Chelsea player ratings v Maribor: Fabregas and Hazard star in emphatic win

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Chelsea romped home to a 6-0 victory over Champions League Group G opponents Maribor on Tuesday night, with Loic Remy, Didier Drogba, John Terry and Eden Hazard all getting on the scoresheet.

Petr Cech 6/10 – Given the nod for his first start of the season outside the League Cup, the club legend had little to do, even with Maribor’s missed penalty.

Branislav Ivanovic 7/10 – Was given licence to make regular attacking charges into the opposition half, through which he managed to win the second spot-kick.

John Terry 7/10 – Set up Chelsea’s opener before adding the third himself with a marauding run up the pitch. Was solid as expected on the defensive end, too.

Kurt Zouma 6/10 – The teenager put in assured performance on his Champions League debut alongside his veteran skipper, although it was far from the most testing of conditions.

Filipe Luis 7/10 – Wasn’t tested too much, just like the rest of the back four, but got forward well and was involved in the build-up for the fourth.

Willian 6/10 – Worked hard all night and almost got on the scoresheet when his thundering shot rattled off the crossbar in the second-half.

Cesc Fabregas 8/10 –The Spaniard’s superb start to life at Stamford Bridge continues, as his passing master class ensured that Chelsea dominated the midfield. Was taken off at the hour with the weekend’s trip to Old Trafford no doubt on Jose Mourinho’s mind.

Nemanja Matic 6/10 –Conceded Maribor’s missed spot-kick with a poor challenge, but was otherwise his reliable-self sitting in front of the back four, sweeping up numerous loose balls.

Eden Hazard 7.5/10 – Was wasteful on occasions, but that shouldn’t detract from what was an excellent showing. Slotted home the second spot-kick to make it 5-0 on 77 minutes, before providing the icing on the cake with a superb strike in the final stages.

Oscar 6/10 – Was a quieter night for the Brazilian as he flitted in and out of the game before being subbed off 17 minutes before the end.

Loic Remy 7/10 – Was starting to show that Chelsea fans need not be concerned about Diego Costa’s absence when he opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a low curling finish, but an injured groin forced him off straight afterwards.

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Didier Drogba (Remy 16) 6/10 – Doubled Chelsea’s lead not long after being brought on for Remy when he took over spot-kick duties from Eden Hazard to fire in the 23rd-minute penalty – his first significant contribution for the Blues since the shoot-out-winner in the 2012 final. Could now be in line to start on the weekend.

Nathan Ake (Fabregas 60) 6/10 –Looked comfortable for the last half-four but didn’t have to do much either.

Dominic Solanke (Oscar 73) 6/10 – Got the chance to make his European debut at the age of 17 with the result all but secure. Big things are expected going forward.

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