Chelsea FC player ratings and Lampard as We Learned Joe vs. Rance: Vernard on the spot reflects depth of talent –

Chelsea FC player ratings and Lampard as We Learned Joe vs. Rance: Vernard on the spot reflects depth of talent


imo Werner claims that Chelsea’s team is ‘unusually good’ – and on evidence that it is difficult to argue.

All this from a squad that still needs to be fully jailed together after a recruitment drive that saw six new additions over the summer.

Werner is one of them – and while he is still adjusting to life at Stamford Bridge, he struck twice by chance to score four goals in his last three games and a total of seven goals for his new club.

He spoke boldly ahead of the game, claiming that Lampard had assembled a Champions League winning team capable of conquering Europe this season.

It remains to be seen, but it was a fresh statement of intent – and proof of the depth of talent at Lampard’s disposal.


Lampard has lots of options

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Tammy Abraham trailed them 3–0 in the second half, with Lampard choosing to rest the legs of key players Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell, Ann Golo Kante and Hakeem Zeich – perhaps with a look at Sheffield United over the weekend .

One came international after another. No wonder Werner says that it is not normal to have so many good players in a team together.

But this is what wins the Premier League in the era of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. And Lampard’s squad suddenly has an eye on one that can advance trophies domestically and in Europe.

Frankly, a congested season with such depth is a necessity, condensed by coronoviruses.

Three points were effectively sealed after Dalbert Heinrich conceded two first half penalties that were both expertly converted by Werner.


Werner on the spot

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Chelsea took the front 10 minutes later after the Raines defender was horrified to bring Werner down – which led to his booking.

While it was Chelsea’s German striker who won and converted the spot kick, it was Ben Chilwell’s quick-thinking who guarded the Rens with the first pass to Weiner, spreading the ball from left to right.

Dalbert’s night came to an end when he handled Abraham’s shot shortly before half-time.

VAR awarded Chelsea a second penalty, which sent Brazil to their second bookable offense.

Werner again stepped in and hit a corner of the right foot to double the lead on 41 minutes.

For the 10 men, it was a matter of whether Rance would be able to oppose the Chelsea side, who have found their scoring touch in recent weeks.

He got his answer five minutes after the break when Abraham made it 3–0 after a drifting move down the right.

Mason Mount and Ziach left the overlapping Reece James, whose lower cross was home from close range by Abraham.

James was again the provider shortly after when he teamed up for Werner, who was sure to complete his hat-trick to clear Damien da Silva.

Rance’s replacement Clement Grenier came close to a consolation for visitors, but he was denied the deprecated weapons of Edouard Mendy, who was largely a spectator.

Chelsea have a new man on the spot

Two expert-sent spot kicks by Werner mean Chelsea have a new penalty king.


Werner was ice cold from the scene

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With Jorginho only able to watch, the German showed how ruthless he could be from 12 yards.

Jorginho, who missed the second kick of the winning season in Krasnodar last week, was Chelsea’s Mr Reliable by chance.

But he has a fight in his hands to return duties from Werner, who will make some transfers after at least three successful penalties a week.


Hartz must now self-segregate

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Sure Chelsea shirts, fresh from their most effective game in Havertz ‘positive Covid-19 test result, could hardly come at a worse time.

The German remains to be replicated as his fiery Bayer Leverkusen since his £ 71 billion move in the summer – but Lampard believes a No 8 could well bring him the best.

He was playing with Mason Mount in a win at Burnley – and the game against Raines was an opportunity to work further on that system.

But now Chelsea will have to wait again after international isolation to see Havert again as he goes through a period of isolation.

(4-3-3): Mendy 6; James 8, Thiago Silva 7 (Rudiger 68 ‘), Zoma 7, Chilwell 7 (Emerson 63’ 5); Thorn 7 (Kovacic 63 ‘5) Jorginho 7; Zichek 7 (Hudson-Odoi, 75), Mount 7, Werner 8; Abraham 7 (Giroud, 63 ‘6)

To keep Chelsea under total control, fatal by chance and continuing his impressive form.


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