Champions League: Chelsea vs Internazionale Leg Two Player Ratings
Turnbull: 5.0 The keeper wasn’t here nor there, but was beaten for the crucial away goal that eliminated the Blues. Wasn’t at fault, but also didn’t make any saves worthy of mention.
Zhirkov: 5.5 The Russian overcame early rust to play a solid match. Big intervention on Inter break when he put an end to opportunity for Pandev.
Terry: 5.0 The captain decided to at least show up for this leg, but didn’t really announce himself with authority. Milito and Eto’o had their chances and space in his territory. He will be remembered from this match only for his whining to the referee at the final whistle.
Alex: 5.0 The Brazilian has seen better days in defense. Was caught out of position on numerous occasions and wasn’t involved in any big interventions of Inter attacks. Also was the man who kept Eto’o onside on the goal.
Ivanovic: 5.0 Was average at best in his display tonight. Was beaten by Eto’o on the crucial clinching goal.
Ballack: 5.0 The German once again hardly played a factor for his side. Sent an early chance buzzing by the post, but wasn’t mentioned in a positive manner for the rest of his time on the pitch.
Mikel Obi: 5.5 Won numerous balls in the deep midfield area but was far from a force or a match changer. Couldn’t contain Sneijder at all and made multipe effortless fouls.
Lampard: 5.5 A lot more was expected of the creative midfielder. Barely made an impact with his dribbling or shot and is surely disappointed in himself after this one. Let Cambiasso get the best of him.
Malouda: 6.5 Clearly the hungriest Blue on the pitch. Pushed hard up the wing and was constantly Chelsea’s best attacking option. Still couldn’t break through though and was second best to an Inter defender on multiple occasions (mostly Maicon).
Anelka: 5.0 The Frenchman couldn’t cash in on what was most likely Chelsea’s best chance of the night. Other than that an extremely uninvolved match.
Drogba: 5.0 Chelsea’s main man up front was once again shackled down by Inter’s central defense. He was visually frustrated and once again dismissed from the Champions League in a disgraceful manner after stamping on the ankles of Thiago Motta in the late minutes of the match.
Cole: 5.0 Subbed into the match in the 62nd. Applied early energy but once that instant adrenaline faded so did he.
Kalou : 5.5 Came into the match with just over 15 minutes to play. Also provided a short temporary burst that lasted a minimal amount of time.
Julio Cesar: 6.0 Aggressive close ranged stop on Anelka was his biggest stop of the match. Was barely challenged other than that, but got the clean sheet.
Zanetti: 6.0 The captain was consistent as always and helped guide his Inter side through lead by his patience and composure. Kept Anelka under control with ease.
Lucio: 6.5 Once again contributed successfully to the frustrating and marking of Drogba. Was aggressive and physical and always winning balls throughout the match and his own territory.
Samuel: 7.0 Made multiple blocks and clearances as the last line of defense for Inter. Was the sharper of the central duo on the night. Kept the defense organized and was a force in the back all match long.
Maicon: 7.0 Contained Chelsea’s best player for the match in preventing Malouda from producing anything fatal. Made a key block on a Drogba effort in the area late in the first half. Also did his usual work in attack on the right wing.
Thiago Motta: 6.0 Gritty performance that saw him involved with most of the dirty work in the midfield play for Inter. Was definitely a frustrating player for the Blues, especially in the second half.
Cambiasso : 7.0 Another strong performance from the Argentine. Prevented Lampard space to produce anything threatening and clearly is as underrated as they come when it comes to defensive midfielders. Was constantly intercepting passes in his own end.
Sneijder: 7.5 The Dutchman was the most magical man on the pitch tonight. His creativity and run springing passes were the key to every Inter attack. His perfect ball produced an assist as it sprung Eto’o loose to finish off the Blues. Was constantly a threat on every set piece.
Pandev: 5.5 Wasn’t as useful in attack as he should have been. Wasted a great opportunity by not pulling the trigger on a chance in the area when he had time and space. Still put his energy to use in tracking back for his Inter side.
Milito: 6.0 The striker wasn’t as strong as he was in the first leg. Was caught offside on numerous occasions and wasted a couple chances to hit the net. Still contributed by holding up possession nicely and making constant runs off the ball.
Eto’o: 6.5 The striker buried the winner to erase any disappointments from his side’s supporters. Was having an unproductive match to that point as he was out of control and running around in a frantic useless pace. But that will never be remembered as his sharp run and smooth finish are what the doctor ordered to advance his Inter side to the quarters.
Stankovic: 5.5 Subbed into match in the 75th minute.
Man of the Match- Wesley Sneijder, Inter
Referee Wolfgang Stark: 6.0
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