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Player Ratings: AC Milan 0-2 Chelsea

A fine finish from Kevin De Bruyne and a sublime volley from Andre Schurrle proved enough for the Blues to book a mouthwatering Guinness Cup final encounter with Real Madrid

By Husmukh Kerai

  • Christian Abbiati
    17
    22
    2.50

    Christian Abbiati

    Made a few decent saves throughout the game and could not really do anything about the two Chelsea goals which were clinically taken.

  • Urby Emanuelson
    7
    27
    1.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Deployed as a full-back the Dutchman didn't look very comfortable at the back. His intention was always to get on the front foot and that often led to poor defensive decisions.

  • Matías Silvestre
    6
    24
    2.00

    Matías Silvestre

    Got himself booked for a late lunging tackle on Ramires when things looked dangerous for his side. That made him defend nervously from then on, putting a dampener on his performance.

  • Cristian Zapata
    8
    22
    1.50

    Cristian Zapata

    Didn't have a good time against the Chelsea attack and was found wanting positionally on a couple of occasions. He didn't receive much help from those in front of him, though.

  • Luca Antonini
    9
    31
    2.00

    Luca Antonini

    Did a good job in the air and wasn't at fault for too much individually but the Milan backline as a unit was there to be attacked throughout the match.

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng
    3
    52
    1.00

    Kevin-Prince Boateng

    Wasted a number of chances for his side as he snatched at all his opportunities. He did well to get himself in dangerous situations but had no luck in front of goal on the night.

  • Sulley Muntari
    27
    20
    3.00

    Sulley Muntari

    One of Milan's better performers the Ghana international was the Italian side's biggest influence in midfield. He tried to create from midfield and join in on the attacks and overall made a good contribution.

  • Nigel De Jong
    19
    18
    2.00

    Nigel De Jong

    The Dutchman was tasked with disrupting the passing triangles of the likes of Oscar, Hazard and Mata, but he was overrun by the Blues midfield and often had to resort to fouls to halt their attacks.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    21
    21
    1.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    We didn't see the best of the Italy international. Played one or two clever passes along the way but didn't see enough of the ball to really influence proceeding like he would have wished.

  • Stephan El Shaarawy
    39
    19
    2.00

    Stephan El Shaarawy

    Started really brightly for the Italians but then disappeared from the action as the game went on. He never managed to find an understanding with Balotelli.

  • Mario Balotelli
    21
    35
    2.50

    Mario Balotelli

    He was involved in Milan's best chance of the match but a certain goal was taken off of his foot by Ivanovic. He didn't have as much joy as he would expected against the impressive Chelsea defence.

Substitutions

  • Cristian Zaccardo
    3
    21
    2.00

    Cristian Zaccardo

    Came on to bolster the Milan backline but could help stem the flow of Chelsea attacks.

  • Davide Pacifico
    12
    14
    2.50

    Davide Pacifico

    The youngster came on as a fresh pair of legs in the final 15 minutes and didn't have a good time against a rampant Chelsea attack.

  • Kevin Constant
    9
    16
    2.50

    Kevin Constant

    Gave Milan a bit of a boost when he came on by injecting a bit of pace into their attacks down the flanks.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    19
    16
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Had a brilliant chance to equalise for the Italians but he couldn't direct his header after he head beaten Mark Schwarzer in the air to meet Niang's cross.

  • M'Baye Niang
    27
    13
    3.50

    M'Baye Niang

    Probably Milan's best player of the night. The forward saw plenty of the ball and pulled off a couple of nice turns inside the box but all his efforts we closed down by Chelsea defenders. He also drifted out to the right wing with good effect.

  • Andrea Petagna
    5
    18
    2.00

    Andrea Petagna

    The 18-year-old was given a chance in the second half when he replaced Baloteli but sadly he was unable to stamp his authority on the game.

  • Kingsley Boateng
    7
    18

    Kingsley Boateng

    Replaced his namesake for the final few minutes but never got on the ball bar a few touches.

  • Petr Cech
    81
    9
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Played the first half for the Blues and made one crucial interception when he palmed away a goal-bound shot from Sulley Muntari. Untroubled apart from that.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    57
    17
    2.50

    Ryan Bertrand

    Rarely got up the pitch from his full-back position as he often does. His work from a defensive point of view was reliable and done with minimal fuss.

  • Gary Cahill
    86
    12
    4.00

    Gary Cahill

    The England international was supreme for Jose Mourinho's men at the back. He made countless blocks in the second half to protect Mark Schwarzer and thwart Milan's attacks.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    87
    4
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Played the first half at centre-back for the Blues before seamlessly shifting out to right-back after the break. He won plenty of aerial duels and defended well generally throughout. Came close to scoring from a few set-pieces.

  • César Azpilicueta
    64
    16
    3.00

    César Azpilicueta

    Had a busy first period where he tried three shots from different angles without any success. His passing and interchange was as sharp and clever as ever but final product evaded him on the night.

  • Oscar
    74
    24
    2.50

    Oscar

    Had a busy first period where he tried three shots from different angles without any success. His passing and interchange was as sharp and clever as ever but final product evaded him on the night.

  • Kevin De Bruyne
    103
    9
    3.50

    Kevin De Bruyne

    The young Belgian will be delighted with his performance. He was reliable in possession and full of movement while he was on the pitch and took his goal with style and precision.

  • Michael Essien
    69
    14
    2.50

    Michael Essien

    Became locked in a midfield war with Nigel de Jong during the match and for the most part did better than the Dutchman in breaking up the opposition's attacks.

  • Marco van Ginkel
    105
    5
    3.50

    Marco van Ginkel

    The new arrival from Vitesse looks a good acquisition on the evidence of this match. His tackling and anticipation of danger caught the eye and he also showed the physical capability of running through midfield.

  • Eden Hazard
    91
    18
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Delighted the MetLife Stadium with a couple of moments of outrageous skill. Played a fine part in the first goal and was one of the more influential players of the first half.

  • Demba Ba
    48
    23
    2.00

    Demba Ba

    The Senegalese seemed a bit too eager to impress at times as he tried tirelessly to work a chance outside the box. His work inside the area was good, his best chance should have been headed away from Abbiati rather than at him.

Substitutions

  • Mark Schwarzer
    62
    3
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Came on for Cech after the break and didn't have much to do because of the good work of Cahill and John Terry in front of him. Had trouble with one Niang cross but Nocerino's header sailed wide.

  • Ashley Cole
    58
    6
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    It was an understated perfomance from the now veteran full-back. He defended superbly as part of Chelsea's impenetrable back four. He rarely ventured into the final third as Chelsea were comfortable with their one-goal lead.

  • John Terry
    70
    5
    4.00

    John Terry

    Came on at half time and put in an excellent shift for his side alongside Cahill at the heart of Chelsea's defence. Showed his still has some speed and agility in couple of last ditch challenges.

  • Ramires
    61
    5
    3.00

    Ramires

    The Brazilian was typically energetic in his box-to-box midfield role. One minute he was blocking his shot in his own box and the next he was breaking in the opposition's area driving Chelsea's attacks.

  • Juan Mata
    65
    15
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Gave Chelsea a stronger hold on the match when he was introduced in the second period. Played a couple of lovely passes into Torres and as always, used the ball brilliantly.

  • John Obi Mikel
    54
    10
    2.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Came on for the second half and bolted up the midfield alongside Essien to help Chelsea close out the win.

  • Fernando Torres
    130
    7
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Had a mixed half. Misplaced one or two crosses and struggled to find a shot on target but some of his approach play was exemplary and he was unlucky not to claim an assist.

  • Victor Moses
    78
    9
    3.50

    Victor Moses

    Made a real impact when he was introduced. His powerful running caused havoc in the Milan defence. His cross for Schurrle's goal was superb and he could have even had one of his own.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    54
    20

    Romelu Lukaku

    Came on with moments to go for a run out as Chelsea closed out the victory.

  • Andre Schürrle
    111
    9
    3.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Bagged his first goal in Chelsea shirt with a brilliantly struck volley into the bottom corner of the net showing superb technique. His general passing and movement was neat and tidy.

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