Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-0 Juventus

Ewan Macdonald runs the rule over the individual performers in Chelsea's 1-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League.

Cech 6.5 -
Very quick off his line in the first period but in the second he was less positive.

Bosingwa 7 - Caught out a couple of times when Chelsea hit on the break but more than made up for it with his attacking play.

Alex 7.5 - Eminently comfortable, and never scared to play the simple ball. The only times he really struggled were when he was played into pressure by the ailing midfield in the last stages of the game.

Terry 6.5 - Ineffectual at early set pieces, Terry struggled to marshal the back line at times, although there were no really glaring errors.

Ashley Cole 5.5 - A couple of good runs in the first half can't disguise what was largely a disappearing act from Cole.

Lampard 7 - A hard-working performance from the Englishman, who can be pleased with his evening's efforts.

Mikel Obi 5.5 - Prone to tripping over himself, at least Mikel was able to hold the ball up in the second period at times. But when Juve were getting overrun he was nowhere to be found.

Ballack 6.5 - Didn't have the happiest of matches and was deservedly removed after his booking, the tide turning against the Blues by then. Still, he tracked back well.

Kalou 7 - Remarkable vision and opportunism to set up the first goal. After that he saw plenty of the ball, but the end product grew more and more disappointing: a mixed showing, then.

Drogba 8.5 - Great finish for the opener and a roving presence otherwise. Some call him a 'big game player' - based on tonight's showing that could certainly be true, for he rose to the occasion and no mistake. Should have had a penalty in the second half, too - in my opinion.

Anelka 6.5 - Unselfishly manned the wing but his impact out on the left was modest. Did what was asked of him - play a running-based wide role - but couldn't excel in it. He can't excel in it, and perhaps shouldn't be asked to. Hiddink beware.


Malouda 5.5 - The usual: no real product to speak of. Was introduced for pace, and provided pace... but nothing else.

Mancienne 6


Buffon 6.5 - Could have done nothing about the goal. One shaky moment coming off his line; no problems otherwise.

Mellberg 6 - Unspectacular, although he made a good effort to get forward.

Chiellini 5.5 - Played Lampard and Drogba onside for the opener, although he did get better after that.

Legrottaglie 6 - Caught out badly for the first goal and otherwise second to every high ball. That said, he improved greatly towards the end.

Molinaro 6 - I don't think it uncharitable to deem him 'outclassed' in terms of ability, but Molinaro never gives up and gets stuck in. At the start of the game this left him looking amateurish; by the end, though, he was the perfect Juve antidote to the tired Chelsea attackers.

Camoranesi 4.5 - Must have known as he went in at half time that he wasn't long for this game. Deservedly substituted not long after a miserable first half.

Sissoko 7 - Could never be accused of being anything less than a battler. Only removed due to his booking. Was unlucky that those around him only matched his structured play in bursts.

Tiago 7.5 -
Completely calm while others in the midfield struggled to maintain composure. A key attacking influence, and wouldn't have come off so early were it not for a facial injury.

Nedved 6.5 - Most effective when cutting inside, Nedved's performance was far from a classic. That said, that deflected shot right at the end...

Del Piero 7 -
A skipper's showing - eventually - but one in which he could have found a bit more definition.

Amauri 7 - Burst into life in the second period as he deployed himself deeper down the pitch.


Marchionni 7 - While he dithered a bit too much at times, when he did play a forward ball it was pretty much always useful: that's what Juve needed.

Marchisio 6.5 -
Added a spark of energy at the right time.

Trezeguet N/A

Ewan Macdonald,