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Chelsea players’ notes: Chalobah puts Southgate on alert, James getting better and better

The Blues were rewarded for their dominance in the first half when Trevoh Chalobah snagged a loose ball in the top corner after Antonio Rudiger knocked down from a corner.

Reece James doubled the hosts’ lead with a superbly taken half volley ten minutes into the break and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored three soon after.

Substitute Timo Werner added some shine with a close finish with virtually the last kick of the game.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Stamford Bridge to assess Chelsea players …

Edouard Mendy – 7

A quiet night until a late acrobatic stop to deny Weston McKennie. Did Silva have to thank for clearing the line after being beaten to the ball by Alvaro Morata shortly after Chalobah’s goal.

Trevoh Chalobah – 8

Well done, but his calm and often pragmatic defense was equally impressive. Gareth Southgate is surely watching his progress with interest.

Thiago Silva – 8

His brilliant clearance on Morata’s chip goal line was worth as much as a goal. A vintage and serene display at the heart of the last three.

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Antonio Rudiger – 8

A constant threat to attack set pieces, so no surprise he helped Chalobah – albeit with a hint of arm. I enjoyed going forward with the ball and bonded well with Hudson-Odoi and Chilwell.

Reece james – 9

He made his superb goal look easy to cap another excellent rear wing display. Now Chelsea’s top scorer this season and apparently getting better with every game.

Ben Chilwell – 8

Wasted a few early openings in the box but moved forward well and crossed for James’ goal. Expelled in a certain malaise, which will concern Thomas Tuchel.

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N’Golo Kanté – 7

In the mood to enter Juve’s box and help Chelsea control the first half before being forced out, possibly with a kick.

Jorginho – 7

Chelsea continued to turn and seemed most likely to unlock Juve’s stubborn first-half defense.

Hakim Ziyech – 7

His corner set up the first goal and he was involved in some nice runs, including a one-two to free Hudson-Odoi. His belated cross set up Werner.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 8

Full of threat all night long and got it right. Decision making in the final third could still improve, but he is gaining influence for Chelsea.

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Christian Pulisic – 5

He didn’t look comfortable as a false nine and struggled to break through against massive pair Leonardo Bonucci and Matthijs de Ligt. Played his part in a great team performance, however.

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Ruben Loftus-Joue (Kante, 37 ‘) – 8

Woven through Juve’s defense to create Hudson-Odoi’s goal as their resurgence continued. Used the ball intelligently and sought to leap forward when possible, including on a late effort which was well saved.

Timo Werner (Pulisic, 71 ‘) – 7

Returning from injury in a boost for Tuchel and scored to the death. Earlier he almost scored a goal for Loftus-Cheek with a nice assist.

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chilwell, 71 ‘) – 6

Reinforce the left flank after Chilwell exits with an injury.

Saul Niguez (Jorginho, 76 ‘) – 6

Introduced to give Jorginho a break and keep the ball for the final 15 minutes.

Mont Mason (Hudson-Odoi, 76 ‘) – 6

Used the ball well as Chelsea ran out of time.

Not used: Kepa, Bettinelli, Alonso, Christensen, Lukaku, Barkley, Sarr.


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