Chelsea player ratings v PSG: Midfield trio's struggles compound disappointing night

Chelsea Fans

A resilient 10-man Paris Saint-Germain dumped Chelsea out of the Champions League on away goals after a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, with Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar all failing to shine.

Thibaut Courtois 7/10 – Made several excellent saves to keep Chelsea in the tie and could little about either PSG goal.

Branislav Ivanovic 6/10 – Able to push forward with PSG down to 10 men, while also managing to keep their attack in check, Cavani’s post-hitting shot aside.

Gary Cahill 7/10 – Thumped in a brilliant finish nine minutes from the end to give the home side the lead, before former Blues ace David Luiz equalised just five minutes later with a header of his own.

John Terry 6.5/10 – Made a couple of crucial first-half blocks to keep out Edinson Cavani and was usual dominant-self in the air. However, it’s tough to overlook him getting out jumped on Thiago Silva’s extra-time winner.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6/10 – A solid 90 minutes in defence but seemed to be lagging a bit come extra-time. Not the reason for the defeat, though.

Nemanja Matic 5/10 – Not quite up to his usual standards. Couldn’t suppress the influence of Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore in the centre of the park, while his distribution also proved lacking. The ankle was perhaps still a problem.

Cesc Fabregas 5/10 – Another quiet night for the Spaniard, whose second half of the season is proving in stark contrast to the hot start he made to life at Stamford Bridge.

Ramires 6/10 – Full of running on the night, winning the corner for Cahill’s equaliser, but otherwise failed to offer much when on the ball.

Oscar 4.5/10 – Managed to get Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off after being on the receiving end of the Swede’s first-half challenge. Seemed to retreat into his shell after picking up a booking himself, however, and was replaced at the break as a result.

Eden Hazard 710 – Flashed brilliance in spells with his pace and skill and also converted his extra-time spot-kick with impressive confidence. On a huge occasion such as this, though, fans could be forgiven for being left wanting more.

Diego Costa 7/10 – Never gave the visitors’ defence a moment’s rest with his bustling work-rate and guile but couldn’t snatch the crucial goal in the end. Should have had a first-half penalty, though, after being tripped by Cavani in the 43rd-minute.

SUBSTITUTES

Willian (Oscar 45) 6/10 – A decent enough upgrade from Oscar, offering impressive drive and a few teasing deliveries.

Kurt Zouma (Matic 84) 6/10 – Did what was asked of him in the middle with little fuss.

Didier Drogba (Ramires 90) 6/10 – Couldn’t make a difference in his cameo role.

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