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Schalke v Chelsea: Player ratings

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Chelsea strolled towards the knockout stages of the Champions League with a comprehensive 5-0 5-0 win over Schalke at the Veltins-Arena.

John Terry got the ball rolling with a fine header, before Willian doubled the lead with less than 30 minutes gone. Things went form bad to worse for the home side as Jan Kirchhoff steered the ball into his own net in a calamitous fashion.

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Didier Drogba kicked the game back into life late on in the second half as he made it 4-0, while fellow substitute Ramires made it five almost immediately. Chelsea are perhaps the most in-form team in Europe right now - but who are the individuals driving them forward?

Check out in our player ratings below! 

Courtois - 6: Had very little to do but what did, he did well. Remains one of the most accomplished 'keepers in Europe.

Ivanovic - 7: Almost scored with a fantastic volley which would have capped another solid performance from the Serbian.

Terry - 7.5: Opened the scoring with towering header. Once again put in a fine display as he led his team to victory in Germany.

Cahill - 6.5: Much like his defensive partner, was largely untroubled and coasted through the game. As solid and consistent as ever - Chelsea fans would expect nothing less.

Azpilicueta - 6: The Spaniard is keeping a rather expensive defender in the form of Filipe Luis out of the team for a very good reason; he's never let Mourinho down. He broke up play well too on the rare occasions that Schalke had the ball. 

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Fabregas - 10: What else is there to say about Cesc Fabregas. He provided the perfect cross for John Terry's opener and in truth could have had a hatful of assists to his name by the end. Chelsea are playing brilliantly as a team but it is the Spaniard who is standing out above the rest.

Matic - 10: Nemanja Matic is an absolute beast. There are few better in the world of football who are better at his job than the Serbian. He eats up the ground, rattles into tackles and breaks up play. If Chelsea's flair players get the headlines, it's because Matic is doing his job well.

Willian - 7.5: the Brazilian got his goal to double Chelsea's lead early on - albeit somewhat fortuitously thanks to some dubious goalkeeping - and ran hard throughout. 

Oscar - 7: There was little wrong with Oscar's play, he put in a shift and perhaps could have scored but there is a little spark missing from the Brazilian that made him one of Chelsea's best players in his first few seasons.

Hazard - 10: Eden Hazard is hitting his peak form just at the right time as the games start to come thick and fast. The Belgian did everything except get on the scoresheet. He bagged an assist for Willian and played a key role in Chelsea's fifth. There's little he can't do.

Costa -7.5: there hasn't been many times this season when Costa hasn't been the centre of attention but tonight was certainly one of those occasions. The Spanish international did nothing wrong and looked lively throughout though.

Subs

Drogba - 7, Ramires - 7, Schurrle, 6

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