Chelsea vs. Juventus: Rating the Blues Players Against Juve

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2012

Chelsea vs. Juventus: Rating the Blues Players Against Juve

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    A night which started so positively for the defending European Champions ended in complete frustration.

    Chelsea had taken a 2-0 lead thanks to a brace from Brazilian youngster Oscar who scored in the 31st and 33rd minutes of the match with two impressive long-range strikes.

    However, poor defending and miscommunication from the defense were the culprits of the club, allowing Juventus to get back into the match.

    If Chelsea are going to make a strong run at a title defense, then they have to manage things better, especially when they are up 2-0. But, there are many who will tell you that a 2-0 lead is the most dangerous in the game, and any of them would be preaching to the choir if in front of Chelsea fans.

Petr Cech

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    Peter Cech was not challenged for the majority of the match.

    However, the finish from Arturo Vidal was sublime and took Cech out of the equation with its placement.

    The defense was more to blame for allowing a through ball to see Fabio Quagliarella while the attacker's finish was equally as class as Vidal's to beat Cech.

    Match Rating: 6/10

Branislav Ivanovic

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    Branislav Ivanovic was relatively unseen for most of the match without a real charging attacker facing off against him.

    The Serbian was not very effective in the attack for the Blues either and had a rather underachieving night overall.

    Match Rating: 5/10

David Luiz

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    While his attacking skills and movement going forward is always a sight to see, David Luiz is an eyesore for the most part in defense for the Blues.

    He had moments of class on both sides of the ball, but his falterings in defense continue to let the club down.

    Match Rating: 5/10

John Terry

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    Terry was solid for much of the match, but his mistake in the offside trap allowed Quagliarella through to equalize.

    Match Rating: 6/10

Ashley Cole

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    As usual over the last few years, Ashley Cole was the best defender on the pitch for Chelsea. He was lively going forward and solid in defense as he kept down the threat of Stephan Lichtsteiner.

    Match Rating: 7/10

John Obi Mikel

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    John Obi Mikel was perhaps the most disappointing player on the pitch for the Blues on the night. Even with years of experience at Chelsea he is truly still not good enough.

    Match Rating: 4/10

Frank Lampard

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    Frank Lampard put in a shift on the level expected of any veteran of his stature.

    He was solid all around and made the key passes when he had the openings.

    Match Rating: 7/10

Ramires

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    A frustrating night for Ramires as he never really got into the action.

    He wasted an early chance to get on the score sheet and did a good job in defense, but never truly imposed himself on the match.

    Match Rating: 6/10

Oscar

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    The young Brazilian, Oscar, made his UEFA Champions League debut with aplomb as he scored two spectacular goals within two minutes of one another to send the Blues racing to a 2-0 lead over Juventus.

    Oscar was without a doubt the best player for Chelsea on the night.

    Match Rating: 8/10

Eden Hazard

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    Juventus did a good job of shutting the Belgian playmaker down for the opening period of the game. However, he grew into the game as he started to find space in the second half.

    He was denied a penalty, but the replay proved it was the correct decision.

    Match Rating: 7/10

Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres was always going to have a tough night against the three central defenders at the back of Juventus' 3-5-2 formation.

    However, he was threatening when he could find space, but his role was more to keep defenders occupied and allow his supporting midfield cast to try to make the most of each opportunity.

    Match Rating: 7/10