Chelsea player ratings vs Crystal Palace: Ruben Loftus-Cheek makes big impact with overly passive Jorginho

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Helsea reached their third successive FA Cup final with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley on Easter Sunday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount scored after a close first half to put Thomas Tuchel’s side through to their second domestic cup final of the season.

James Robson was at Wembley to rate Chelsea players

Edouard Mendy 7

Wonder save kept Kouyate at bay in the first half and Chelsea level when Palace looked most threatening.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

Played at wing with James inside as the third of a central defensive line. It cost Chelsea dearly from an attacking perspective.

Reece James 8

It’s understandable that Tuchel opted to play him in the center to try and cope with the pace of Palace’s attacks and it worked in a defensive sense.

Andreas Christensen 9

Chelsea’s best player in the first half – denying Mateta early on, then Zaha later. His pace and anticipation were crucial.

Antonio Rudiger 8

His speed meant Palace struggled to get behind despite their directs up front.

Jorginho 5

Not effective enough with his use of the ball. Too passive on too many occasions when Chelsea needed something more incisive.

Mateo Kovacic 5

Tuchel desperately hopes his injury isn’t serious. Deserved start after his exceptional form in recent weeks, but his inability to shake off an early ankle twist was not a good sign.

Marcos Alonso 6

Didn’t advance as much as might have been expected but that was because of the threat posed by Palace during the break.

mason mount 7

Quality finishing killed this play. He failed to burst through the Palace defense on too many occasions, but it was vital.

Kai Havertz 7

Two decisive moments from him led to goals for Chelsea. His run and cross deflected into Loftus-Cheek’s path for the opening goal – and it was his lobbed cross to Werner that led to Mount’s strike.

Timo Werner 7

He is enjoying his best spell for Chelsea. Real composure in setting up Mount’s goal – first to control the ball to his chest, then to pick the pass.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Kovacić, 26) 8

Unlucky not to start after his exceptional performance against Real Madrid. His flashy runs put Chelsea on center stage in the second half. Brilliant goal.

Romelu Lukaku (Havertz, 76) 4

I didn’t have much time to make an impact.

N’Golo Kante (Jorginho, 76) 5

Surprised to see him dismissed. Tuchel saves his legs for Arsenal.

hakim ziyech (Mount, 76) 5

It didn’t take long for a swing at goal and danger as Palace gave space at the back.

Thiago Silva (Christensen, 82)

Replacements: Arrizabalaga, Pulisic, Saul, Sarr


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