Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace: Live Player Ratings for the Blues

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace, 2-1, at Stamford Bridge in what was a nervy affair for most of the second half as Palace chased an equalizer.  

Below are live player ratings for the Blues in their win over the 19th-place side in the EPL table. 

Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Petr Cech66.5
Branislav Ivanovic6.26
David Luiz66.8
John Terry66.2
Cesar Azpilicueta67
Michael Essien6.56.5
Juan Mata6.56.7
Eden Hazard77
Fernando Torres6.76.5
Andre SchurrleN/A6.2
Demba BaN/A6.2

Half-time Analysis

Petr Cech: Aside from letting in the Palace equalizer in the 29th minute, Petr Cech was not tested much by the visitors. 

Branislav Ivanovic: The Serbian right-back has touched the ball just 33 times as he has not been as active in the Chelsea attack as he usually is. 

David Luiz: Other than being embarrassed on a nutmeg by Cameron Jerome in the third minute, David Luiz had a decent first 45 minutes for the Blues. 

John Terry: John Terry was not fast enough to reach Marouane Chamakh on the lone Palace goal of the first stanza. 

Cesar Azpilicueta: The left-back has had a rather quiet first half, but he has completed 80 percent of his passes. 

Michael Essien: Michael Essien has been very active with 59 touches and an 88 percent pass accuracy. 

Ramires: The Brazilian delivered a brilliant goal in the 35th minute that left Julian Speroni frozen in his boots. 

Juan MataWhile he has not played a role in either goal, Mata has played well in the Blues' attack with 55 touches and an 89 percent pass accuracy. 

Willian: Willian was the catalyst of the first goal as his shot deflected off of Speroni before Torres tapped home the ball. 

Eden HazardThe Belgian winger delivered an assist on the Ramires goal and also had a stunning run down the wing to set up a Willian chance late in the half. 

Fernando TorresThe Spaniard played the role of opportunist in the 16th minute as he tapped home the first goal on a rebound of a Willian shot. 


Full-time Analysis:

Cech: The Chelsea keeper was forced into just three saves despite a constant threat from Palace in the second half. 

Ivanovic: Ivanovic had a decent day at home, but he did earn a yellow card in the 69th minute that will leave him suspended for the clash with Sunderland in the Capital One Cup this week. 

Luiz: The Brazilian was the better of the two center-backs, but the concerns about the effectiveness of the Chelsea back four still remain. Luiz did have 10 accurate clearances in the victory. 

Terry: Terry did present a few concerns as Damien Delaney was able to sneak through twice on set pieces to get chances on goal. However, the veteran center-back did make a massive clearance off the line in the 77th minute. 

Azpilicueta: The Spaniard had 97 touches and six tackles to partner a pass accuracy of 85 percent. 

Essien: The midfielder led the Blues in touches with 109 as he quietly went about his business in the defensive midfield. 

Ramires: Ramires had a chance to score a second goal in the 86th minute, but he could not connect with the ball in the end. The Brazilian did have the most shots on target of any Chelsea player with two. 

Mata: In 61 minutes of play, the Spaniard completed 91 percent of his passes in the central role of the attacking midfield. He was taken off for Oscar early in the second half as his rocky relationship with Jose Mourinho continues. 

Willian: The former Shakhtar player was handed a start on the wing against Palace and he thrived in that role. The 25-year-old certainly earned himself more playing time with his performance on Saturday. 

Hazard: Hazard continues to be the biggest threat in the Chelsea lineup on a regular basis. It was his assist on the Ramires goal that turned out to be the difference maker. In total, the Belgian had six key passes. 

Torres: Aside from scoring the first Chelsea goal, Torres was silent for most of the match. 



Oscar: The young Brazilian came off the bench in the 62nd minute for Mata, but failed to make an impact on the match. 

Andre Schurrle: Despite playing just eight minutes, Schurrle did have two shots on goal. 

Demba Ba: Ba had a shot saved late in the second half by an outstretched Speroni. 

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