How those Chelsea Wembley heroes rated
A superbly disciplined defensive performance from Antonio Conte's men carried the day. An Eden Hazard penalty was enough to beat Man United 1-0 at Wembley. Here is how we scored the players.
Thibaut Courtois: 7
Surprising how little he had to do in the first half. Saved well from Marcus Rashford in United’s best opening at the start of the second half and also rushed out to smother a chip from the striker.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Kept a watchful eye over Ashley Young and then coped well with the fresh legs of Anthony Martial, who came off the bench for the latter stages. As dependable as ever.
Antonio Rudiger: 8
Superb interventions – snuffing out Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia and Rashford at different times. Speed and anticipation outstanding and a vital feature of the game.
Gary Cahill: 8
Excellent at the heart of a stubborn Chelsea defence. Both in the air and on the ground, hardly put a foot wrong. A day to show just why Gareth Southgate wants him on the plane to Russia.
N’Golo Kante: 8
Gobbled up the ground and made life miserable for United with that nagging persistence of his. Superb run should have brought a goal for Alonso. Stole plenty of possession and weighed in with so many tackles.
Tiemoue Bakayoko: 6
An underwhelming first season in west London ends on a high. A much more focused and disciplined performance than we have seen for much of the campaign.
Cesc Fabregas: 7
Superb first-time pass paved the way for Hazard’s great run to goal and penalty. Won an early battle with Paul Pogba to show he was ready to graft as well as create.
Marcos Alonso: 7
Should have made it 2-0 after getting inside the box to take delivery of an open invitation from Kante. But his game was more about tracking back today and stopping Valencia from getting down the right flank. Disciplined and canny.
Victor Moses: 6
Chelsea’s other wing back also concentrated on defensive duties rather than opportunities to break forward as Conte opted for a tight ship.
Olivier Giroud: 6
Conte elected to keep the semi-final hero in the starting XI rather than opt for Willian, and his presence and hold up play played a part in the game plan. Replaced by Alvaro Morata late on.
Eden Hazard: 9
Magnificent first touch and run on goal won the penalty off Phil Jones which he then put away with ice-cool precision. A thorn in United’s side with his ball carrying and distribution. Forced David De Gea into an early save at his near post and was always offering an outlet. Afforded great reception when he gave way to Willian at the death.