Premier League Player Ratings: Chelsea 7-2 Sunderland

Seventh heaven for Blues in one-sided game at Stamford Bridge...


Petr Cech - 6 - Will be disappointed not to have kept a clean-sheet, having been beaten by Zenden's well-taken effort. Other than that the only real difference between the keeper and the crowd was that he didn't have to buy a ticket.

Ashley Cole - 7.5 - Played more left wing than left-back, a rampaging performance reminiscent of earlier in the season. Deserved his exquisitely scored goal, and added an assist for Lampard's finish. Didn't need to come out after half-time.

John Terry - 6.5 - As easy a game as he could hope to have. Made one or two interceptions, but generally watched as his team-mates caused havoc.

Ricardo Carvalho - 6.5 - Easy game for the wily Portuguese customer. Had little to do throughout and might even be a bit disappointed he couldn't be another to add their names to the scoresheet.

Branislav Ivanovic - 6.5 - Perhaps less of an attacking presence than usual, although to be fair his services were hardly needed. Dropped in almost as a third centre-back at times, keeping things tight at the back and providing a platform on which others could build.

Juliano Belletti - 7 - Has said he is enjoying his time at the base of midfield, and put in an accomplished performance once again in his new role. Broke up rare attacks that came his way, and side seemed to profit from his technical precision.

Michael Ballack - 8 - Grabbed a deserved goal in a fine display for the German. He anchored the midfield well, allowing his team-mates to prosper. Could have had more — something that could be said for almost all his team-mates.

Frank Lampard - 8 - Solid performance from the England man, will be pleased to resume Premier League action with a goal, tucked home inside the six-yard box. Still didn't get as many chances as expected, especially considering the quality of the opposition.

Joe Cole - 7.5 - Lively from the off, could have scored inside the first minute and almost set up Ashley Cole minutes later. Did set up Ballack's goal, and looked incisive throughout. Told to earn a new contract, more performances like this will provide an extremely persuasive argument.

Florent Malouda - 8 - Took advantage of a lack of pressure in midfield to dribble half the length of the field with the ball before striking into the bottom corner. Quietly regaining the sort of form that saw him became the best player in France while at Olympique Lyonnais.

Nicolas Anelka - 9 - Led the line as a solitary striker well, picking apart the opposing defence with ease. Exploited their unfamiliar backline to break off-side trap and score side's opening goal, and continued in a similar vein throughout. Will wonder how he didn't get a hat-trick. More than anyone, contributed to the game's flow.


Yuri Zhirkov - 7 - Showed the quality he has, replacing the exceptional Cole and immediately providing the same sort of threat.

Alex - 6 - Another welcome run-out for the big Brazilian. Uncompromising at all times, will be disappointed to have been beaten in the run-up to Zenden's goal.


Martin Fulop - 5.5 - Made a couple of dazzling saves, but was beaten consistently due to the sheer volume of chances created. Was not directly to blame for any goal, but won't look back on the game fondly, either.

George McCartney - 5 - Coped reasonably well with Joe Cole and Ivanovic after an initially shaky start. But could do nothing to change things as Chelsea made their superiority evident.

Paulo da Silva - 4.5 - Had some good moments, but when you concede more goals than can be counted on one hand you are going to cling onto any positives you can. He'll be seeing Anelka in his nightmares for weeks to come.

Lorik Cana - 4 - A make-shift centre-back, he was caught out by Anelka for the opening goal and things did not get better from there. Looked like a fish out of water — which is just what he was.

Phil Bardsley - 4.5 - Thrown to the wolves by Malbranque as wave upon wave of Chelsea attacks headed down the right-back's flank. Was understandably overwhelmed by it all.

David Meyler - 4.5 - Only the third game for the young midfielder, he struggled valiantly but looked out-classed. Will hopefully learn from the experience, but it could do some damage.

Jordan Henderson - 4.5 - Started reasonably brightly but soon got swamped by the quality of his opponents. Badly missed Cana or Cattermole alongside him to stem the tide.

Steed Malbranque - 3 - He'll want to forget this game, although whether his manager will allow him to is another matter. Failed spectacularly to track back, and consequently Ashley Cole ran riot. Awful performance, justifiably taken off at half-time.

Daryl Murphy - 5 - Without wanting to sound like a broken record, another who struggled to have any impact on the game. Was a better defensive shield down the left than Malbranque managed down the right — but that really isn't saying a lot.

Kenywne Jones - 5 - Feeding on scraps throughout, the striker barely got into the game. But his aerial presence did set up Zenden for his goal.

Darren Bent - 5 - Largely anonymous, Bent will not have done his England chances any good with a utterly non-descript display against elite opposition. Until the last minute, that is, when he scored with his only notable touch of the entire game.


Bolo Zenden - 6.5 - Came on for the abject Malbranque, and responded with a well-taken goal to give his side something to smile about.

Fraizer Campbell - 5 - Replaced Murphy as Sunderland looked for further crumbs of comfort. Found it hard going, however.