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Chelsea winners, losers and ratings as Mount makes Milan pay after Tomori's reunion ruined by red card

00:17 EAT 12/10/2022
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The Blues ran out 2-0 winners at San Siro as their England international midfielder ran the show.

It was all doom and gloom around Chelsea following their first two Champions League matches, the Blues having picked up just a single point from what were meant to be their easier games against Dinamo Zagreb and Red Bull Salzburg.

Any slip ups against AC Milan would have put them in a real tight spot to even qualify, but now, after two straight wins over the Italian champions, they are in pole position to secure top spot in the group.

Their 2-0 win at San Siro was almost as straightforward as their 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge six days earlier, though that was in a large part due to Milan going down to 10 men inside 20 minutes as Fikayo Tomori saw red against his former side.

Jorginho converted from the penalty spot after Tomori's foul on Mason Mount, and the England midfielder was again involved in the second goal as he played in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to net.

That is now four successive wins for Graham Potter's side since the international break, the last three of which have come without conceding, and it's clear that the ex-Brighton boss is having a positive effect on one of Europe's most talented squads.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Chelsea 2022-23

    The Winners

    Mason Mount:

    It's not often that a player who is taken off at half-time does so having been the standout performer in the first half, but that was exactly what happened with Mount. The England midfielder was absolutely outstanding with and without the ball, with his substitution likely more to do with him being on a booking than anything else. He worked tirelessly to track back with Theo Hernandez before playing a key role in both first-half goals, as his run into the box ended in the awarding of a penalty before his superb pass provided the assist for Aubameyang to score. Mount almost added a goal himself from long range in a virtuoso performance.

    Chelsea's ex-Rossoneri:

    In contrast to the ex-Chelsea players in Milan shirts (more on them later), the former Rossoneri stars in the Blues' line up had nights to remember on their return to San Siro. Aubameyang got himself on the scoresheet and once again looked a constant threat, while Thiago Silva was yet again his dominant self at the heart of the defence. The Brazil international's main intervention came early in the second half when he got Kepa Arrizabalaga out of jail by clearing under pressure after the goalkeeper had pushed a dangerous cross towards some waiting Milan forwards. He might be 38, but he's showing no signs of slowing down.

    Punters who took the over on bookings points:

    As well as Tomori's red, there were nine yellow cards shown by German referee Daniel Siebert, with the match spoiled somewhat by its stop-start nature. It was surprising by full-time that there was only one red card handed out.

  • Fikayo Tomori AC Milan 2022-23

    The Losers

    Fikayo Tomori:

    With there potentially being a spot at the heart of England's defence up for grabs ahead of the World Cup, these two meetings with his former club were meant to be an opportunity for Tomori to show Gareth Southgate what he is capable of. Instead, he struggled at Stamford Bridge, and then lasted less than 20 minutes at San Siro after he was sent off for fouling Mason Mount in the penalty area. In truth, it was an incredibly harsh decision to not just award the penalty but also give Tomori his marching orders on what proved to be a nightmare reunion for the Chelsea academy graduate with his boyhood team.

    Olivier Giroud:

    Tomori was not the only ex-Chelsea player to have a night to forget against his former club, as Giroud struggled before being replaced just after the hour mark. Booked for dissent in the aftermath of the penalty, the French striker proceeded to then miss a sitter of a headed chance just minutes later that would have brought Milan level. He didn't even hit the target, and Chelsea were soon celebrating Aubameyang's goal for 2-0. Giroud barely had a kick thereafter.

    Reece James:

    With Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold both suffering with injuries, the door was open for Reece James to be England's starting right-back at the World Cup, and his performances of late have suggested he knows it too. He was excellent again here, only to be forced off after 62 minutes with what looked to be a potentially serious knee injury following a clash with Theo Hernandez. Both Graham Potter and Gareth Southgate will be praying it's not as bad as it looked.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea 2022-23

    Chelsea Ratings: Defence

    Kepa Arrizabalaga (6/10):

    Had precious little to do, especially after the red card.

    Reece James (8/10):

    Brilliant through-ball led to the penalty and was almost faultless before injury forced him off after the break.

    Trevoh Chalobah (6/10):

    Troubled on a couple of occasions by Rafael Leao, but assured for the most part.

    Thiago Silva (7/10):

    Continues to be totally in control of everything despite his advancing years.

    Kalidou Koulibaly (6/10):

    Had a bit of a shaky start on his return to Italy but made some key interventions as the game went on.

    Ben Chilwell (6/10):

    Pretty quiet as a lot of Chelsea's best attacks went down the right.

  • Jorginho Chelsea 2022-23

    Midfield

    Jorginho (7/10):

    Tucked away his penalty with aplomb and controlled the tempo against 10 men.

    Mateo Kovacic (7/10):

    Tireless in getting up and down as he offered plenty in all three thirds of the pitch.

  • Raheem Sterling Chelsea 2022-23

    Attack

    Mason Mount (9/10):

    Absolutely electric in his 45 minutes on the field, winning the penalty before providing the assist for Aubameyang's goal.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7/10):

    Got his goal and could have had a couple more in the second half as he again performed well.

    Raheem Sterling (6/10):

    A quiet night from the ex-Man City man as he struggled to create chances before being subbed midway through the second half.

  • Graham Potter Chelsea 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Conor Gallagher (6/10):

    On at half-time for Mount and should have made it 3-0 early in the second period.

    Cesar Azpilicueta (6/10):

    Solid enough after replacing James.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6/10):

    Showed some nice touches and almost played in Aubameyang for a goal.

    Kai Havertz (6/10):

    On for Aubameyang for the final 10 minutes.

    Marc Cucurella (N/A)

    Replaced Chilwell in the final minute.

    Graham Potter (7/10):

    Difficult to judge whether Potter got his tactics totally right given the discrepancy between the teams for 70 minutes, but picking Mount as part of his front three was definitely a good call given Milan's strength down their left.