CHELSEA snatched all three points at Cardiff thanks to late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
However the 2-1 win covered an otherwise lacklustre performance by Maurizio Sarri’s side as they offered little creativity or energy in Wales.
Here’s how SunSport rated the performances of Sarri’s players.
Was quick off his line when needed but was not troubled before the goal, which was unsaveable. Flapped at a corner on the hour mark but got away with it.
Had a golden chance to put Chelsea one up just before half-time as Willian fizzed the ball in but the left-back failed to adjust his body and his right-footed effort whizzed past. Carelessly held onto Sean Morrison’s shirt on 32 minutes and got away with conceding a penalty, but set up Chelsea’s equaliser with a flick on header.
Saw a speculative effort drift way wide in the first 15 minutes, looking to start attacks with balls down the middle. Was more than fortunate not to be sent off after taking down Kenneth Zohore who was racing through on goal.
Commanding in the air but shy of the creative passing that has seen him become a favourite of Maurizio Sarri.
One on one battle with Junior Hoilett all game and saw his right hand side exposed at times after drifting into the middle too often. Reacted well to head home an equaliser after Alonso flicked the ball on.
Kept the ball well enough but rarely found a killer pass from deep. Failed to track the run of Victor Camarasa in behind too often.
String of misplaced passes, caught on the ball at times and looked one or two steps off the mark. Made no attempts to get forward into the box and create an attack bar one wild effort.
Lacked creativity on and off the ball, and a shadow of the player that shone for England in Montenegro at the start on the week.
Looked positive on the ball cutting in from the left and came close with a free kick that just sailed wide in the first-half. Came close with a left-footed drilled effort that grazed past the post on 74 minutes and saw his performance rewarded after setting up Loftus-Cheek to score the winner.
Willain was arguably Chelsea’s most creative player all game[/caption]
Looked slow to react when the ball was fed to his feet, lacked the creative runs off the ball otherwise his best asset of recent games. Replaced by Olivier Giroud on 77 minutes after a frustrating game.
The closest player to Camarassa when he volleyed the opener, but could not react to get across to pick the scorer up. After a quiet 50 minutes was replaced by Eden Hazard.
Replaced Pedro on 52 minutes and instantly looked to make an impact with runs on and off the ball.
Came on for Jorginho on 63 minutes and charged into the box but picking up the ball Hazard failed to get a shot off. Headed home the winner from a Willian cross to snatch all three points.
Came on for Higuain on 77 minutes but did not have too much impact.