Chelsea

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

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, right, controls the ball in front of Stoke City's Geoff Cameron, left, during an English FA Cup 4th round soccer match against Stoke City at the Stamford Bridge ground in London, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Chelsea won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Lefteris Pitarakis
Alex DimondUK Lead WriterApril 5, 2014

Premier League, Stamford Bridge

CHELSEA 3-0 STOKE CITY (FT)

They started slowly and finished with limited ambition, but between that Chelsea dominated as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Stoke City on Saturday evening.

Mohamed Salah opened the scoring on his full league debut for the club, with Frank Lampard later adding another (sweeping home the rebound from his own missed penalty) and Willian clinching the points with a fine curling finish.

Here's how Chelsea's starters fared in the first and second halves.

Chelsea Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-TimeFull-Time
Petr Cech66
Branislav Ivanovic77
Gary Cahill66
John Terry66
Cesar Azpilicueta66
Frank Lampard67
Nemanja Matic78
Andre Schurrle77
Willian78
Mohamed Salah77
Fernando Torres66
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First half analysis

Petr Cech: Dealt comfortably when called upon to make a few interventions.

Branislav Ivanovic: Thought he had doubled Chelsea's advantage, but his header was ruled out for offside. It was one of many shots the right-back had in the first half.

John Terry: Struggled on occasions with his positioning and challenges with Peter Crouch, but helped his side remain mostly unthreatened in the first 45 minutes.

Gary Cahill: Comfortable alongside his usual partner.

Cesar Azpilicueta: Started with some uncharacteristic errors, but found his usual performance levels as the game wore on.

Frank Lampard: Pushed forward from midfield to occasional effect.

Nemanja Matic: Kept things tight in midfield, but then pushed forward to provide the assist for Salah's opener.

Andre Schurrle: Was an active threat for the home side, but occasionally made the wrong decision when in decent positions.

Willian: Impressed with his energy and drive throughout the half, and nearly provided Salah with his second goal.

Mohamed Salah: Scored the opener on his first league start for the Blues, a well-taken goal.

Fernando Torres: His effort could not be faulted, but once again his technique and finishing lacked a cutting edge when a few chances were presented to him.

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Second half analysis

Petr Cech: Claimed some high balls, but was otherwise a spectator.

Branislav Ivanovic: Less of an attacking threat in the second half, concentrating on his defensive duties.

John Terry: Enjoyed a more comfortable second half.

Gary Cahill: Kept a bit more occupied after Stoke changed their formation, but Arnautovic could not take advantage on the one occasion he was caught out.

Cesar Azpilicueta: Solid and dependable down the left.

Frank Lampard: Missed his penalty to make it 2-0, but will have been relieved to see the rebound fall back in his path as he pulled level with Kerry Dixon as the club's second all-time leading league goalscorer.

Nemanja Matic: Continued to dominate things from the base of midfield, keeping Chelsea in a comfortable position. Important.

Andre Schurrle: Withdrawn on the hour mark, Schurrle nevertheless made a good impression with his pressing and attacking thoughts.

Willian: His clinching goal was a beauty, and full deserved after a fluent attacking performance. Perhaps the best of the game.

Mohamed Salah: Enjoyed himself all afternoon, winning the penalty for Chelsea's second goal and continuing to sparkle.

Fernando Torres: A similar story to the first half—full of effort but lacked that final touch, much to his own frustration.

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