Chelsea vs Napoli Player Ratings

A rousing performance by the likes Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry fired Chelsea to a 4-1 victory over Napoli.

Great header from Drogba...

There was an electric atmosphere around Stamford Bridge as Chelsea took on Napoli for the second leg of their Champions League clash. The home side did not disappoint as Chelsea put on an inspired performance, dominating Napoli throughout most of the game, winning by a resounding 4-1 score-line.

The tone of the game seemed to be set from the start as Chelsea went flying into attack the moment the first whistle was blown. Didier Drogba struck first for the hosts, as he found the end of Ramires' cross, bulleting in a header midway through the first half. Returning captain John Terry looked like he wrapped things up for the English side when he flicked the ball into De Sanctis' net. It was not to be though, as Gokhan Inler struck a thunderous volley from outside the box, giving Napoli a vital away goal. The influential Frank Lampard equalized the aggregate for Chelsea 20 minutes later, when he struck from the penalty spot after an Andrea Dossena hand-ball.

The rest of the game was filled with end-to-end action, but neither side was able to break the aggregate deadlock and the match headed into extra time. Unlikely scorer Branislav Ivanovic put Chelsea back into the lead for the final time, when he got on the end of Drogba's cross to slam the ball home.

Chelsea go through to the last eight of the Champions League 5-4 on aggregate.

Chelsea

Petr Čech - 7

Cech was his usual dependable self. He stayed strong and displayed great confidence when faced with several one-on-one situations with Napoli attackers.

Branislav Ivanović - 7

The Serbian was a constant source of long balls into the box for Chelsea. However, the accuracy of his crosses was not consistent. As a result of his runs up the pitch, he often left space that was exploited by Zuniga. He turned in a game-changing performance in the first half of extra time when he struck Chelsea's fourth goal

Ashley Cole - 6

Cole's flank was a source of weakness, as he was often outwitted and outpaced by Lavezzi. The full back often backed off Lavezzi, allowing the forward to bring in Maggio into the play, making things harder for Cole.

David Luiz - 7

The Brazilian carried out his usual rampages up the field, and was once again a source of defensive worry as Napoli consistently made use of the space he left behind in the centre of defence. However, his attacking instincts often added an extra dimension to the Chelsea attack.

John Terry (off 98') - 8

Terry was Chelsea's best defender on the pitch, holding on to the ball very well despite pressure from the Napoli attack. His composure was useful as it allowed him to restart the offense from the back. Terry's performance was topped off with the fantastic header that was Chelsea's second goal.

Michael Essien - 6.5

The Ghanaian carried out his midfield anchoring role well. Essien tracked back constantly to provide his defenders with an extra passing option. His simple passes from the back aided the transition between defence and attack for Chelsea.

Ramires - 7

Ramires was not found wanting in terms of energy, making determined runs with the ball along the flanks or the centre of the park. The Brazilian was a joy to watch, as the Napoli defenders struggled to slow him down.

Frank Lampard - 7

The Englishman put on an energetic display, filled with strong challenges and dogged runs through the defence with the ball. Lampard's influence in midfield was evident, as he often played good balls into space for his team-mates. However, he was overly eager at times, leading him to give away one too many fouls. Lampard proved that he was able to step up when needed as he scored a penalty to equalize the aggregate score in the second half.

Juan Mata (off 95') - 6.5

Mata was a model cultured midfielder, playing a lively game filled with instinctive touches. The Spaniard made it difficult for the Napoli defenders to mark him, popping up all over the attacking third for Chelsea. However, his influence on the match seemed to diminish in the second half.

Didier Drogba - 7

The Ivorian took a while to get going, seemingly lacking in sharpness during the first few minutes. Despite giving away several fouls and being guilty of some poor ball releases, Drogba made sure that his presence was always felt upfront for Chelsea. His efforts were duly rewarded when he connected beautifully with Ramires' cross to score.

Daniel Sturridge (off 63') - 7

Sturridge put on a good display, taking several intuitive touches that put him one step ahead of the Napoli defenders. He was also a good source of crosses for Chelsea, as his pace often left the opposition full-backs in his wake, allowing him to pick out team-mates in the box.

Substitutions

Fernando Torres (on 63') - 6

The Spaniard seemed a little rusty, almost as if he was unsure of what to do with the ball after receiving it. He was also lacking in pace and was easily matched by the Napoli defenders. Torres had the chance to win the game for Chelsea, but he shot the ball wide of an open net.

Florent Malouda (on 95') - 6

N/A

Jose Bosingwa (on 98') - 6

N/A

Napoli

Morgan De Sanctis - 6.5

The Italian made several reflex saves to deny Chelsea. However, he often looked unsure when challenged with crosses and displayed questionable decision making when he decide to come out for balls that he should have left for his defenders.

Salvatore Aronica (off 110') - 5

Aronica displayed good anticipation during the first few minutes, clearing out several of Ivanovic's crosses. However, he was squarely to blame for Drogba's goal as he allowed the Chelsea striker to charge in and connect with Sturridge's ball unmarked. Aronica was also lucky to not have been punished when he yanked Drogba down in the box during the dying minutes of the game.

Hugo Campagnaro - 6

The Argentinean looked unsteady at times, guilty of several bad touches that led to possible goal-scoring chances for Chelsea.

Paolo Cannavaro - 6.5

Cannavaro was one of Napoli's better defenders, often putting his body on the line to protect De Sanctis' goal.

Christian Maggio (off 37') - 6.5

Before he was taken off due to injury, Maggio put on a good performance for Napoli. He was a source of several good crosses, after his determined runs up the flank. The Italian was at times a wingback, tracking back to defend his team's flank on quite a few occasions.

Marek Hamšík (off 106') - 7

Hamsik displayed good ball control, enabling him to trick his way past whomever Chelsea put in his way. The midfielder also found his team-mates in space very well, playing accurate balls to get them involved.

Juan Zúñiga - 6.5

The Columbian was a thorn in Ivanovic's side, dribbling down the flank and capitalizing on the space afforded to him whenever Chelsea failed to close him down.

Walter Gargano - 6

Gargano's influence on the game was minimal, as he spent the night chasing the shadows of the Chelsea midfielders.

Gokhan Inler - 6.5

The central midfielder was one of Napoli's unsung heroes, fighting hard to keep the Chelsea midfield quiet. He displayed excellent instincts during the goal he scored, collecting the ball beautifully on his chest before firing a volley into Cech's net.

Edison Cavani - 6.5

Cavani troubled the Chelsea defence whenever he was on the ball. The Uruguayan was fast and strong, making him very hard to mark. Cavani was also full of tireless running, but he had nothing to show for his efforts due to over-eagerness. The striker shot whenever there was an opening, though there were several instances where a pass to a team-mate would have been more beneficial to Napoli.

Ezequiel Lavezzi - 6.5

The Argentinean started off the game strongly, looking sharp and displaying good anticipation. However, his eagerness got the better of him as the game went on, resulting in him taking several disappointing shots. Lavezzi's influence was hardly felt in the second half as he saw minimal possession. The striker had the chance to finish off Chelsea in the last five minutes, but his header went wide.

Substitutions

Andrea Dossena (on 37') - 5

The Italian failed to match his compatriot Maggio's impact, and he had negligible sway on the game despite coming on midway through the first half. To make matters worse, he committed an unnecessary hand-ball that led to Lampard's penalty.

Goran Pandev (on 106') - 6

N/A

Eduardo Vargas (on 110') - 6

N/A



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