Chelsea player ratings: Tammy Abraham impeccable as many Blues shine

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Mateo Kovacic of Chelsea is challenged by Jesus Vallejo of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on September 14, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Cesar Azpilicueta, Right wing back: 8

Azpilicueta continues to take a bit of abuse from some alleged Chelsea faithful. The Spaniard played very solidly, as is expected. His crosses are consistently dangerous, his passes find the right players in the right space and he continues to earn corners as he pushes forward on attack.

Marcos Alonso, Left wing back: 7

A bit of a rough day for Alonso, he started well with some early runs down the left. The well-groomed wing back had a clever cross that found Tammy Abraham’s head, which means it found the back of the net shortly thereafter, the assist showing off his positive attributes.

But he was a bit rusty at times. The second Wolves goal saw Matt Doherty get in behind Alonso and fire a rocket that resulted in a goal off the rebound. Alonso also fell to the ground looking for a foul, but took the whistle for the dive instead, giving Wolves a free kick in Chelsea’s defensive third.

Jorginho, Midfield: 7

The facilitator started in a poor fashion with numerous errant passes. Late in the first half he made a brilliant defensive play to bail out Antonio Rudiger, which is nice to see.

He sure doesn’t lack in fitness – he is constantly moving – but that doesn’t equal positive or efficient play. But he acquired his first Premier League assist, and did some more vigorous pointing, which always worked well for a former Chelsea great, Gary Cahill.

Mateo Kovacic, Midfield: 8

The Croatian was him usual self, very active and proactive in the midfield. He was the glue the team needs with N’Golo Kante missing, doing all the little things very well. Very underrated, he goes about his business in a quiet fashion, much like Kante himself, in that manner.

He was eventually subbed off in the 70′ for… no surprise, Ross Barkley. Barkley didn’t really do much of anything, and the chance or two he had he squandered.

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