[Player Ratings] Chelsea 2-1 Man City: How The Blues Rated As Torres Hits Winner

By on October 27, 2013

Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to close the gap on Arsenal to two points. Here, Joe Carroll gives us his player ratings for Jose Mourinho’s men.

Fernando Torres vs Leicester

A Joe Hart error allowed Chelsea to grab a last-minute winner against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Torres struck in the 90th minute to give the Blues a 2-1 victory following a defensive howler between City keeper Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic. There was a distinct lack of communication between the pair when Willian sent the ball long up-field, and when Nastasic headed past his own keeper towards goal, Torres was first to the loose ball to convert.

It was a thrilling end to a close encounter between two teams that will hope to be lifting the Premier League trophy come May, and emotions were so high that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho took to the stands to celebrate the winning goal.

It was no less than Torres deserved after a promising display throughout. The Spaniard should have seen his side in front inside half an hour when he found space inside the penalty area before blazing his effort over the bar. But the making of Chelsea’s opening goal was all his own, gliding past Gael Clichy and crossing for Andre Schurrle to tap in his first goal in blue.

Sergio Aguero levelled matters shortly after half-time with a piercing first-time shot that left Petr Cech with no chance. Both sides continued to press in search of the winner and the game looked to be heading for a draw before the calamity in the City defence which allowed Torres to score.

Chelsea Ratings:

Cech- 6- nothing the Czech could do about Aguero’s thunder-strike. Made some smart saves when called upon.

Cole- 7- was very rarely beaten in defence and as usual contributed to his side’s attacking forays. Very dependable.

Terry- 7- a solid performance from the skipper who organised his defence and went close to scoring with a couple of headers.

Cahill- 6- has had to watch from the bench on a number of occasions so far this season but was showed he was more than capable of keeping his place here. Good display.

Ivanovic- 6- appeared too concerned with City’s attacking threat (and rightly so) to get too far forward himself. Dependable and formed part of a solid back four.

Lampard- 5- was substituted for Mikel in the second half after a mediocre performance. Was outshone by the likes of David Silva and Yaya Toure. We often hear that Lampard rises to the big occasions; sadly not on this one.

Ramires- 7- was one of Chelsea’s best players and has become a vital cog in the Blue’s midfield engine. Was up and down all game with tireless running.

Hazard- 6- the Belgian showed some glimpses of inspiration in the first half but failed to keep it up before being dragged off for Samuel Eto’o for the final few minutes.

Oscar- 7- another good performance in his free role behind the striker. Was so often the creative link between midfield and the final third.

Schurrle- 7- the German has upped his game in the last couple of weeks after an unconvincing start to his Chelsea career. Bagged his first goal for the club and showed great energy getting up and down the flank.

Torres- 9- it’s not often we’ve seen Torres outshine his team mates but the Spaniard led the fight from the first whistle. Should have opened his account for the day before smashing an effort over from 8 yards out, but he recovered to set up Schurrle and chased down Nastasic, causing the error which allowed him to score the last minute winner.

Subs

Mikel- 6- did himself no harm with a solid display for the final 25 minutes.

Willian- 6- came on for Schurrle and offered his team relief by working the flank.

Eto’o- 5- only had a couple of minutes on the pitch- no time to make an impact.

Man of the Match- Fernando Torres- one of the best displays in a Blue shirt we’ve seen from the Spaniard. Seems to have hit a good patch of form with some important goals while he also appears to have his confidence back. Another touch of Mourinho magic, perhaps?

What was your take on the fantastic win against City? Was it deserved, or was it more down to luck (Hart’s error)? What did you make of Torres’ performance? Do you think Mourinho is starting to get the best out of him? Is he back to his old self? Do you think the Blues will finish above City come the end of the season?…please leave your comments below…

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28 Comments

  1. jeffrey

    October 27, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I think Oscar, Mazard & ivanovic all had a bad day @ the office just like Lampard.

  2. Mrsmiles

    October 27, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    It was indeed a deserved win for cfc, for the past 2yrs it has always been 2 – 1 against city either In cfc’s favour or otherwise, but after the match I can see torres getting his real self back cos after mising from 8yards he still kept on fighting and still buried the game unexpectedly, am sure after the change in the 65th min we can see how it worked out fine with mikel holding the line.. It is a good game for the players and club, If we can keep this form, we’ll be unstopble.

  3. Joel

    October 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Despite every thin I gave the thanks to John Obi mikel who stablized the midfiled

  4. arkadiy

    October 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    it is a lot of why for maurinio-it was pure luck and torres persistance.hasard and oskar were out of game as well as lampard.why he did not put david luis and mata.this victory did not convince chelsea fans.

    • Dgun

      October 28, 2013 at 3:17 am

      @arkadiy: u think luiz and mata will fare betteragainst city?? I love both mata and luiz, but sorry to say mata can’t defend, and luiz is prone to mistakes. And against the team which includes yaya, nasri, silva, and aguero, u need someone who can defend and not prone to mistakes as those guys will punish u in a blink of an eye when u make mistakes. Check out Aguero’s goal. Our defense did not make a mistake, still we get punished. If u still not convinced, check out the score of our last 4-5 meetings against city and draw a conclusion. And luck or not, i believe you make your own luck. U think if torres did not chase nastajic, city will make a mistake? Just the sight of running torres made city goalkeeper take the wrong decision. And lets not forget torres still had to chase the ball down as it was not goalbound.

      • buchi

        October 28, 2013 at 6:48 am

        U sure know how to watch ball,I like pple that write meaningful things.I like ur comment,and I know u don’t watch matches with biased mind

      • ola

        October 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

        am a lampard fan but we all one that the lampard 2013 is different from lampard 2003, that guy should be given a coaching position in Chelsea youth team

  5. udoka kristian

    October 28, 2013 at 3:24 am

    The inclusion of Lampard in the first half gave Man city the dominace of every thing…. Goal attempts, corners, and ball possession… Lampard couldn’t contain Fernandinho-Toure …. Could not match possession till he was change and mikel brought stability and Ramires was able to move a bit front…. Mourinho stop using Lampard please he old and he is just 10mins player….. Silva&Toure outshone lampard bs he was the only ghost player in the field

  6. udoka kristian

    October 28, 2013 at 3:25 am

    ……………..The inclusion of Lampard in the first half gave Man city the dominace of every thing…. Goal attempts, corners, and ball possession… Lampard couldn’t contain Fernandinho-Toure …. Could not match possession till he was change and mikel brought stability and Ramires was able to move a bit front…. Mourinho stop using Lampard please he old and he is just 10mins player….. Silva&Toure outshone lampard bs he was the only ghost player in the field…………

  7. Machine palele

    October 28, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I predicted 2-1 in favour of my chelsea and it has come to pass…toress keep it up my man.

  8. Rovicstar

    October 28, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Well,chelsea deserved winning,but i wondered why mourinho puts mikel on the bench 4 lampard.i believe Toress has regained his best form and confidence cos i saw him as a big threat 2ruout.My suggestion is dat,when playing against any big team,mikel should start in order to solidify d midfield and ease d pressure on the defenders.Blues 4 lyf!

  9. Jokotoye Sunday

    October 28, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Torres had a good game while the subsititution mader bu Monriho helped the team so well.A win for Chelsea was deserved as past matches (big games) by Cfc shows little concern for ball posession but purely defend and break oriented. Mou said “I dont expect to play like Barca bcos I w will never win,so I play to win using my style” so,I cant rule out luck but cfc deserved the 3 points.

  10. andyhogan

    October 28, 2013 at 5:35 am

    The game was nt all about luck, chelsea deserve the win, the 2 goals r nt lucky goals, chelsea fought 4 it, so they played beta, city is a good side so we didn’t expect chelsea to outplay them tru out the game, its was a fantastic game 4 chelsea.

  11. Olokun Eshin

    October 28, 2013 at 5:42 am

    That’s true

  12. Harrison Akpona Okorobobi

    October 28, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Torres is Back for Better let watchout for his good goals

  13. Olosco

    October 28, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Wat a wonderful performance from fernado Torres. Jose pls stop using Lampard rather Mikel. Up Chelsea @ Torres.

  14. henry

    October 28, 2013 at 5:49 am

    honnestly TORRES deserved a big credit,da only problem mistke JOSE has got to put rite,z to stop using LAMPS in al matches.pliz thk of mikel

  15. Carsey01

    October 28, 2013 at 6:26 am

    The issue of lampard is very serious.mou we are not here for ‘who knows who’lamp is OLD.and should play in conecup.or coming in 70mins.great seeing Torres back.creating and scoring,good runs.More of it.

  16. Josmat

    October 28, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Up blue wat d guys play last nite was a gud game pls mou stop using lampard give us obi make use of mata willian is nt much in dat game pls mata we need most up blue

  17. Gideon Nwokeji

    October 28, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Torres is beginning to become as fantastic as he was in the past; Lampard is limited due to age. Please Mourinho try and give Mikel the opportunity to establish himself among the firing squad, he is a much more younger player than the inconsistent Lampard ( no doubt he’s been tremendous for team so far though ).

  18. willz

    October 28, 2013 at 7:55 am

    was so happy wit d way chelsea playd, a standard game n a standard performance from d both teams chelsea u guyz ar up 4 d EPL

  19. willz

    October 28, 2013 at 8:02 am

    well done BOSS ur d man, alwayz give TORRES a start up front jst to help him do more better n MIKL.. Jose ur presence is begining to change tinz in CHELSEA

  20. boss

    October 28, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Great game!. . .oscar,hazard,schurrle(except 4 his goal) and lampard all had a bad day in da office. It wz thrilling watching a rejuvenated torres. Even though cahill didnt av a bad game,i believe luiz wuld av done beta in terms of dat aguero’s goal,mata wz a beta option other than oscar,he wuld av done beta wit chelsea’s set-pieces.

    • zeee

      October 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      you are wrong!!! Schurrle had a good game. he was all over the pitch blocking mancity raids. Mata is a good player when playing open game. these tight he is lost. Yes oscar was not himself yesterday. but he has been our match winner

  21. alituha joshua

    October 28, 2013 at 10:46 am

    if chelsea keeps on that form i hope it can take the trophy

  22. Gatjang Gabriel Kai

    October 28, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Torres was man of the match, and he’s back the Torres we used to see. The Blues!!!!!

  23. spencer

    October 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    mourinho really needs to know this…… stop using that old man [lampard] rather use mikel and i still dont understand why u always leave essien out from beginnig ofthe season… he or mikel is better than lampard… and i praise mourinho for trusting in torres dat only gave the 29 yr old the fighting spirit… torres is at his best.. keep it up

  24. ezekiel emmanuel edem

    October 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I went tru 1 of d player ratings placed on dis site nd was aghasted @ wat I saw.Imagin Lampard bin rated ahead of Mikel n yesterday’s game?The English press ve bin biased in dia analysis of yesterdays match.Mikel shud get mor playin tym than Lamps,he brings stability to d midfield.

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