Player Ratings: Eintracht Frankfurt 1 Vs 1 Chelsea

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Chelsea came from behind to draw 1-1 with German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final clash.

Maurizio Sarri’s side were able to score a crucial away goal as the Blues will now host the German side at Stamford Bridge next week Thursday.

See the player ratings for this game below:

kepa: Didn’t really have much to do even during Frankfurt’s relentless pressure in the first-half. Handled his crosses well and looked like he should have reacted quickly for Luka Jovic’s goal. 5/10

Azpilicueta: Looked a bit exposed in the first-half against Frankfurt’s wing play, but got more solid in the second-half. 6/10

Christensen: Had some shaky moments in the first-half as Eintracht Frankfurt ran riot, but got his composure afterwards and had a very commanding second-half. 6/10

Luiz: Would be blamed for Frankfurt’s opener as he didn’t close Luka Jovic quickly enough. Was good attacking-wise as he hit the cross bar from a free-kick and played some over the top balls to the forward players. However, his defending was too shaky at times. 5/10

Emerson: Went out of position in the buildup to Frankfurt’s goal and his final ball going forward was lacking all through the game. Did better when Hazard came on. 5/10

Jorginho: Had a good game especially in the second-half as he dropped deeper and ensured Chelsea retained control of the game and dictated play. Had one scary moment with Kante in the second-half that almost cost the team. 7/10

Kante: Was an engine room in midfield for Chelsea today as he ran all over the pitch and helped the team both attacking and defending. 8/10

Loftus-Cheek: Was one of the best players on the pitch tonight as he used his strength and driving runs to cause the Germans some problems. Did well with the assist for Pedro’s goal and also had a couple of threatening opportunities. 8/10

Willian: Just an average performance from the Brazilian. 5/10

Pedro: Worked pretty hard and bailed the team with a good goal. Was exciting but tried to do too much at times and nearly cost the team a goal when he lost possession of the ball in midfield. 7/10

Giroud: Didn’t look like his day as nothing seemed to work for him. He was starved of service and could barely do anything with the ball when he had it. His touches also seemed off. 4/10

Substitutes

Hazard: Added a bit of life to the team’s attack after coming on for Willian shortly after the hour mark. 6/10

Kovacic: Lost the ball just after coming on for Loftus-Cheek. Didn’t do much either. 5/10

Sarri: You’d have to give the Italian some credit for his pep talk and tactical instruction that made Chelsea start the second-half fiercely after a lacklustre start to the first-half. 7/10

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