Chelsea Vs Wolves:Player Ratings
Chelsea coasted to victory over Wolves to ensure they will be playing Champions League football next season. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea Vs Wolves:Player Ratings
Willy Caballero: 6
Kepa’s replacement made an awkward save from a mis-hit first-half cross and showed safe hands to keep hold of Diogo Jota’s well-struck effort after the interval.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
He got away with a rash decision to try to nip in and win possession in the second half which could have easily led to Jota scoring but was otherwise very comfortable in the back three.
Kurt Zouma: 7
The towering French defender made a vital, potentially goal-saving intervention in each half and was commanding and impressive throughout.
Antonio Rudiger: 7
Once again the German was too ambitious with his passing, although one raking cross-field pass almost led to a first-half goal. But his defensive work was excellent.
Reece James: 7
James looks made for the wing-back role, where his quality on the ball, strength in possession and intelligent running shone through.
Chelsea’s fall-guy showed how crucial he can be in controlling matches, using the ball effectively and patrolling the area in front of his back three with typical composure. But Jorginho was also happy to push forward at times, knowing he had more security and was less likely to get exposed for his lack of pace.
Mateo Kovacic: 8
A standout performance from the Croatian, whose ability in tight areas and willingness to run from deep and commit players injects pace and brings a whole new dynamic to the midfield. Offered great cover to Marcos Alonso after Wolves brought on Adama Traore at half-time.
Marcos Alonso: 7
The left wing-back was targeted by the visitors before the break, but just about stood firm and remained effective in attack. He did well against the phenomenal pace of Traore in the second half.
Mason Mount: 9
Mount’s free-kick opener was exquisite and his pass for Olivier Giroud’s strike equally classy. One goal and one assist were the obvious highlights but his energy, closing down, running off the ball and tackling back were just as impressive.
Christian Pulisic: 6
A day where almost nothing fell for Pulisic despite constantly posing questions of the Wolves defence. His first touch too often deserted him against a side who clearly recognised the danger and were quick to double up on the American winger. He played a crucial part in setting up the second goal though.
Olivier Giroud: 8
His sixth goal in six games was brilliantly taken, showcasing his awareness, deft touch and determination, and was a fitting reward for a confident display where his fine link-up play set the foundation for a richly deserved victory.
Tammy Abraham: 6
Showed some good touches in his 15 minutes on the pitch. Might have done better with a free header from a late corner and was guilty of wasting a glorious three-on-two chance late on when he had two players in great positions.
The departing Spaniard got a brief chance to bid farewell to the Premier League, but saw almost no action after coming on late in the day with the game as good as done.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 6
Like Pedro, he saw little of the ball but did nothing wrong and took no silly risks.