Chelsea: Rating the Blues' Players in Victory over Hull City

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Chelsea: Rating the Blues' Players in Victory over Hull City
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Chelsea started their 2013-14 English Premier League campaign on the right foot with a 2-0 victory over newly promoted Hull City at Stamford Bridge. 

In Jose Mourinho's first official match since his return to Chelsea, Oscar and Frank Lampard delivered first-half goals to power the Blues past the Tigers. 

Here is a look at what rating each Chelsea player received in their first victory of the season.

 

Goalkeeper

Petr Cech: 6.7

Cech did not have to do much in the first half, but when he was called upon in the second half, he did his job. 

The Blues' first-choice keeper made two saves during a period of time in the second half when Hull City were threatening in the chase for their first goal.

 

Defenders

Branislav Ivanovic: 7.2; Gary Cahill: 7; John Terry: 7; Ashley Cole: 6.8

The Chelsea back four was not tested too much during the entire 90 minutes of the match.

Of the four defenders, right-back Ivanovic was the most active in the Chelsea attack. 

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The center-back pairing of Cahill and Terry impressed, with expected starter David Luiz not featuring in the matchday squad. 

Cahill had the most touches of all Chelsea defenders with 77, and Terry was able to win 100 percent of his aerial battles, which is a statistic that is a bit skewed because there were not that many all match. 

On the left side of the back four, Cole had a quiet match with just 61 touches, which was the fourth-lowest of all Chelsea players. 

 

Defensive Midfielders

Frank Lampard: 8; Ramires: 7.7 

Lampard was the player who grabbed all of the headlines during the match, but his defensive midfield partner, Ramires, also had a very strong match in the shadows of the England international.

Lampard had a rough start to his day after his fifth-minute penalty was saved by Hull City keeper Allan McGregor.

Luckily for the Chelsea legend, he was able to make up for the penalty, and then some, with his stunning free-kick from 35 yards out in the 25th minute. 

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The 35-year-old also led the Blues in touches with 85, a total that was two more than the total of his Brazilian midfield partner. Ramires recorded 83 touches and had a near immaculate pass accuracy of 92 percent in the season opener. 

There is no argument toward Lampard not getting the headlines, but whomever writes those headlines should be conscious of the fact that Ramires was the midfield engine that drove the Blues.

 

Attacking Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne: 7.6; Oscar: 7.6; Eden Hazard: 7.7

The attacking midfield trio had a surprise starter in it—De Bruyne—when the lineups were released.

De Bruyne, who was entered into the starting 11 instead of Juan Mata, proved to everyone why his inclusion was the right decision.

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The young Belgian provided Oscar with an assist on the first goal of the match in the 12th minute. 

As for Oscar, he did more than just score the first goal of Chelsea's season.

Lined up as the central figure in the attacking midfield trio, the 21-year-old Brazilian was very active with 75 touches and an 81 percent pass accuracy.

Hazard started out on the left wing and his performance flew under the radar. 

Hazard may not have broken free behind the back four to claim a goal like Oscar, but he did create six—yes, six—scoring chances throughout the match. 

Hazard's presence in the midfield trio may have been the one that meant the most to Mourinho, and if Mata re-enters the squad next week, the 22-year-old Belgian's spot in the lineup should not be in danger.

 

Forward

Fernando Torres: 7.1

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The much-maligned Spanish forward had a surprisingly decent match in 75 minutes on the pitch. 

If you are wondering why you did not see Torres throughout the match, it is because he only touched the ball 32 times, the lowest total of any Chelsea starter. 

Despite not being on the ball much, Torres' movement was fine, and he was able to let the midfielders do their job in attack. 

 

Substitutes

Andre Schurrle: 6.5; Romelu Lukaku: 6; Marco van Ginkel: N/A

Schurrle was the first substitute to reach the pitch in West London when he replaced De Bruyne in the 67th minute.

His impact on the match was felt nine minutes after his entrance as he almost beat McGregor with a cheeky chip shot. 

Lukaku was on the pitch for 15 minutes and was able to get his feet wet in the powerful Chelsea attack.

Van Ginkel was only on the pitch for just over five minutes, which wasn't long enough to have any significant involvement. 

 

What ratings would you give the Chelsea players after their performance against Hull City?

Comment below or leave me a comment on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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