, and wary of venturing too far forward. Perhaps rusty after recent injury 6

Willian Chelsea’s most threatening player all night, scurrying forward and battering shots against both posts before whipping in the hosts’ opener 8

Eden Hazard The hosts were always happiest when he was scurrying up-field, but he felt wasted as a false No9 7

Pedro Charged with snapping at Ter Stegen and also screening passes into Messi, he worked tirelessly and selflessly 7


Marc-Andre ter Stegen Either fortunate or demonstrating sound judgment as Willian’s shots cannoned from both his posts, and unsighted at the Brazilian’s opener 6

Sergi Roberto Pushed forward at will, but prone to rash decisions at the back and it was his error which presented Willian with his second chance 5

Gerard Piqué A calming influence helping Umtiti at his side, but might have been more tested up against a recognised striker 6

Samuel Umtiti Occasionally exposed on the turn, and the 24-year-old is a weakness Chelsea must surely target in the return 6

Jordi Alba A marauding presence up the flank, linking up with the central suppliers, to stretch the home side’s rearguard 7

Sergio Busquets Tidy enough in possession for possession’s sake, cynical when he had to be, but exposed when opponents spun off him 6

Ivan Rakitic Impressive in partnership with Iniesta and Messi, and constantly available, but more cautious after his yellow card 7

Paulinho Planted a header horribly wide and generally underwhelmed. Life in England deflates the former Tottenham midfielder 4

Andrés Iniesta Was at the heart of everything positive Barça mustered with his interchanges with Messi and Rakitic making them tick 7

Luis Suárez The Uruguayan has now gone 881 minutes without a goal in this competition and, one turn away from Christensen aside, was becalmed 5

Lionel Messi Ninth time lucky for the Argentinian against Chelsea. At times it took two or three markers to stifle his threat 7

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