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Chelsea 4-4 Man City: Player Ratings from a Premier League classic at Stamford Bridge

By James Amey

Published: 18:51, 12 November 2023

Just one week after their 4-1 victory over Tottenham, Chelsea were involved in another Premier League classic against Man City at Stamford Bridge. 

Cole Palmer came back to haunt his former side as he scored a stoppage time penalty to make it 4-4 in an end-to-end affair in West London, with a point seeming a fair result for both sides.

Erling Haaland had given City the lead in the 25th minute from the penalty spot after being fouled by Cucurella, before a Thiago Silva header and a typical back-post tap in from Raheem Sterling made it 2-1 to the away side. The first half drama wasn’t over however, as Akanji was allowed all the space in the world to make it 2-2.

The second half started just like the first with Erling Haaland putting City back in front, before Nico Jackson and Rodri traded goals and former City player Cole Palmer ensured both teams left the game with a point apiece with a coolly taken spot kick in the 95th minute.

Here’s how the players rated at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea 

Robert Sanchez – 7 – Made a fantastic save to deny Erling Haaland in the first half, but had no chance with any of the Man City goals.

Reece James – 8 – Proving exactly why he has been linked to replace Kyle Walker at Man City. Dealt expertly with the tricky Doku, whilst also being a huge threat going forward at the same time, robbing the ball from Gvardiol in the box before laying it on a plate for Raheem Sterling. Replaced after 64 minutes as he continues his recovery from injury.

Axel Disasi – 7 – Was a ball magnet in his own box, making more clearances than any other Chelsea player (7).

Thiago Silva – 7 – Became just the fourth player aged 39 or older to score in a Premier League match with a glancing header past Ederson to score his first goal of the season.

Marc Cucurella – 5 – Stupidly dragged down Erling Haaland in the box when Thiago Silva had the situation covered giving the referee and VAR a decision to make when it could have been avoided.

Moises Caicedo – 6 – Game seem to pass him by and is nowhere the player we saw in big games at Brighton.

Conor Gallagher – 8 – A tenacious midfield display, covering every blade of grass and never giving City a minutes peace. His pin point corner found Thiago Silva to score Chelsea’s first goal against Man City across any competition in 617 minutes of play against the Citizens, meaning he has now provided more league assists than any other Chelsea player this campaign (4).

His fierce shot was spilled into the path of Nico Jackson, who made it 3-3.

Cole Palmer – 9 – The 21-year-old showed he had balls of steel to step up and take a stoppage time penalty to make it 4-4 against his former side to make it four goals in his last five league games. One of the first names on Mauricio Pochettino’s team sheet after his move from the Etihad in the summer after some fantastic displays week after week.

It was the latest penalty scored by Chelsea in the Premier League since Eden Hazard against West Brom in November 2013 (95:18).

Pep Guardiola will wish he had never let him go.

Enzo Fernandez – 6 – Back in a deeper role alongside Caicedo, but struggled. Gave the ball away too many times and not up to his usual high standards. Replaced after 64 minutes.

Raheem Sterling – 9 – An incredible performance against his former side. Ran at the City defence at every opportunity, weaving in and out as his former teammates tried to stop him. Was rewarded with a typical Sterling goal at the back post, but it was his work rate that made him stand out the most, winning the ball back up the pitch on more than one occasion, putting his side on the front foot.

He was everywhere.

Nicolas Jackson – 6 – Was incredibly quiet for 66 minutes until he popped up with the equaliser to make it 3-3 after Ederson spilled Conor Gallagher’s fierce strike from outside the box.

Substitutes:

Malo Gusto (for James 64′) – 5 – Missed a HUGE chance to put Chelsea ahead late on.

Mykhaylo Mudryk (for Enzo 64′) – 6 – Made a good run in the build up to Chelsea’s third.

Armando Broja (for Caicedo 90′) – 7 – Won the penalty to make the game 4-4.

Lesley Ugochukwu (for Jackson 90+6′) – N/A – A late sub.


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Man City 

Ederson – 6 – Conceded 3+ times for the first time since the Manchester derby last season. Spilled Conor Gallagher’s drive for Nico Jackson to equalise.

Kyle Walker – 6 – Enjoyed his battle with Raheem Sterling, but for once may have actually come out on the losing side.

Manuel Akanji – 8 – Brought City level with a thumping header after being left all alone in the Chelsea box to make it three goals in his last three games across all competitions. Made a superb last man tackle with 15 minutes remaining when it looked like Nico Jackson was away.

Ruben Dias – 6 – Had a solid game up until the 92nd minute when he scythed down Armando Broja in the box.

Josko Gvardiol – 5 – Got his feet all wrong allowing Reece James to square the ball to Raheem Sterling to put Chelsea infront.

Rodri – 6 – For 85 minutes, it was an uncharacteristic poor performance from the Spaniard, losing possession on multiple occasions. He then popped up with what seemed like the winner with less than five minutes remaining on the clock with a deflected strike, before Chelsea’s late equaliser.

Bernardo Silva – 7 – Expertly found Manuel Akanji free in the box for City’s equaliser and it was his cross that led to the penalty.

Phil Foden – 6 – Kept trying, but nothing really came off for the forward this evening.

Julian Alvarez – 7 – Won’t officially be awarded an assist by Opta, but his cross meant Erling Haaland couldn’t miss to put City ahead early in the second half.

Jeremy Doku – 6 – A disappointing evening for the Belgian after an incredible display against Bournemouth last week. Looked to beat his man every time he got the ball, but held on to it for too long on more than occasion. Booked for simulation before being subbed.

Erling Haaland – 7 – Won the penalty and then scored the penalty, before being denied a second by Robert Sanchez in the first half. Soon made up for that in the second half however, sliding in to put City back infront less than two minutes after the break.

Has now scored against 19 of 21 sides he has faced in the Premier League, setting a new record for the most Premier League goals scored in a calendar year for the Citizens.

Substitutes:

Jack Grealish (for Doku 59′) – 6 – Offered more than Doku.

Mateo Kovacic (for Alvarez 79′) – 6 – A late cameo on his return to Stamford Bridge.

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