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Chelsea FC player ratings vs Everton: Mount anonymous, Koulibaly impressive and Sterling a creative force on his debut

Jorginho won the match at the end of the first half after Ben Chilwell was found guilty of a foul in the penalty area by Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Raheem Sterling was brilliant on his debut and Kalidou Koulibaly reasonably solid, with Marc Cucurella coming off the bench for the final 30 minutes, just a day after joining Chelsea.

Nizaar Kinsella was at Goodison Park where Thomas Tuchel’s side overtook their former manager.

Edouard Mendy – 6

The Blues keeper made several important saves at Goodison Park, including a header from James Tarkowski in the first half and Abdoulaye Doucoure in the second half. However, he had communication problems with his defense for balls behind and beat a few crosses. A mixed day.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 5

The Chelsea captain struggled with the pace of the Toffees’ attack as they played three wingers in a front line with no forwards available. Despite the positivity of his contract renewal, there are signs that his pre-season wasn’t the ideal preparation for the new season with Barcelona trying to turn his head.

Thiago Silva – 8

Another season has passed and Chelsea’s own Benjamin Button continues to orchestrate his defence. The key leader at the back, even amid a slew of new signings. He made a crucial block to prevent Demarai Gray from scoring early in the second half and cut off another counterattack involving him and Anthony Gordon.

Kalidou Koulibaly – 6

His impressive through ball at Chilwell led to the penalty incident, but he did at times seem a little shocked by the intensity of Premier League football. He should have been booked for persistent fouls in the second half, but Craig Pawson forgave. He did, however, look excellent in possession throughout.

Kaildou Koulibaly has finally made his Premier League debut

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Reece James – seven

Reece James had a flat pre-season, but when the real action started he backed off. He produced great crosses, created plenty of chances and played both right and left during the game.

N’Golo Kante – seven

A fierce display in midfield against one of the best fighters in the league. He produced a solid, quintessentially Kante display. He also threatened from midfield to run under on the wingers to provide another option. He bonded well with Sterling in particular.

Jorginho – 6

The Brazilian-born Italian’s tempo-setting game was largely disrupted by Everton’s dynamic and physical midfield. His coolly taken penalty was the highlight of his game, heading home against a Jordan Pickford keeper who saved his penalty in the Euro 2020 final. Interestingly, he used a different and more conventional technique this times after the England keeper telegraphed his last effort.

Ben Chilwell – 6

It takes patience with Ben Chilwell who looked out of pace at Goodison Park. He won the penalty with a smart run, but his touch and passing weren’t at a high level before the injury. This is understandable given that this is his first competitive start in nearly nine months.

mason mount – 5

One of Mason Mount’s most anonymous exhibits. So often either Chelsea’s savior or just a solid performer, he could barely come into the game at Everton. Still, he managed two shots on goal and his passes were relatively neat.

Kai Havertz – 5

A fairly toothless performance from the Blues target. The German international saw an early saved header and two more shots, but didn’t really come close to scoring.

Rahim Sterling – seven

Raheem Sterling was both a creative force and a scoring threat. His link-up play with midfield was excellent and he looked at it well on his debut. He will always have wanted a goal but was seconds away from scoring after following Kante’s shot to score early on. He was marginally and rightly ruled offside but what a start that could have been.

Raheem Sterling saw a potential first goal ruled out

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Marc Cucurella – seven

A truly brilliant but brief start after coming on in the 75th minute. He produced his usual high-intensity display with clever movement to produce overlapping, overlapping footage. He almost produced a glorious assist for Sterling but the shot was brilliantly blocked.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6

His direct run out of position at the back nearly saw him with a one-on-one, only to be knocked down by Vitalii Myolenko. If Chelsea don’t sign a new right-back, the home star will find himself at the back much more often.

Christian Pulisic – 6

Fueled by his usual frustration at being left on the bench, the American captain put a lot of energy into his team’s attack. He fired a shot from just over in the 89th minute. He did very well to earn a free-kick as Chelsea clung to victory in the 98th minute after a long punt.

Armand Broja – 6

He produced a deft dribble in the 88th minute to offer a brief glimpse of his direct ability to drive a defence. It was something he excelled at on loan at Southampton. His header on target was also saved in the 96th minute

Unused subtitles: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Trevoh Chalobah, Conor Gallagher, Hakim Ziyech

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