Revealed: The Chelsea players that are ready and not too ready for the season after game against Villarreal

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Chelsea started the season with a trophy, as the Blues defeated Villarreal to win the Super Cup.

It was a mixed performance from some of the Chelsea players, as some seem ready for the new season, but some are yet to get to match speed.

See how the players fared below

Mendy: Was solid in goal and made a couple of saves to deny Villarreal. Made one mistake with a slip, but still covered his goal, with his fingertips saving Chelsea. Seems very ready for the new season. 7/10

Zouma: Did well at the back before being subbed off. Missed a good chance that should have sealed the game in the first half. Okay performance. Seems ready for the season but he’s not one of Tuchel’s main players as he isn’t too good on the ball. 6.5/10

Chalobah: He was a surprise starter and deservedly so after a fine performance in pre-season friendly. Had a good game, but was caught up with some odd mistakes. He’d benefit from a run of games, and he looks very hungry to impress. 7/10

Rudiger: Had a good game in defence, but his poor clearance cost the team as Villarreal scored from there. Other wise it was a good game. Scored his penalty cleanly. Looks ready for the new season. 6/10

Hudson-Odoi: Played as a right wing-back but was anonymous for most of the game. Doesn’t seem too ready for the new campaign. 6/10

Alonso: Was blazing in the first half, but found little joy in the second half as Villarreal threatened and dominated the game. Scored a fine penalty, and seems primed for the season. 7/10

Kante: Was Chelsea’s best player by a distance. He was everywhere in the middle of the park as Chelsea dominated play in the first half. Was taken off in the second half and Chelsea’s midfield collapsed. Very ready for the season. 8/10

Kovacic: Didn’t seem at his best, and the exit of Kante exposed him in the middle of the park. Didn’t show enough match sharpness for the new season. 6/10

Ziyech: He was sorely missed after being subbed. The Moroccan seems to have a bad timing with injuries as he got injured just before the start of the campaign, and experienced a similar fate last season under Frank Lampard. Chelsea’s attacking impetus dropped after he was subbed off in the first half. Seems ready for the season, but for his injury. 8/10

Havertz: Fine assist for Ziyech to score. His performance was decent. Nothing spectacular. Missed his penalty with a tired kick. Should be ready for the new season. 6/10

Werner: A lot of running but didn’t produce much. He’d need to prove himself to doubters and critics this season, but his Super Cup performance did him no good. Didn’t seem ready for the season. 5/10

Subs

Pulisic: Came on for the injured Ziyech late in the first half. Struggled initially with the game as many of his runs produced nothing at the end. Got better in extra time. Won’t stake a place in the starting team at the beginning of the season with this performance. 5/10

Jorginho: Came on for Kante in the 65th minute. He tried to dictate play but somehow wasn’t able to dominate play as Villarreal took over the game. His influence was felt after Villarreal scored, as Chelsea took back control of play. Scored his penalty with finesse. 6/10

Mount: Decent performance after coming on for Werner in the 65th minute. Didn’t have much of the ball either. Scored his penalty, and would be aiming for a starting role this weekend. 6/10

Christensen: Came on for Zouma in the 65th minute and was okay at the back. Looks ready for the season. 6/10

Azpilicueta: Brought on for Hudson-Odoi in the 82nd minute, and brought energy to the team. Didn’t show any sign of slowing down after an influential Euro 2020 tournament. Scored a fine penalty. 6/10

Kepa: Brought on to do one job, and he was primed for it. Definitely a hero on the night as he saved two penalties in the shootout. 8/10

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