Chelsea vs Aston Villa: One Chelsea player has definitely sent a message to Tuchel with his performance

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel used the Carabao Cup game against Aston Villa to rest his first team players and give minutes to fringe players and players lacking fitness.

Some players gave a good account of themselves but some didn’t show up to expected levels.

See how the players are rated for this game

Kepa: Made a fine save from Archer just before half time kept the game level and was a hero in the penalty shootout. 8/10

Reece James: Top performance defensively and crowned it with a massive on the line clearance. Put in a nice cross for Timo Werner to score. Quality performance and ended up scoring the winning penalty. 8/10

Chalobah: Good game from the young defender as he continues to show the manager he can be counted upon. 7/10

Malang Sarr: Decent performance. Seemed to have a difficult time against Bertrand Traore before he was subbed off. 6/10

Hudson-Odoi: Tried to do too much at times. Got into many dangerous positions but his final ball was lacking. 6/10

Chilwell: Still showed signs of match rustiness. Nowhere near his best. 6/10

Kante: Captained the team in the first half and was rested at half-time for the game against Manchester City. Good game as he covered every part of the pitch. 7/10

Loftus-Cheek: Was the star of the show and showed the manager what he can offer. Was the best player over 90 minutes as he bossed play in the middle of the park. He was super confident on the ball, strong and his passes were perfect. The team rode off his brilliance, and he has sent a message to Tuchel that he’s ready to play with the big boys this season. This was the Loftus-Cheek we knew before the ill-fated injury in 2019. 9/10

Saul: Played a higher role in midfield in the first half and dropped deeper after Kante was subbed off. Better performance that what he gave us against Villa in the Premier League. Gradually getting used to the pace of the game. 6/10

Ziyech: Showed glimpse of his quality but wasn’t consistent. 6/10

Werner: Scored a good headed goal and used his pace to make the Villa defence uncomfortable. Fine performance. 8/10

Subs

Mount: Came on for Kante and added bite to the Chelsea attack and could have gotten on the scoresheet. 7/10

Lukaku: Was big trouble for Tuanzebe and co once he joined the fray. Was a focal point for the team and Chelsea played off him. 7/10

Ross Barkley: Looked really bright after coming on for Ziyech. Made a fine tackle to stop Philogene-Bidace following a counter late in the game. 7/10

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