Chelsea Player Ratings: Matic fades, strikers struggle, Willian impresses

West Brom - The Hawthorns

How did Chelsea's players rate in the draw with West Brom?

Here are the player ratings from Chelsea's draw at the Hawthorns. 

Petr Cech - 6 Barely had anything to do all game, West Brom toothless in attack until their goal. You can't grade him down for that but he will have been disappointed not to have done better when called upon.

Branislav Ivanovic - 8 STAR MAN Chelsea's most lethal goal threat has become the Serbian, netting another vital goal as he did against Manchester City eight days ago. Defensively he made four successful tackles, more than any of his fellow defenders.

David Luiz - 7 The Brazilian provided the assist for Ivanovic's goal, and did not cause Jose Mourinho to miss the absent John Terry at all. Got away with a late penalty shout, but was beaten by Victor Anichebe for the equaliser.

Gary Cahill - 7 Chelsea's Mr Consistent in defence, did not have as busy an evening as he may have expected, but put in a solid shift. Won more aerial duels than any other Chelsea defender.

Cesar Azplicueta 6.5 Hardly a spectacular performance from the Spaniard, one of his quieter nights. He was unable to offer a positive outlet going forward, but didn't let his side down defensively.

Nemanja Matic 7 The Serbian was less spectacular than he was against City and Newcastle, but his presence in the middle of the park was a big asset to the Blues. Chipped in defensively, the only midfielder to make more than one clearance. He faded in the last 20 minutes as West Brom fought back and claimed a draw.

Ramires 7.5 Stepped out of Matic's shadow for this one, making more tackles than any midfielder. His industry was vital against a very competitive Baggies midfield, helping Mourinho's side grind out the result.

Eden Hazard - 6.5 Where's Eden Hazard gone? Fresh from his sensational display against Newcastle, West Brom did a good job defensively on him. Didn't manage a single shot on goal, and it took until the last 20 minutes for him to provide his first key pass.

Oscar - 6 Quiet night from the Brazilian, who struggled to make a telling contribution to the game. Managed just one shot, which was off target. A surprise he lasted as long as 80 minutes.

Willian 7.5 The best of Chelsea's attackers on the night, a danger to West Brom throughout. He managed more shots (5) than the rest of the forward line combined, and battled hard to claim a late winner. Booked.

Samuel Eto'o - 5.5 Eto'o offered little in attack, and was well marshalled by West Brom's centre-back pairing. It wasn't a surprise when he was subbed off just past the hour mark. Not a game for him to remember, although he's had worse this season


Fernando Torres - 5 Made Eto'o look lively, Torres offered even less than the Cameroonian. A missed opportunity for him to claim a starting spot.

Jon Obi Mikel - 5 Brought onto help close out the win, Chelsea drew. Mission failed.

Mohamed Salah: N/A No time to make an impact.

image: © Tony Hisgett

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