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Champions League Player Ratings: Atletico Madrid 2-2 Chelsea

By Alex Dimond


Sergio Asenjo - 6.5 - Solid all-round performance from the young stopper. Looked like foiling Drogba throughout the game, but late header was pinpoint and Ivorian's second goal came from a save that rebounded straight back to him. Unlucky.

Luis Perea - 6.5 - Looked more at home at right-back, and his pace helped his side out on a number of occasions. Will have enjoyed this night much more than the side's last meeting.

Juanito - 6 - Started the game well, and dealt with Chelsea's threat every time they broke on the counter attack. But will be disappointed with how Drogba cut through for his second goal.

Pablo Ibanez
- 6 - Every reason to be pleased with solid defensive display - for 80 minutes. Looked like keeping Drogba quiet for the whole game, but was turned inside-out late on.

Antonio Lopez - 7 - Certainly an improvement on the horror show he put on at Stamford Bridge, and will be delighted that his deflected cross provided Aguero with his goal.

Paulo Assuncao - 6 - Solid in the engine room for his side, and seemed to relish his duel with Essien.

Cleber Santana - 6.5 - Good performance from the Brazilian enforcer, who also looked to get forward and support his attackers when possible.

Simao Sabrosa - 6 - Drifted in and out of the match, delivery was not always up to scratch but always looked like he might create something.

Jose Reyes - 7 - Early curling effort beautifully saved by Cech, and the former Arsenal winger took confidence from that and contributed a solid performance up until his withdrawal.

Diego Forlan - 6 - Sublime movement all game. Shooting opportunities only really came from range, however, and was outshone by his young strike partner.

Florent Sinama-Pongolle
- 5.5 - A willing runner throughout, but was effectively shackled by John Terry all the same. Substituted on 53 minutes for Aguero.


Sergio Aguero - 8 - Early second-half substitute, and groin injury didn't seem to effect him as he lashed home a wonderful volley for the opener, Atletico's first goal of the competition. Last minute free-kick was equally sublime.

Maxi Rodriguez - 6 - Solid performance from the Argentina international, if nothing spectacular.

Jose Manuel Jurado
- 6 - Late replacement for Simao. Made a good impact in a short space of time.


Petr Cech - 6.5 - Made a couple of good saves from Reyes in what was another solid performance for the big man. Was powerless to prevent the goals.

Juliano Belletti
- 6 - Doesn't convince at right-back, either defensively or going forward. But was never exposed by the opposition in a decent shift.

Alex - 7 - Encouraging performance on his return to the first-team, although his header landed perfectly for Aguero's goal. Nevertheless, the Brazilian looks ready to give Ancelotti a selection headache at the centre of defence.

John Terry - 6.5 - Imposing as always. Put Sinama-Pongolle in his pocket, although Aguero caused many more problems after arriving in the second half.

Ashley Cole - 6 - Looked rusty after missing the past few games. Didn't venture forward as much as perhaps would be expected in a subdued performance.

Michael Essien
- 7 - Put his stamp on the game very early on, and provided another dominate midfield performance. Risked being sent off after first-half booking, so was withdrawn early for Ballack.

Frank Lampard
- 6.5 - Disciplined defensive performance, but also went close on a number of occasions going forward. Good selfless effort.

Florent Malouda - 6.5 - Struggled to get going as Atletico swarmed midfield. Provided one quality ball for Drogba's header, but overall effort was symptomatic of slightly disjointed team performance.

Joe Cole - 5 - Another who struggled to make much of an impact on a game that Chelsea only fleetingly controlled. Ancelotti will not be calling the midfielder a "genius" after this effort.

Didier Drogba - 8 - Saw his free-kick tipped onto the post in what looked like being Chelsea's best chance, but then grabbed crucial (if undeserved) equaliser later on. Deserved luck for second goal, real solo effort. A typical physical performance on his return to the Champions League. Brilliant defensively.

Salomon Kalou - 4.5 - Poor night for the Ivorian who was hoping to stake his place for more first-team action. Simply didn't look at the same level as his team-mates.


Michael Ballack - 6.5 - Replaced Essien on the hour. His defensive discipline was generally in evidence in a solid contribution.

Nicolas Anelka - 6.5 - Replaced the poor Kalou in an Ancelotti double substitution. His movement and guile seemed to give side a lift.

Deco - 6 - Replaced Joe Cole with 20 minutes remaining. Had good chance to equalise, in similar fashion to Aguero's goal, but volleyed wide.