Chelsea player ratings: Terry & Hazard impress - but a former Blue steals the show

Frank Lampard broke Chelsea hearts during their 1-1 draw at Manchester City. Here's how the players rated...

Thibaut Courtois - 7/10

Looked strong throughout at the Etihad and was only beaten by a pinpoint finish from Lampard.

Branislav Ivanovic - 6.5/10

Could have tracked the former Chelsea man better during his goal but was characteristically lively going forward down the right-hand side.

Gary Cahill - 7/10

Partnered skipper John Terry very well as the Blues looked set for a clean sheet until Lampard struck.

John Terry - 8/10

Terry is a man for the big occasion and that was proven yet again today. The 33-year-old made tackles galore and cleared every ball in sight.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7/10

Looks fairly comfortable as Jose Mourinho's first-choice left-back, meaning Filipe Luis faces a battle on his hands to try and force the Spaniard out of the team.

Cesc Fabregas - 7/10

Misplaced a few of his passes but the slightly subdued performance may have been the result of having to play two big games in the space of a week in the Champions League and Premier League. Still made Mourinho's men tick, however.

Nemanja Matic - 7/10

This was not quite the performance he produced at the Etihad Stadium last season but the Serb was still solid as Chelsea looked to keep a clean sheet - and very nearly did - during a strong defensive display in the league champions' backyard.

Willian - 6/10

Was full of energy but gave the ball away a few times before coming off, with replacement Andre Schurrle looking much more threatening (and scoring Chelsea's goal).

Ramires - 6/10

The Brazilian was booked but, unlike Matic (also booked), failed to really stamp his mark on the game and wasn't disciplined enough.

Eden Hazard - 8/10

Shone going forward and is proving that the Blues are right to try and tie him down to a new long-term deal. Provided the assist for Schurrle's goal with a brilliant ball across the box.

Diego Costa - 7/10

Didn't score for a change but did fight for every ball, inadvertently ending up with Pablo Zabaleta being sent off after challenging him. Also provided the assist for the assist with a skillful pass to pick Hazard out down the right. Too many times in the past, Chelsea strikers would have made the wrong decision in that situation and went for a shot that was far too ambitious.


John Obi Mikel - 6/10

Came on for Ramires (or Willian, as it was a double substitution) but failed to really influence the game.

Andre Schurrle - 7/10

Showed brilliant movement for his goal but lost his man when he let James Milner waltz into the penalty area to cross for Lampard's goal.

Didier Drogba also came on for a late cameo but his highlight was a free kick hit way over the bar.

Special Rating: Frank Lampard - 8/10

The former Blues midfielder came on to break Chelsea hearts but did it in classy fashion. Indeed, the 36-year-old's finish was as clinical as ever but his refusal to celebrate was the mark of a true gentleman.

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