[Player Ratings] Chelsea 3-0 Schalke: Eto’o Shines As Blues Take Charge Of Group E

By on November 7, 2013

Samuel Eto'o

Chelsea took a step closer to the last 16 of the Champions League after a 3-0 win over Schalke 04.

Samuel Eto’o scored his first two Champions League goals for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the first thanks to a mistake by Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand when Eto’o blocked the hesitant stopper’s clearance.

Schalke had actually started the game the better team and they should have equalised early in the second half through Julian Draxler but Petr Cech saved well. Willian helped Chelsea counter attack and laid on Eto’o’s second of the game: a potent finish across the keeper.

It looked to be 3-0 soon after when Oscar had the ball in the net but his effort was chalked off for offside. Schalke came close again as they sought a way back into the game but substitute Demba Ba ensured it was the blues of Chelsea topping Group E, finishing well after a smart turn.

The home win over the Germans was Chelsea’s 100th win in UEFA competitions and means Jose Mourinho’s side need just one point from their remaining two games to ensure progression to the knock out phase.

Player Ratings

Cech- 7- made an excellent save from Draxler at 1-0, from which his side broke to double their advantage

Azpilicueta- 8- filling in for Cole and the injured Bertrand at left back and did superbly well. Full of energy up and down the flank and did his defensive duties when called upon

Terry- 7- another assured and mature performance from the experienced skipper. Led his team well and defended resolutely

Cahill- 7- formed a solid partnership with Terry. The two look to be Mourinho’s most dependable centre half pairing. Strong in the tackle and read the game well

Ivanovic- 6- the Serb is always ready and willing to play the full back role and despite his eagerness to attack, his final ball was disappointing

Mikel- 6- a decent performance from the Nigerian. A few shaky moments but mostly fine.

Ramires- 5- appeared slightly unsettled and wasn’t his usual energetic self. Looks more comfortable with Frank Lampard alongside him.

Schurrle- 6- was dependable on the left side of midfield. Good in spells, just needs to apply himself for 90 minutes

Oscar- 7- a good performance from one of Chelsea’s best players this season. Had better games but was still a threat and opened up Schalke a few times

Willian- 7- looked much livelier than we’ve seen in his first couple of Chelsea appearances. Set up Eto’o’s second goal and was involved in the third

Eto’o- 8- arguably his best performance since his summer move to the club. Worked hard and put keeper under pressure for the opener. Superb finish for his second goal

Subs

Lampard- 7- came on for Oscar with 10 minutes left. Just gave the midfield a bit more stability to see the game out. Assist for Ba’s goal

De Bruyne- 5- replaced Schurrle with 12 minutes to go but failed to impress

Ba- 7- missed a glorious chance as soon as he was introduced but made amends with a classy finish

Man of the Match- Eto’o- brilliant display from the Cameroonian. Made a nuisance of himself all night, was in the right place to dispatch his first and was clinical to notch his second of the game.

What did you think of last night’s game? Was Mourinho right to make the 6 changes he did? Does the result guarantee qualification? Were you impressed with Eto’o’s performance? Is he the man to fire Chelsea to trophies this season? Just how many goals can he get?…please leave you comments below…

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20 Comments

  1. Adedapo R.

    November 7, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I am happy 4 Mou he did justice to his lineup. Mou almost scored me 100% as per my predicted lineup. Up Mou blues 4life

  2. Ejehsunday

    November 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Mourinho? god bless u for me u no ur wrk as a coach. God should give u more knowledge to leed ur peoples to glory.

  3. Dennis Oletukovie

    November 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Yap, i greeted d lineup with a welcom reception. I hv also said it d@ Willian is a brilliant signing 4 us. Cahill is 1 of our best defenders also due 2 his focus and awareness. But, im charging Mata 2 pls step up ur game cos i want 2 c u play. Up chelsea!

  4. Festus

    November 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    U press are d ones always making manager to change players,who told u ramires is more comfortable playing wit lampard than mikel

  5. Eto'oal

    November 7, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Ramires and Mikel should be our midfield partnership, at least until January. Lampard just cannot excel in that role and is now nearly 36, he should no longer be a starter for us.

  6. Benson

    November 7, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Good selection, lovely display and a wonderful motivations. They defended very well, look more than dangerous when attacking. Mouriho did well to have dropped hazard, so that next time he will be conscious of time and appear promptly to training. No player is above CFC. Up BLUES!!!

  7. saint lord

    November 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    it’s ludicrous to state that ramires is more comfortable with lampard in the midfield than mikel. Lampard lacks the energy and marking ability to handle that position, check newcastle’s match. Best response to our defeat. Up blues.

  8. Evergreencj

    November 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I was about to agree with you on your ratings, but when I read your surprised and unfounded comment that Ramires “looks more comfortable with Frank Lampard alongside him”, I began to seriously doubt your knowledge of the team and players you just rated!!!

  9. Skywillzy

    November 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I dnt actualy no y u press hate mikel,lampard as a sub u rate him abov mikel and ramires.shame to u. Better huge transfamer.

  10. happy emmanuel asukwo

    November 7, 2013 at 11:52 am

    long live mourinho long live chelseafc long live all chelsea fanz. Nice display 4rm Eto’o mikel z beta dan lampard now adays mourinho shld give him a chance 2 display talent. up chelsea.

  11. Oludotun desmond.

    November 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    It’s disrespectful to say ramirez is more comfortable with lampard than mikel,a lampard that as a very poor passing ability,the english press are unbelievable. No wonder the three lions can not win a major tournament coz u english press always over rate the abilities of your players. it time you accept the fact that lampard is old.

  12. Miko

    November 7, 2013 at 11:58 am

    They is all grate but wish Willien could lift a corner kick over first defender??

  13. Parly

    November 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    you are a total novies when it comes to cfc midfeild..am don

  14. kuye

    November 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Mikel is a midfield general
    Mikel has struggled somewhat this season in terms of getting a run of games, but when he is given the nod he takes his chances.
    The Nigerian completed 77/82 (94%) of his passes, made three clearances and won both of his take ons.

  15. aminu

    November 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    nice play but mur shuld gv mikel chance 2 shw him self.

  16. paroo

    November 7, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    mourinho, tnks 4 using mikel nd I guess u saa aw tight d midfield wz…. lampard is old nd shud b allowd 2 play small matches or capital 1 cup

  17. JAMES

    November 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Mikel is better than Lampard in terms of bringing stability to the midfield Against Arsenal in carling Cup chelsea did no conceed a goal and won 2-0. Against Shalke chelsea won 3-0 without conceeding a goal against Newcastle Mikel did not start and Chelsea lost 2-0. Though Lampard is a vetran with eye for goal and a great vision but I think Lampard has passed is prime maybe because of the World Cup coming up next year that is why Mourinho keep using him but after the word cup, Lampard should retired from Chelsea and England and move to America.

  18. ernest obinna

    November 7, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Mikel is d peak of chelsea midfield n shuld be given more playing time to unify and consolidate d midfield for a winning role for d club

  19. EMMANUEL AGBAZUE

    November 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Actury mikel is better player than frank lampard

  20. Dennis

    November 8, 2013 at 7:34 am

    Chelsea have a strong squad so any player called upon shud gv his 110%.

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