Premier League leaders Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday evening.
Jose Mourinho’s side were left frustrated by Gus Poyet’s men, who battled hard and looked the more likely team to snatch all three points in the closing stages of the second half.
Overall, a 0-0 draw was probably a fair result. But how did Mourinho’s men perform on the night?
Thibaut Courtois: 7
Chelsea required a cool and calm presence in between the sticks, and that’s exactly what they have with the unflappable Thibaut Courtois. Always alert and ready to alleviate the pressure off his defence when required.
Branislav Ivanovic: 7
Usually a little more adventurous going forwards, but may have been instructed by Jose Mourinho to focus on the defensive side of his game today. Decent enough, in any case.
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John Terry: 7.5
Sunderland’s defenders will take the plaudits for holding Chelsea to a 0-0 draw, but John Terry and his centre-back partner Gary Cahill deserve just as much praise for their solid displays.
Gary Cahill: 7
Defended stoically and posed a constant threat in the Sunderland penalty area at set-pieces.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
Jose Mourinho thinks so highly of the Spaniard because he’s ultra-reliable - and today was no different.
Nemanja Matic: 8
A composed colossus in midfield. Nemanja Matic is undoubtedly one of the best signings of 2014 and continues to become more and more influential for Jose Mourinho’s side. Superb today.
Cesc Fabregas: 7
Typically neat and tidy with his passing. Did little wrong, but couldn’t prize apart Sunderland’s resolute defence.
Hit the post with a fierce first-half effort and left the Sunderland defence with twisted blood at times, but failed to produce the piece of magic that might have secured all three points for the visitors.
Worked hard in both halves of the pitch. Never shirked his defensive responsibilities, which will have delighted manager Jose Mourinho. Subbed for Didier Drogba with 15 minutes remaining.
Eden Hazard: 7
A constant threat in the first half, but his influence waned after the break. Sunderland, to their credit, kept Chelsea’s star man relatively quiet tonight.
Diego Costa: 6.5
Became increasingly frustrated as the match wore on and was fortunate to avoid a straight red card for catching Wes Brown with a trailing arm in the second half. Will subsequently miss Wednesday night’s match against Tottenham.
Didier Drogba: 6.5
Tested Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon moments after coming on but couldn’t win the match for Chelsea.
Loic Remy: 6
Failed to make an impact after coming on in the closing stages.
Andre Schurrle: 6
Brought on with minutes left to play.
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