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Chelsea player ratings vs Sheffield United – Kepa, Gilmour, Pulisic standout as Blues progress

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Kepa Arrizabalaga

The Spaniard very a lot seems to be the Blues’ FA Cup goalkeeper and as soon as once more began within the competitors. First-choice stopper Edouard Mendy wasn’t even within the squad.

There have been a few routine pictures from distance for Kepa to save lots of and within the second interval, he produced a effective cease to push clear an effort from Oli McBurnie.

He additionally repelled a number of late efforts from the Blades as they chased an equaliser. 7

Andreas Christensen

After he missed the midweek victory over Atletico Madrid on account of sickness, Christensen was introduced again into the aspect and performed on the correct of the again three.

The Dane was largely untroubled by the place swap and received two vital aerial duels which ended promising Sheffield United assaults. Was introduced off after an hour. 7

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Kurt Zouma

A second successive begin for Zouma and as soon as once more he was deployed in the course of the again three.

There was one eye-catching second from the Frenchman within the first half when he used his physique to depart McBurnie on the ground and within the second interval he cleared a number of crosses into the Chelsea field, with one essential in denying the Blades late on. 7

Emerson

This was solely the Italy worldwide’s second begin beneath Tuchel and, simply as towards Barnsley within the FA Cup fifth spherical, it got here on the left of the again three.

There was little for Emerson to fret about within the opening interval with Chelsea accountable for the ball and the sport.

In the second half, he was extra concerned within the motion as the Blades pushed ahead in the hunt for an equaliser. 6

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Callum Hudson-Odoi

Brought again into the aspect at proper wing-back, Hudson-Odoi struggled to have a serious affect within the remaining third. He virtually linked with a wonderful Billy Gilmour move within the first half and flashed a shot over the crossbar having been teed up by Christian Pulisic within the second.

After Tuchel made a double change within the sixtieth minute, Hudson-Odoi was moved onto the left of the entrance three. But it was a moderately short-lived experiment as he was then introduced off for Kai Havertz quickly after. It was a quiet afternoon for the England worldwide. 6

Billy Gilmour

Tuchel spoke in regards to the Scotland Under-21 worldwide’s qualities within the build-up to the sport and he handed Gilmour a begin towards the Blades.

The midfielder hadn’t featured for Chelsea for the reason that fifth-round win over Barnsley however there was no signal of rustiness, maybe as a result of he just lately turned out for the event squad.

Gilmour’s composure shone as he knocked passes across the pitch and one virtually bought Hudson-Odoi in on objective.

The 19-year-old confirmed the opposite aspect of his sport within the second interval, with one crunching 50-50 deal with with John Fleck ensuing within the Chelsea teenager coming away with the ball. Was introduced off with 18 minutes to play as Tuchel tried to information the Blues to victory. 7

Mateo Kovacic

Tuchel is aware of precisely what he’s going to get from Kovacic now and the Croatian did not let the German coach down as soon as once more.

There have been the customary runs ahead with the ball to interrupt traces, the sensible passes and the fast interceptions.

Kovacic wasn’t as good within the second half as Sheffield United pushed for a winner however he continues to be a dependable presence. 7

Ben Chilwell

Returned at left wing-back on the expense of Marcos Alonso, Chilwell performed a vital function within the Blues opener as it was his low drive throughout the penalty space that was turned in by Oliver Norwood.

Was quiet after the interval, nevertheless, as Chelsea got here beneath strain. 6

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Mason Mount

Captain for the day, Mount performed together with his normal verve however wasn’t in a position to have a big impact within the remaining third. Although that was maybe due to the variety of completely different roles the England worldwide was requested to fill throughout the 90 minutes.

Mount began on the correct of the entrance three however was then moved into the centre of the assault after Tuchel’s first spherical of modifications. He then dropped into the center of midfield earlier than going again to the correct of the entrance three within the remaining ten minutes.

Such versatility is invaluable for a coach and Mount was a keen employee all through. 6

Olivier Giroud

Giroud hadn’t began for the Blues since scoring the winner within the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 tie towards Atletico Madrid. So this was a chance for the Frenchman to stake a declare.

He did not take it. The 34-year-old spent the vast majority of the sport on the periphery and infrequently influenced Chelsea’s assaults. He was introduced off on the hour-mark with Mount moved right into a false 9 function. 5

Christian Pulisic

The American hasn’t been in a position to produce his greatest for a lot of this season and he did not towards the Blades. He was, nevertheless, Chelsea’s most threatening player.

Pulisic did excellently within the opening interval to assert possession on the sting of the Sheffield United field and break into the penalty space. But he was hesitant together with his end and that allowed Aaron Ramsdale to save lots of.

After the break, one great dribble enabled him to beat three defenders and break into the field however his end lacked conviction and once more Pulisic was denied by Ramsdale. If the 22-year-old was taking part in with a bit of extra confidence, he most likely finishes the sport with two objectives. 7

Chelsea substitutes

Cesar Azpilicueta (for Andreas Christensen, 62)

Introduced to assist Chelsea see out the sport however was put beneath strain by the Blades. 6

Reece James (for Olivier Giroud, 62)

Came on a proper wing-back and bought ahead properly. Wasn’t in a position to vogue an opportunity, nevertheless. 6

Hakim Ziyech (for Callum Hudson-Odoi, 72)

Killed the sport off within the dying minutes with a objective. Had an affect. 7

Kai Havertz (for Billy Gilmour, 72)

Couldn’t assist brighten up the Chelsea assault after his introduction. 6

N’Golo Kante (for Christian Pulisic, 83)

Helped Chelsea see out the sport, though it wasn’t straightforward. N/A