Bayern Munich vs. Chelsea: Player Ratings for Blues in Champions League Final
Roman Abramovich finally has his Champions League title, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, John Terry have all finally gotten their hands on the Champions League trophy, and Roberto Di Matteo has brought his interim reign at Chelsea to a perfect conclusion.
Before we put this historic victory to rest in the Champions League history books, let's review the performances of Chelsea's individual players.
Petr Cech: 9/10
Cech faced 43 shots, and let one in. Just let that sink for a second. Yes, the Chelsea defense blocked 22 of those shots, but Cech had to make many more saves than his opposite number Manuel Neuer did.
Cech arguably should've been able to do a bit more for Thomas Mueller's goal, but he more than made up for that with his save on Arien Robben's penalty, his save on Ivica Olic in the penalty shootout and his fingertip deflection of Bastian Schweinsteiger's penalty onto the bar.
Definitely came out on top in the battle of the keepers with Neuer.
Ashley Cole: 8.5/10
Couldn't attack down the flanks like he normally does due to his team being pegged back by Bayern Munich's offense for much of the game. There was also the worry that Arjen Robben might hurt Chelsea on the counter-attack.
But Cole completely neutralized Franck Ribery on defense, made crucial blocks and passed the ball with near-perfect accuracy (37/38 completed passes). Well done from the experienced left-back, who finally felt vindication for his decision to leave Arsenal.
David Luiz: 8.0/10
Timed his tackles well and read the game well, and his customary ability to dribble out of defense was on display as well. Blocked a team-high five shots, made seven clearances and was part of a extra-resolute Chelsea defense that withstood attack after attack from Bayern Munich.
Gary Cahill: 8.0/10
His passing was remarkably even better than Cole's, as Cahill completed 43/44 passes. He blocked one shot less than Luiz, and even though he wasn't as active as Luiz, he made a crucial block on Mario Gomez when it looked like Cech was exposed and Gomez was finally going to score.
Jose Bosingwa: 8.0/10
To Bosingwa's credit, Franck Ribery had quite the anonymous game against Chelsea, failing to threaten Chelsea's goal for 120 minutes. But Bosingwa was almost equally anonymous on offense.
His defensive work was top-notch, though. Five tackles, five interceptions and eight clearances from the right-back who looks reborn under Roberto Di Matteo.
John Obi Mikel: 7.5/10
Another player who has gone from poor to solid under Roberto Di Matteo. Won both of his aerial battles, passed the ball reasonably well and shielded the defense decently. Prevented either Toni Kroos or Bastian Schweinsteiger from getting near goal.
Frank Lampard: 7.5/10
Had the most touches on any Chelsea player and passed the ball well, but like many of his teammates was pegged back in defense for much of the game.
His defensive stats were solid, though: four tackles, four interceptions and eight clearances for an attacking midfielder shows great versatility from Chelsea's captain on the night.
Ryan Bertrand: 6.0/10
Had Chelsea lost, I'd probably have given him a lower rating, but Bertrand performed decently for his debut night and did not seem overwhelmed by the occasion. Didn't really offer much of anything on offense, though, and was rightly taken off for Florent Malouda in the 73rd minute.
Juan Mata: 6.5/10
For long spells of the game, it looked like Juan Mata wasn't doing much of anything with the ball when he had it, and certainly his missed penalty looked to have doomed Chelsea to another Champions League loss.
It was his corner that assisted Drogba's equalizing goal, though, to his credit.
Salomon Kalou: 6.0/10
Had the pace and trickery, but couldn't do much with it, and caused the most fouls on the Chelsea team (six). Most recognizable moment was probably when he was substituted for Fernando Torres in the 84th minute.
That spider haircut was interesting, though.
Didier Drogba: 8.5/10
Drogba put the team on his back with his performance this game, as he has done so many times this season. Scored an equalizing goal out of nothing, played hard for 120 minutes, took foul after foul and still had enough in the tank to score the winning penalty.
He's class and will be dearly missed at Chelsea if he does indeed leave this summer.
Florent Malouda: 6.0/10
I can hardly remember a single highlight of Malouda's after he entered the game, and indeed, his stats indicate that he was largely an idle passenger in extra time for Chelsea. Probably does need to move on from Chelsea if he hopes to extend his career.
Fernando Torres: 7.0/10
Didn't score while on the pitch, but was a live-wire and made a number of dangerous runs. Was denied a couple of foul calls he deserved, but often tried to do too much as well.
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