Chelsea vs Swansea Player Ratings

Swansea showed the value of teamwork and won 2-0 against Chelsea with the Blues suffering from two poor performances on both ends of the pitch at Stamford Bridge.

Does he feel that his days are numbered?

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

It should be no surprise that the match was largely decided by the insipid showings of Fernando Torres and Branislav Ivanovic on Wednesday night. The Serbian was culpable for both of Swansea's goals while Torres rarely got into promising positions and scuffed most of his chances.

Otherwise, the game should have swung the home side's favour as they were relentless in their attack but were let down by some lacklustre finishing inside the box. The Swans, on the other hand, were diligent with their defending and marking although they also had to resort to some physical intimidation to reduce the intensity of the Chelsea attack.

ESPNSTAR.com rates the best and worst players from a game that might leave Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez worrying for his job as it's hard to see how his side can reach the final after this performance.

Chelsea

Ross Turnbull - 5

The goalkeeper only had to deal with four shots in the game but did not rush out quickly enough to prevent Graham from getting on the end of a poor backpass for Swansea's second goal. Petr Cech would have definitely made his presence felt and you'd be hard-pressed to remember an occasion when the defenders mistook their goalkeeper's position in this manner.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 6

Showed a keenness to join the attack but few of his crosses found their intended target.

Branislav Ivanovic - 3

Ivanovic let his goalscoring tendencies distract him from his main defensive duties and will have no one but himself to blame for the scoreline.

Gary Cahill - 6

The Englishman was a tad more diligent and even made some good runs forward to help out the attack.

Ashley Cole - 6.5

Easily the only defender that can consider a job well done on the night as he caused no problems for his goalkeeper and helped out as often as he could going forward.

David Luiz - 5.5

Marauding about, he was effective in the first half but became a hindrance in the second and spurned several free-kick opportunities.

Ramires (off 71') - 5

It was surprising to see Ramires bullied off the ball and he was not at his spirited best within the game. Even worse, he had the best chance to secure the lead in the first half when a great lay-off found him free inside the box but he took too long to release the trigger.

Juan Mata - 6

The Spaniard had an off-day and missed several opportunities to ink his name on the scoresheet.

Oscar (off 82') - 6.5

The midfield starlet was the most determined player and regularly danced past challenges and sent in crosses from the right. Unfortunately, the rest of his team were not as energetic and could not think as quickly as he did on the night.

Eden Hazard - 6

The Belgian could have easily gotten on the scoresheet early on but lost steam after the break. Perhaps, defenders have gotten used to his bag of tricks and it's time for the 22-year-old to diversify his play.

Fernando Torres (off 81') - 4

It says quite a lot when a new signing who has yet to be integrated into the tactical set-up seems more attuned to his surroundings than the Spanish frontman. On this showing, it's guaranteed that Torres will be benched against Stoke over the weekend and, if Benitez has any clout, he might lose his place in the starting XI altogether.

Substitutes

Frank Lampard (on 71') - 6

Didn't really have enough time to make much of an impact but, unlike his team-mates, managed to keep his shots on target.

Demba Ba (on 81') - 6.5

The ex-Newcastle striker was wrongly charged with a yellow card for diving and was only marginally offside when a goal-bound effort went in late in the game.

Marko Marin (on 82') - N/A

The German may have found opportunities limited in his first season but he's hardly the kind of player who makes an explosive impact off the bench.

Swansea

Gerhard Tremmel - 8

It wasn't just the German's lucky day as he made a terrific save off a Luiz pot-shot in the 58th minute which justified his manager's faith in him. He has been the main man between the sticks for the Swans during their cup run, ahead of the equally impressive Michel Vorm, and could play an important role in the return leg at the Liberty Stadium.

Angel Rangel - 7.5

The 30-year-old could not always match the pace of the Chelsea players but did his best to prevent them from having the time or the space to send in accurate crosses from the left.

Chico Flores - 7.5

Manager Michael Laudrup suffered a brief scare when Chico had to get off the pitch after an altercation but luckily, the Spanish defender came back on and continued to put in an impressive performance.

Ashley Williams - 8

The Swansea captain put his body on the line on a number of occasions and was a force to be reckoned with.

Ben Davies - 7

The absence of the reliable Neil Taylor has hardly been noticed with Davies working hard on the left side of defence.

Wayne Routledge (off 63') - 7

Routledge wasn't as effective down the flanks as he could have been but did well to shrug off the attentions of the Chelsea defenders and keep hold of the ball.

Leon Britton - 7

Britton played the role that Joe Allen is supposed to carry out at Liverpool, recycling possession and helping lessen the pressure on the defence.

Jonathan de Guzman - 8

De Guzman sent in some astute passes in areas of space that were easy for the advanced players to chase and hold up play with. Moreover, it was his industry that allowed Swansea to gain the lead as he spotted how Ivanovic letting the ball get beyond his reach and it was then a simple matter to release the excellent Michu into the box.

Ki Sung-Yueng - 7.5

Ki belied his age as he demonstrated great maturity for a 23-year-old and won the ball off the Chelsea players with consummate ease.

Pablo Hernandez - 7

The ex-Valencia man showed a good turn of pace and repeatedly got the ball down the right byline but could not send in dangerous crosses.

Michu (off 82') - 8.5

What can you say about a player that defies explanation? On the one hand, you could argue that he was immensely lucky to benefit from Ivanovic's lapses in concentration but even otherwise, he made a meal out of the tiniest morsels afforded to him. The Spaniard demonstrates a single-mindedness that few forwards possess and makes perfect decisions within the shortest time-frames.

Michu shows the importance of having a strong and sharp forward as no side can be truly considered a superior outfit against the Swans as long as he's on the pitch.

Substitutes

Dwight Tiendalli (on 63') - 7

As soon as he came on, the full-back helped initiate an attempt on goal and helped ensure that counter-attack remained the best form of defence for the visiting side.

Danny Graham (on 82') - 7

Rumours of an impending move to Sunderland abound but if Graham's late goal helps the Swans reach the final, it is quite likely that he will stay on and assist the Welsh club win their first significant trophy.



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