Ranking Chelsea’s 5 best players against Zenit in the UEFA Champions League

Ranking Chelsea's 5 best players against Zenit in the UEFA Champions League

Checkout the 5 best Chelsea players against Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg in their opening UEFA champions league victory.

Chelsea began their Champions League defense with a 1-0
win over Zenit St Petersburg at Stamford Bridge. The Blues
were nowhere near their best, but a sole goal in the second
half by club-record signing Romelu Lukaku helped them
grab all three points.
Thomas Tuchel will have a lot to think about as most of his
players were off the mark tonight. Mason Mount and Hakim
Ziyech were nowhere near their best, and the duo struggled
against the Russian side’s defense. Both players tried to
influence the game on multiple occasions, but Zenit were
able to keep them at bay.

However, the Blues found some inspiration in the second
half and managed to start their Champions League
campaign with a win. Here are five players who impressed
for Chelsea tonight at Stamford Bridge.
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#5 Antonio Rudiger

Once again, the defender was on top of his game, and Zenit
could not get past Antonio Rudiger tonight. Apart from
having a good day in the back-line, he went on a crazy run
and almost got a goal in the second half as well.
Rudiger’s best moment of the game came in the second
period. Sardar Azmoun raced through after a mistake by
Andreas Christensen and was ready to give Zenit the lead.
The Iranian forward managed to wriggle past the Chelsea
defense and was clear on goal. But before he could get a
shot away, Rudiger managed to put his foot in the way and
block the shot.
The German finished the game with a 94% past success
and that one very important tackle. It is safe to say that
Chelsea might not have gotten all three points without
Rudiger in the back-line tonight.
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#4 Jorginho

Jorginho was presented with the UEFA Men’s Player of the
Year award at the start of the game. In the 90 minutes on
the pitch, he showed exactly why he deserved it.
The Italian managed to control the game from the start,
and along with Kovacic, he ensured that Zenit did not enjoy
much possession. Jorginho was the focal point of all moves
and was determined to keep the ball in his side’s control.
The Chelsea vice-captain also finished with a 94% pass
success and made two crucial tackles when Zenit tried to
counter during the game.
Thomas Tuchel will be really happy with Jorginho’s
performance tonight. The Italian remains vital for the
German manager’s side to play well.

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#3 – Mateo Kovacic


Chelsea’s Croatian midfielder came into the game with a
goal and an assist in the win over Aston Villa over the
weekend. Mateo Kovacic did not disappoint against Zenit
either and covered most of the ground for the whole game.
Kovacic is fighting for a place in the starting 11 with N’Golo
Kante and Jorginho this season. Going by his recent
performances, there is no way the manager can drop him
any time soon. The Croatian kept the game ticking and
constantly pushed Zenit’s defense back into their box.
He finished the game with 101 passes and a pass success
of 97.8%. The game was not at high intensity, but without
Kovacic, Chelsea would have struggled to create chances
against Zenit.
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The Chelsea captain once again delivered tonight with a
solid display in defense. Apart from that one chance where
Sardar Azmoun managed to get past the back-line, Cesar
Azpilicueta was on top with this game from the first whistle.
The right center back did pick up a booking for elbowing
Sardar Azmoun during the game but kept his composure
and did not lunge into any tackles. Azpilicueta tried to get
the ball past the Zenit defense multiple times, and he
succeeded in the second half.
The Spaniard got the assist for the game’s lone goal as he
crossed the ball to Romelu Lukaku in the box for the striker
to convert. Azpilicueta also ended the game with over a
hundred passes attempted, and had a success rate of 90%.
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Once again, Romelu Lukaku has shown why Chelsea spent
a club-record £97.5 million to get him back to Stamford
Bridge. The Belgian striker scored from the half-chance he
got in the 69th minute, and that was enough for the reigning
Champions of Europe to pick up all three points.
Lukaku was isolated throughout the game by the Zenit
defense as they marked him tightly. However, one lofted
ball in by Azpilicueta was enough for the Chelsea forward to
create some space for himself and head the ball into the
back of the net.
Thomas Tuchel will be very happy with the Belgian’s
performance tonight. Lukaku made some excellent runs and
constantly asked for the ball to be played to him. However,
he did not receive sufficient service from Mason Mount and
Hakim Ziyech in the first half. The forward had to wait for
Kai Havertz to come on from the bench and help him out in
the second period.
#3 – Mateo Kovacic
Chelsea’s Croatian midfielder came into the game with a
goal and an assist in the win over Aston Villa over the
weekend. Mateo Kovacic did not disappoint against Zenit
either and covered most of the ground for the whole game.
Kovacic is fighting for a place in the starting 11 with N’Golo
Kante and Jorginho this season. Going by his recent
performances, there is no way the manager can drop him
any time soon. The Croatian kept the game ticking and
constantly pushed Zenit’s defense back into their box.
He finished the game with 101 passes and a pass success
of 97.8%. The game was not at high intensity, but without
Kovacic, Chelsea would have struggled to create chances
against Zenit.

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#2 – Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar

The Chelsea captain once again delivered tonight with a
solid display in defense. Apart from that one chance where
Sardar Azmoun managed to get past the back-line, Cesar
Azpilicueta was on top with this game from the first whistle.
The right center back did pick up a booking for elbowing
Sardar Azmoun during the game but kept his composure
and did not lunge into any tackles. Azpilicueta tried to get
the ball past the Zenit defense multiple times, and he
succeeded in the second half.
The Spaniard got the assist for the game’s lone goal as he
crossed the ball to Romelu Lukaku in the box for the striker
to convert. Azpilicueta also ended the game with over a
hundred passes attempted, and had a success rate of 90%.

#1 – Romelu Lukaku

Once again, Romelu Lukaku has shown why Chelsea spent
a club-record £97.5 million to get him back to Stamford
Bridge. The Belgian striker scored from the half-chance he
got in the 69th minute, and that was enough for the reigning
Champions of Europe to pick up all three points.
Lukaku was isolated throughout the game by the Zenit
defense as they marked him tightly. However, one lofted
ball in by Azpilicueta was enough for the Chelsea forward to
create some space for himself and head the ball into the
back of the net.
Thomas Tuchel will be very happy with the Belgian’s
performance tonight. Lukaku made some excellent runs and
constantly asked for the ball to be played to him. However,
he did not receive sufficient service from Mason Mount and
Hakim Ziyech in the first half. The forward had to wait for
Kai Havertz to come on from the bench and help him out in
the second period.

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