Chelsea player ratings vs Manchester City: Lewis Hall shines bright as Trevoh Chalobah and Enzo Fernandez disappoint in another Blues defeat

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Kyle Walker Lewis Hall Manchester City Chelsea 2022-23
The Blues surrendered an early goal and struggled to fight back against Pep Guardiola's team

Chelsea were unable to rain on Manchester City's parade as they were beaten 1-0 by the newly-crowned champions at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Wesley Fofana's awful pass unnecessarily surrendered possession deep in their own half, allowing City to hit them with pace and open the scoring through Julian Alvarez just 12 minutes into the match.

It was certainly not the worst performance the Blues have put in since Frank Lampard came in as interim coach, but there were too many underwhelming displays, with Enzo Fernandez and Trevoh Chalobah among those seriously disappointing once again.

At least the Blues can count Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hall and substitute Noni Madueke as bright spots, though, and the club's fans will be hoping their incoming coach will give the latter two in particular a chance to impress next season.

GOAL rates Chelsea's players from Etihad Stadium...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence

    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Kepa Arrizabalaga (6/10):

    Couldn't be blamed for Julian Alvarez's goal and had no saves to make afterwards but his distribution yet again was not up to scratch.

    Wesley Fofana (6/10):

    A terrible pass gave away possession to let City hit them on the break for the opening goal.

    Thiago Silva (5/10):

    Let down by his team-mates for the first goal but was too slow behind the pace of his opponents and unable to react quickly on multiple occasions.

    Trevoh Chalobah (5/10):

    Well out of position when City broke forward, giving Alvarez more than enough space to score and he never recovered from that, always trailing behind the forwards.

  2. Midfield


    Cesar Azpilicueta (6/10):

    Stood up well in defensive one-on-one battles but useless on the ball, offering little support up field.

    Enzo Fernandez (5/10):

    Another underwhelming display. He saw enough of the ball but did not do enough with it and struggled under the pressure from City.

    Conor Gallagher (6/10):

    Tried to link things together between midfield and attack and had a good header in the first half but nothing came off for him.

    Ruben Loftus-Cheek (6/10):

    Had one or two good runs but come up against a brick wall of a City defence and his wasteful team-mates.

    Lewis Hall (8/10):

    Whipped in a dangerous cross for Gallagher, put in some strong defending and had two good efforts saved by Ortega in a quality display for the 18-year-old.

  3. Attack


    Kai Havertz (6/10):

    An unnecessary yellow card 18 minutes in. Not much of a direct threat but tried to combine with Sterling and then Madueke.

    Raheem Sterling (7/10):

    Had a few dangerous moments with his pace and almost scored with a lovely run but was offside in the end.

  4. Subs & Manager

    Noni Madueke (7/10):

    Replaced Sterling midway through the second half and was immediately up for it, making some good, quick dribbles.

    Mykhailo Mudryk (5/10):

    Replaced Gallagher but did not fare much better for the final quarter of the game.

    Kalidou Koulibaly (6/10):

    Came on for the last 10 minutes and stopped Erling Haaland from getting through.

    Carney Chukwuemeka (5/10):

    Took Loftus-Cheek's place but there was not much he could do.

    Frank Lampard (6/10):

    His team were not completely overpowered by the newly-crowned champions but there were too many disappointing performances. The defence once again lacked discipline and shape and they relied on Sterling and Hall to provide a direct threat while others were passengers.