Player ratings: Barnsley 0 vs 1 Chelsea

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It was a difficult game for the Blues against the Tykes as Chelsea have moved to the quarterfinal of the FA Cup. It had to take a Tammy Abraham goal in the 64th minute of the game to seal progress for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

See the player ratings below

Kepa: Made a good save in the first half to deny Callum Brittain. Was very solid all through the game in what was a very difficult FA Cup tie. 7/10

Christensen: He was used on the right side of the back three, and he didn’t really fit into a very unfamiliar backline. Did okay before being taken off at half time. 6/10

Zouma: Looked very uncomfortable with the ball in the first half when he was deployed in the middle of the back three. Got better in the second half as Chelsea moved to a back four. 6/10

Emerson: Started in a very unfamiliar role as a left-sided defender. Seemed to struggle as the rest of the backline until the second-half when he was moved to a left-back position. Did okay in the second half but not enough to displace Marcos Alonso and Ben Chilwell. 6/10

Gilmour: Started beside N’Golo Kante for his first game under Tuchel. The first half was very difficult as the hard pressing Tykes didn’t let him settle on the ball. Better performance in the second half as Tuchel switched system to a 3-man midfield. Played a key role in Chelsea’s goal; as his pass enabled Reece James space to cross for Tammy Abraham to convert. 7/10

Kante: The first half wasn’t easy for him, as Barnsley made things difficult for Chelsea. Got better in the second half. 6/10

Hudson-Odoi: Played as a left wing-back in the first half and as a left winger in the second half. Had some flashes in the game but nothing tangible. 6/10

Alonso: Surely his worst performance under Tuchel. Had a difficult game until he was subbed off at half-time. 5/10

Ziyech: Had a very difficult game in the first half and in the second half when the system was changed by the manager. His best moment was a free-kick that was headed wide by Rudiger. Subbed off for Anjorin with 20 minutes left, and he left the pitch with the feeling that he should have done better. 5/10

Pulisic: Looked very rusty in both halves, and didn’t stake a starting claim for the next game against Newcastle. Faded for most part of the game. 5/10

Abraham: Put in a very determined performance. Scored the only goal of the game and then produced a masterclass defensive performance with a late header on the line to preserve the lead. His goal and clearance surely makes him the man of the match. 7.5/10


Rudiger: Came in for the second half and ensured that the defence was solid. Had a good chance but saw his header narrowly go past the post. 6/10

Reece James: Gave the assist for Tammy Abraham to score. Good performance after coming on for the restart. 7/10

Anjorin: Looked sharp after coming on for Ziyech. Strong and physical performance. 6/10

Kovacic: Late sub for Pulisic.

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