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Played
September 24, 2011 3:00 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ D. Mohareb‎
Attendance:‬ 41800‎
 
36′ Ramires
 
75′ Ramires
 
90+4′ Didier Drogba
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 4-1 Swansea City

Fernando Torres scores and is sent off but 10-man Blues still stroll to victory, with Ramires on target twice and Didier Drogba wrapping up victory late on

By Wayne Veysey at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    204
    64
    2.50

    Petr Cech

    His crossbar saved him when his positioning was awry for Dyer's thunderbolt, but otherwise had little to do.

  • John Terry
    312
    28
    3.50

    John Terry

    Held the defence together when Chelsea looked vulnerable early in the second half. Lampard might have been demoted but JT is still a rock at the back.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    310
    19
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Made some fine challenges and won nearly everything in the air.

  • Ashley Cole
    347
    23
    4.00

    Ashley Cole

    Back to his best after being roasted by Nani last weekend. Set up the second goal with a shrewd pass to Ramires and defended and attacked with great commitment.

  • José Bosingwa
    204
    81
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    Got turned by Sinclair on a few occasions but defended solidly and cleared a header off the line in the second half just as his team were looking shaky.

  • John Obi Mikel
    333
    46
    3.50

    John Obi Mikel

    Began the game in pugnacious style by making two excellent tackles to emphatically end Swansea attacks. The Nigerian also demonstrated the more creative side of his game by nearly putting Torres through on goal in the first half with one excellent pass from near the halfway line.

  • Raúl Meireles
    311
    30
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles

    Saw plenty of the ball and generally used it perceptively as Villas-Boas preferred the former Liverpool man to Lampard. Came close to scoring on three occasions as he demonstrated his skill in timing his runs from midfield.

  • Ramires
    656
    30
    4.00

    Ramires Top of the Match

    Energy, commitment and genuine quality from the Brazilian, who is emerging as the outstanding midfielder at Chelsea. Finished superbly for both of his goals following brilliant breakaways and showed his versatility by attacking menacingly from the right flank in the second half.

  • Juan Mata
    416
    14
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Ostensibly stationed left of Chelsea's front three, but was given licence to roam and it was from right of centre that he created Chelsea's opener by dinking a lovely ball on to the chest of Torres. Received a standing ovation when he was surprisingly withdrawn in the 59th minute.

  • Fernando Torres
    748
    74
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Chants of 'Torres, Torres' filled the Bridge following his emphatically dispatched second goal in consecutive games and his first in front of the Shed End. The Spaniard also played a hand in the second by Ramires but the adrenaline got the better of him and he can have few complaints with the straight red card for his two-footed lunge on Gower. Can still consider himself in credit despite his team having to play with 10 men for the majority of the game.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    356
    23
    3.50

    Nicolas Anelka

    Impressive display by the Frenchman, both on the right of the front three, and as the lone striker following Torres' red card. Belted a second half long-ranger against the crossbar.

Substitutions

  • Josh McEachran
    230
    31
    0.00

    Josh McEachran

    Came on for Meireles late on.

  • Florent Malouda
    198
    44
    3.00

    Florent Malouda

    Replaced Mata as Chelsea changed formation to 4-4-1 and tried to batten down the hatches after an hour. Helped strengthen the midfield.

  • Didier Drogba
    410
    27
    3.00

    Didier Drogba

    Hugged Brendan Rodgers on the touchline when he came on to a rapturous reception late on following his spell out with concussion. Demonstrated his touch has not deserted him by poaching the fourth goal four minutes into added time.

  • Michel Vorm
    21
    37
    2.50

    Michel Vorm

    Made some fine saves but his positioning was poor at times and will be glad there was no further damage.

  • Ashley Williams
    16
    26
    3.00

    Ashley Williams

    Headed a late consolation goal and never gave anything less than wholehearted commitment in what was a tough assignment.

  • Neil Taylor
    9
    21
    2.50

    Neil Taylor

    Struggled to cope with the pace, energy and well-timed runs of Ramires.

  • Ángel Rangel
    17
    20
    3.00

    Ángel Rangel

    One of his team's better performers. Defended solidly and made some fine charges forward in the second half.

  • Mark Gower
    7
    22
    3.00

    Mark Gower

    Fortunate not to have been seriously hurt by Torres' two-footed lunge and dusted himself down to help his team gain a foothold in the central acres.

  • Leon Britton
    9
    21
    3.00

    Leon Britton

    The former Arsenal trainee held his own in typically tidy fashion in the opening half but was replaced during the break by the more offensive Routledge.

  • Nathan Dyer
    27
    24
    3.50

    Nathan Dyer

    Never quite able to master Cole, but had a tasty battle with the left-back and was the most impressive of Swansea's front three with his jet-heeled pace and wholehearted commitment. Struck the bar with a thunderous second-half strike.

  • Joe Allen
    8
    23
    2.50

    Joe Allen

    Just about managed to keep his head above water.

  • Scott Sinclair
    30
    26
    3.00

    Scott Sinclair

    His pace and trickery caused problems to Bosingwa but he tried to overelaborate too often.

  • Leroy Lita
    23
    50
    2.00

    Leroy Lita Flop of the Match

    Anonymous display by the much-travelled striker and withdrawn after an hour.

Substitutions

  • Wayne Routledge
    9
    22
    3.00

    Wayne Routledge

    Brought some panache to the Swansea midfield following his half-time introduction.

  • Danny Graham
    6
    22
    2.50

    Danny Graham

    Swansea's record signing again looked worryingly ineffective after replacing Lita.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0