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Player Ratings: Chelsea FC vs Crystal Palace

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Player Ratings: Chelsea FC vs Crystal Palace

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The second FA Cup semi-final of the weekend played out a short time ago.

Said clash saw Crystal Palace and Chelsea face off at Wembley, with the winner booked to face Liverpool in the competition’s showpiece next month.

Thomas Tuchel’s side headed into the game as clear favourites and, when all was said and done, the west Londoners proved too much for Patrick Vieira and co.

Chelsea struggled to create too much on the day, but they did eventually break the deadlock when Kai Havertz’s cross fell to Ruben Loftus-Cheek who smashed his effort past Jack Butland.

Mason Mount then made it 2-0 after 76 minutes and that is how the tie finished.

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Chelsea player ratings

Edouard Mendy (7.5) – Made a brilliant save to deny Kouyate in the first half.

Reece James (6.5) – Was placed at right-centre-back to help nullify Zaha’s pace and was able to help keep the Ivorian quiet.

Andreas Christensen (7) – His pace compared to Thiago Silva’s allowed Chelsea to push their defensive line higher. The Dane also made a number of excellent interceptions, blocks and tackles.

Antonio Rudiger (6.5) – Another solid showing from the German.

Cesar Azpilicueta – Struggled to provide the attacking threat of Reece James down the right but his pressing was crucial to Loftus-Cheek’s goal.  He also won the ball back in the build-up to Mount’s strike.

Jorginho (5) – Was too slow in his distribution of the ball, but did play a decent ball to Havertz for the RLC goal. Off after 78 minutes.

Mateo Kovacic (5) – Was tasked with neutralising Eze’s threat and did a decent job before injury saw his withdrawal after less than half an hour.

Marcos Alonso (5) – Largely ineffective going forward. Had little to do at the other end.

Mason Mount (7) – Struggled to feed Werner who made a number of runs in behind. Did well to create an opening for himself before scoring after 75 minutes.

Kai Havertz (5) – Managed one shot in the first half, which was off target. Booked for diving when he likely would have had a decent chance if he stayed on his feet. Not his finest showing.

Timo Werner (7.5) – Produced one half-decent cross in the first half. Assisted Mount for Chelsea’s second and should have had a second assist but Lukaku fluffed his lines.

Substitutes

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.5) – Great ball to Werner early in second half which came to nothing. Opened the scoring with a thunderous strike 65 minutes in. Made a number of threatening runs which led to Chelsea chances.

N’Golo Kante (5) – Helped Chelsea see out the game with little trouble.

Romelu Lukaku (2) – Hardly touched the ball when he came on apart from to fire wide a chance that was harder to miss.

Hakim Ziyech (3) – Did little of note during his time on.

Thiago Silva (5) – On for the final eight minutes to help see out the game, which Chelsea did.

Crystal Palace player ratings

Jack Butland (5) – Couldn’t do much about Loftus-Cheek’s goal, which took a slight deflection.

Joel Ward (5.5) – Helped keep Alonso quiet but struggled to deal with Werner’s pace.

Joachim Andersen (4) – Could have done better in his attempt to cut Werner’s assist for Mount out. He then missed an open goal 78 minutes in.

Marc Guehi (6.5) – Made a number of key interceptions and tackles. Was unlucky to see his block for Havertz’s cross fall straight to Loftus-Cheek.

Tyrick Mitchell (6) – Solid defensively for much of the game. Perhaps could have done better closing down Havertz for the Chelsea opener.

Check Kouyate (6.5) – Had Palace’s best chance of the first half, which was stopped by a great Mendy save. He then had a great chance from a corner an hour in but his effort was poor.

James McArthur (5.5) – Dominated midfield in the first 45. Less impactful in the second half but was perhaps unlucky to be taken off.

Jeffry Schlupp (3) – Largely ineffective showing before being taken off after 71 minutes.

Wilfried Zaha (3) – Didn’t manage a single shot in 90 minutes.

Eberechi Eze (4) – Failed to create anything of note in the first half. Slightly better in the second 45 but not what Patrick Vieira would have wanted.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (3) – Was kept very quiet in the first half and then taken off after 55 minutes.

Substitutes

Jordan Ayew (3) – Like Mateta, Ayew was afforded little time on the ball.

Christian Benteke (N/A) – Only had a handful of touches.

Michael Olise (6) – Attempted to create a number of chances when he came on but none led to a goal.

Luka Milivojevic (N/A)

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The Premier League table as it stands

# Team MP W D L F A D P
1 Manchester City 31 23 5 3 72 20 52 74
2 Liverpool FC 31 22 7 2 79 22 57 73
3 Chelsea FC 30 18 8 4 64 23 41 62
4 Tottenham Hotspur 32 18 3 11 56 38 18 57
5 Manchester United 32 15 9 8 52 44 8 54
6 Arsenal FC 31 17 3 11 45 37 8 54
7 West Ham United 32 15 6 11 51 42 9 51
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 15 4 13 33 28 5 49
9 Leicester City 29 11 7 11 45 48 -3 40
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 32 9 13 10 29 37 -8 40
11 Brentford FC 33 11 6 16 41 49 -8 39
12 Southampton FC 32 9 12 11 38 52 -14 39
13 Crystal Palace 31 8 13 10 43 40 3 37
14 Aston Villa 31 11 3 17 42 46 -4 36
15 Newcastle United 31 8 10 13 34 54 -20 34
16 Leeds United 32 8 9 15 38 68 -30 33
17 Everton FC 30 8 4 18 33 52 -19 28
18 Burnley FC 30 4 12 14 25 44 -19 24
19 Watford FC 32 6 4 22 30 62 -32 22
20 Norwich City 32 5 6 21 22 66 -44 21

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