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Chelsea vs. Stoke City: Live Player Ratings for the Blues

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  A dejected Frank Lampard of Chelsea and teammates walk off the pitch following his team's 3-2 defeat  during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Chelsea at Britannia Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJanuary 26, 2014

The FA Cup fourth-round magic continues as Jose Mourinho's Chelsea host Mark Hughes' Stoke City.

The Potters have a good recent record against the Blues but rarely fare well at Stamford Bridge, so will we see a veritable "Cupset," or will Eden Hazard and Co. roll on?

Here, we'll be grading the Chelsea players at the half-time and full-time intervals, so stay tuned and see if you agree with our thoughts!



Chelsea XI vs. Stoke City
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Mark SchwarzerGK77
Branislav IvanovicRB77
David LuizCB66
Gary CahillCB77
Ashley ColeLB77
Nemanja MaticDM78
Frank LampardDM77
Andre SchurrleRW67
Eden HazardLW89
Samuel Eto'oST77
Demba BaSTN/AN/A


Mark Schwarzer: Was baited into (wrongly) coming for a dangerous cross, but didn't have much to do overall.

Branislav Ivanovic: A quiet outing for the Serbian, who was rarely tested down the right and didn't get forward much.

David Luiz: Appeared to irritate Mourinho over and over again and struggled greatly with Peter Crouch.

Gary Cahill: Solid as always, titanic in the air.

Ashley Cole: Stoke favourited their right in attack but got little joy out of Cole. Offensively he was limited.

Nemanja Matic: Tidy on the ball and well organised off it. Looked right at home, a stunning signing.

Frank LampardRelatively decent in the centre, missed a sitter to double the lead, but looked solid enough.

Andre Schurrle: Looked a little rusty, but that's understandable. Ryan Shawcross superbly denied him a certain goal and he hit the post in the second half.

Oscar: Sensational from the Brazilian, scoring a genius free-kick to break the deadlock. Hit the post. Immense throughout.

Eden Hazard: A constant live-wire, not one Stoke player has any idea how to stop him and created many, many chances. Man of the Match.

Samuel Eto'o:  A threat in and around the box, good linking play, but a complete lack of deadliness in front of goal.

Ramires (sub): Got involved immediately after coming on and missed a good chance from two yards.



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