Chelsea Player Ratings vs Al-Hilal: Kepa, Kovacic, Ziyech, others stand out in 1-0 Club World Cup triumph

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 9

Not much for the Spaniard to do in the sticks in the first half but anything that did come his way he handled well, and he was good with his feet playing out from deep once again. He made a couple big saves in the second to keep Chelsea in the lead.

Andreas Christensen – 6

He was suspect to start with giving the ball away on a couple of occasions but he soon settled and put in some good tackles and kept his concentration at the back.

Thiago Silva – 7

Class as always and even put in a couple of nice first half challenges. Plays deep like a sweeper and foresees everything, was under pressure in the second half a lot more and dealt with it well.

Antonio Rudiger – 7

Nice easy game for him really at the back in the first half, but it was a different story in the second as Chelsea lost control and he had to defend for his life on a few occasions.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

He was playing very advanced and quite inverted on occasions for Chelsea as they controlled the game. Had to defend a lot more in the second half though and did his job well.

Mateo Kovacic – 9

His drive forward with the ball helped set up Chelsea’s opening goal at a time when they really needed to break the deadlock. Class performance from Kovacic who was one of Chelsea’s better players.

Jorginho – 7

Works very well alongside Kovacic as the pair control the game in midfield for Chelsea. He was rested at half time and came off for Kante.

Marcos Alonso – 5

He was OK in the first half and he looked to get involved in attacking plays as often as possible as he does. But his frailties at the back and getting easily beaten are clear to see once again once the tide turned and Al-Hilal started attacking more in the second half.

Hakim Ziyech – 8

Another very bright game for him as a lot of what Chelsea did good in an attacking sense came through the Moroccan once again. He came off in the second half for Mason Mount as Chelsea looked for more control.

Kai Havertz – 7

Worked very well combining with Lukaku and Ziyech up top for Chelsea, set up the first goal for Lukaku with some good work as well. A very nice technical game from him and he could have and probably should have got a goal himself too and was a little wasteful in the final third.

Romelu Lukaku – 6

First half goal gave him some needed confidence and he looked a bit more comfortable today. He still wasn’t involved anywhere near enough as he should be and faded a lot in the second half.

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N’Golo Kante on for Jorginho (HT) – 6

Some sloppy passes from Kante but other than that he worked hard and put a few good tackles in.

Mason Mount on for Ziyech (72 mins) – 6

Tried to inject some energy and gain some control, but Chelsea continued to struggle.

Malang Sarr for Alonso (86 mins) – N/A

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