Chelsea v RZ Pellets - Player ratings

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Chelsea fans hoping for an insight into how dominant their side might be this season will have felt slight disappointment watching their side toil to a 1-1 draw with Austrian side RZ Pellets.

Jose Mourinho handed a debut to new signing Filipe Luis, and named a side wealthy in talent and experience, but his Blues side were ultimately unable to get the better of their opponents, despite enjoying large periods of possession.

Chelsea even went behind in the second half, with a goal which Petr Cech clearly felt had not crossed the line, and Mourinho's men left it late to salvage some face, with substitute Jeremie Boga sparing their blushes with a well executed finish.

Here GMS gives you the player ratings from tonight's clash: 

Petr Cech: Looked commanding and assertive as always, and his performances have taken on a new significance thanks to Thibaut Courtois breathing down his neck. Almost produced a wonder save when Pellets scored, only for the ball to be deemed to have crossed the line. 7/10

Filipe Luis: Looked tidy defensively in the first-half, and intervened more than once when Pellets looked likely to bundle a goal in. Will want to get forward more as his fitness improves, but Mourinho looks to have signed a real player here. 6/10

Kurt Zouma: The youngster looked assured at the back, and put in a number of positive tackles. Was caught on his heels for the cross which provided Pellets' goal, but overall a tidy performances from a player who may yet be loaned out for the season. 6/10

John Terry: In all fairness Terry didn't have too much to do due to Chelsea dominating proceedings, but he was assured in everything he did undertake. Will have helped ease Zouma and Luis in, and they will have been thankful for his presence. 6/10

Branislav Ivanovic: Typically robust showing from the Serbian. Neat and tidy without being overly flashy, Ivanovic was one of the senior members in the starting line-up, and looked comfortably throughout. Perhaps could have given more going forward, but that will come as the pre-season develops. 6/10

Marco van Ginkel: Though by no means looking out of his depth, Van Ginkel will have perhaps wanted to give more in a rare start for the club. Kept possession well throughout the first half but never really threatened to build much of note. Neat performance will have given Mourinho food for thought however. 7/10

Nemanja Matic: Dominant as expected, but Matic's defensive talents are somewhat wasted against such limited opposition - all due respect to Pellets. The big midfielder marauded somewhat on mazy runs, but was effective in shielding the back four against any central danger. Will be a huge player for Chelsea this term. 7/10

Mohamed Salah: Threatened through the match but never really delivered when given the chance to do so. On a number of occasions he found himself in good positions to drive at the defence, but looked a little off the pace. An average performance which is unlikely to put him ahead of the likes of Willian, Andre Schurrle and Eden Hazard. 5/10

Lewis Baker: Looked good given his tender years, and wasn't fazed by the occasion. In a front three largely devoid of experience he held his own, and probing runs gave Pellets something to think about. 6/10

Isaiah Brown: Another youngster given his chance to impress, Brown was good but squandered arguably the best chance of the first-half. Lively enough and certainly one for the future, but he'll need to hone his trade plenty more before he's the finished product. 5/10

Patrick Bamford: Served Chelsea well as a target man, and often looked to get behind the defenders. Lacking top level experience, which is no problem at all given his age, but he often made the right decisions in the right places. A couple more loan spells and he'll be ready to fight for a place in Mourinho's first-team. 7/10


Nathan Ake - Replaced Luis and looked confident when on the ball. Nothing too eye-catching - 6/10

Oriel Romeu - Not given much time to make a mark, but did well considering - 6/10

Nathaniel Chalobah - Brought on for Nemanja Matic late on, didn't do anything of note - N/A

Jeremie Boga - Gave Chelsea energy and drive and produced tidy equalising goal - 8/10

Andres Christensen - Replaced Brown, but didn't manage to create many chances late on - N/A

Dominic Solanke - Came on for Bamford in the second half, but didn't manage to get his name on the scoresheet - 6/10

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