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“He is so essential to Chelsea’s progress” – Full player ratings as the Blues batter Everton 4-0 at the Bridge

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 16:10, 8 March 2020

In a one-sided afternoon of football, Chelsea smashed Everton in the Premier League.

The victory helped Chelsea consolidate their grip on fourth place, while the Toffees are languishing in 12th.

Here’s how the players rated at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 – Had very little to do but did it competently.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – Competent and solid at the back, making more tackles (3) than any of his team-mates.

Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Never looked fuffled and continually shut down Everton attacks.

Kurt Zouma – 6 – Caught on the ball by Richarlison in the first-half, luckily for him no goal came of it. Otherwise reasonable.

Marcos Alonso – 6 – Had precious little to do defensively and wasn’t even needed as a killer in attack.

Billy Gilmour – 8 – Phenomenally comfortable in the middle of the park. Played (80) and completed (74) more passes than anyone else on the pitch, including more than anyone in the opposing half (37) too. A driving force through the middle late on.

Ross Barkley – 8 – A really impressive showing from Barkley, creating more chances than anyone else on the pitch (6) including a sublime assist for Pedro’s goal.

Mason Mount – 8 – Started the game in white hot form – and was a constant threat to Everton. Opened the scoring with a stunning turn and strike and was always available to drive the Blues forward. Had to go off injured but showed today why he is so essential to Chelsea’s progress as he adds a goal threat they can so often lack.

Willian – 8 – Looked electric yet again. Despite his age he appears to have rediscovered a yard of pace ala Arjen Robben. Scored a sensational third goal and was the most creative player on the pitch before he got subbed off, whipping in a cross for Chelsea’s fourth.

Pedro – 8 – Made several threatening runs in behind to keep Everton‘s defence stretched. Doubled Chelsea‘s lead with a lovely run and finish. Looked sharp once again.

Olivier Giroud – 8 – An effortless display of target man football yet again from the Frenchman. Always available for team-mates to keep things ticking over. Got his reward with the fourth goal of the game, tucking home Willian’s cross.

Substitutes:

Reece James (for Mount 60′) – 6 – Replaced the injured Mount and played well.

Faustino Anjorin (for Willian 71′) – 6 – Could have scored but for a sloppy first-touch. Looked bright on his Premier League debut.

Armando Broja (for Giroud 86′) – n/a – Came on late for his Premier League debut.

Everton

Jordan Pickford – 5 – Produced a great save from Mount’s early volley. Couldn’t do much about the four efforts smashed past him.

Djibril Sidibé – 4 – A bafflingly terrible display. Did nothing in attack and despite making 5 tackles he couldn’t stop Chelsea from raiding.

Michael Keane – 5 – Not the best afternoon.

Mason Holgate – 3 – Couldn’t live with Willian’s pace or pretty much anyone’s movement. A shocking performance as he failed to mark Pedro for Chelsea‘s second, close down Willian for Chelsea‘s third or mark Giroud for Chelsea‘s fourth.

Lucas Digne – 5 – Pulled all over the place by Chelsea’s attacking play.

André Gomes – 4 – Made just 1 tackle and look lost trying to keep up with the hurricane of Chelsea movement.

Tom Davies – 4 – Should have been in his element running and pressing, but was well short.

Gylfi Sigurdsson – 5 – Offered nothing in attack.

Bernard – 4 – Was so poor he got hooked at half-time.

Richarlison – 6 – Was excellent when dispossessing Zouma and setting up Calvert-Lewin. Starved of service for so long he couldn’t do anything to turn the tide.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – 4 – Couldn’t celebrate his new contract with a goal despite being presented with a glorious chance 25 minutes in. Somehow chipped wide from close range and defined the flow of the contest.

Substitutes:

Theo Walcott (for Bernard 46′) – 5 – Added nothing.

Moise Kean (for Davies 58′) – 5 – Didn’t effect the match as Everton would have liked.

Anthony Gordon (for Calvert-Lewin 76′) – 5 – Came on for his Premier League debut.

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