Player ratings: Chelsea 2 vs 0 Sheffield United

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Chelsea are through to the semi-final of the FA Cup, after a 2-0 win against the Blades at Stamford Bridge.

It wasn’t an easy game at the Bridge, as a late Hakim Ziyech goal settled the nerves at Stamford Bridge after an Oliver Norwood own goal put Chelsea ahead in the first half.

See the player ratings below

Kepa: Did well in goal as he produced a fine save to deny an Oli McBurnie strike from heading into the post. Made a couple of late saves as well, with Sheffield threatening late on. 7/10

Christensen: Restored to the team after missing the last game through illness. Played on the right side of defence and was pretty comfortable. 7/10

Zouma: Started the second game in a row as he featured in the middle of a back three. Good showing in defence. 7/10

Emerson: Started in an unfamiliar role in the left side of the back three. Was pretty comfortable in the first half, but Sheffield United were a difficult side in the second period. Was quite confident in possession of the ball. 6/10

Gilmour: Did decently in the first half as Chelsea seemed comfortable. The second half was quite difficult and he struggled a bit in the second period with a couple of misplaced passes. Subbed off with 17 minutes left of play. 6/10

Kovacic: We know what he can do on his best days, as he continued his customary runs with the ball. The midfield didn’t have much domination in the second period and could barely string meaningful passes together as Sheffield troubled Chelsea for large spell of the second-half. 6/10

Hudson-Odoi: Started in the right wing-back position, but didn’t have the kind of impact he’d have desired. Moved to a more attacking role in the second half, but didn’t have much impact. Was later subbed off for Kai Havertz. 6/10

Chilwell: Played a key role in Chelsea’s opening goal as his low drive across the penalty area was deflected off Oliver Norwood. Got quiet in the second half. 6/10

Mount: The 22-year-old led the team out as captain, and played in three different roles in the course of the game. Started on the right of the front three but was then moved to the centre of the attack after Tuchel’s first round of changes. He later dropped deep in the middle of midfield before going back to the right of the front three in the final ten minutes. Didn’t really have a huge impact as we’ve become used to. 6/10

Pulisic: Was Chelsea’s most threatening player in the game but his influence dropped in the second half. Seemed to lack a bit of confidence as he could easily have gotten on the scoresheet today. 7/10

Giroud: He looked rusty and off the pace in the first half. He has missed the past couple of games for Chelsea, and it was evident that he was a bit rusty. 5/10

Subs

Azpilicueta: Brought on for Christensen after the hour mark as Tuchel tried to solidify the team. 6/10

Reece James: Came on for Olivier Giroud after the hour mark. Did better in the right wing-back role but the final ball was missing. 6/10

Ziyech: Replaced Hudson-Odoi after 70 minutes of play. Scored a crucial late goal to seal the victory. Besides scoring, he was also very dangerous. 7/10

Kai Havertz: Came on for Pulisic after 70 minutes of action. Livened up the attack, but didn’t do much. 6/10

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