Kante was man of the match, but who else impressed in the Champions League final?

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The Chelsea players played like lions against Manchester City to win the Champions League, and while N’Golo Kante was undoubtedly the man of the match, the whole team did well on the night. There was no bad performance and the team carried out its instructions to the latter.

See the player ratings from the game

Mendy: Safe hands even though he was barely tested. Very confident in a high pressured game, caught the crosses cleanly, was well positioned and never looked like conceding a goal. 8/10

Azpilicueta: Captain’s performance on the night, as he led a team of warriors to battle. Made a stunning clearance from under his own crossbar midway through the second half that saved the team from conceding. Was a beast at the back and ran like a mad man who didn’t care about anything else but the trophy. 9/10

Thiago Silva: Unlucky to last only 39 minutes on the pitch, but he was top class in that time. Assured on the ball and coordinated the defence very well before his exit. 7/10

Rudiger: Definitely earned the rank of a general with his defensive display. Made one very good defensive block on Sterling and ensured that the left side of the defence was a no go area. 9/10

Reece James: One of the best performances we’ve seen from the right-back. Glad to have returned to his customary role and he was outstanding. Made Raheem Sterling look like an amateur player as he kept him out of the game. Did everything right defensively and offensively. 9/10

Chilwell: He’s well known for his attacking display down the left flank, but he was also solid defensively. Kept Mahrez quiet all game and produced a very balanced display going forward and back. 9/10

Jorginho: Ensured he worked hard in the middle of the park, and he kept things ticking. He made the midfield cohesive, as the midfield linked really well with attack. 8/10

Kante: Words can’t describe how good he was on the night. His challenge on De Bruyne early in the second half was phenomenal. Won the ball back, did so many crucial interceptions. He was everywhere and made the City players look less than their quality. 10/10

Mount: His pass for Kai Havertz for the goal was extraordinary. He made sure he worked his socks off from high up, to ensure that City couldn’t have an easy passage through to the Chelsea defence. 9/10

Werner: He was a constant threat in the first half but missed two glorious chances. His movement caused City problems, and one of them helped in Havertz goal as he took Dias with him. 7/10

Kai Havertz: Comfortable finish as he went round Ederson for the goal. He was brilliant and was a constant threat even when he got tired late in the second half. Brilliant display. 9.5/10

Subs

Christensen: For the second time asking, he has come in for Thiago Silva in a big game and showed his quality. He stepped up to the plate and was cool in defence until the end of the game. 8/10

Pulisic: Should have sealed the game after coming in for Werner shortly after the hour mark. Looked dangerous and was a threat to the City defence. 6/10

Kovacic: Late sub for Mason Mount, as he was brought on to shore up the midfield.

Thomas Tuchel: He got his tactics spot on. Thankfully, he didn’t try to overthink things like he did in the FA Cup final (which was as well the undoing of Pep Guardiola). Reece James back at right wing-back was a no brainer. Starting Kai Havertz was a brilliant decision, as Pulisic had lacked some steam leading up to the final. He also avoided the temptation of starting Kovacic who has had a brilliant season, as the Croatian hadn’t looked his best since coming back from injury.

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