No repeat of run to League Cup final this year for under-par Blues. Here's how they rated.

 

 

There was to be no revenge for the opening weekend mauling for Chelsea at Man United. A disappointing 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat was not the riposte to that 4-0 thrashing Frank Lampard had hoped for. Here we assess how the players did against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

 

Chelsea 4-3-3

Willy Caballero: 5

The penalty expert could not do it this time – going the wrong way as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring from the spot. Positioning looked suspect for the long-range winner he let in.

Reece James: 6

Found himself up against another rookie in Brandon Williams and acquitted himself well at right back. Got forward when he could to support Hudson-odoi.

Kurt Zouma: 7

A few typically surging runs in the first half, when he had little to do, as United were without a conventional centre forward. But his power and presence were needed in the second half as the visitors asked a few more questions.

Marc Guehi: 6

Not put under too much pressure in only his second appearance for the Blues and should take heart from his night’s work.

Marcos Alonso: 5

Clumsy challenge on Daniel James gifted United opener from the penalty spot after the visitors had hardly threatened. Had a late shot at goal but not one of the Spaniard’s better displays.

Billy Gilmour: 5

Worked very hard to get in the game, drifting across midfield in search of the ball. Had a good run on goal in the second half which ended in a shot being blocked by Marcos Rojo.

Jorginho: 6

Some typically unfussy tidying up and link up play from Chelsea’s skipper for the day – Cesar Azpilicueta starting on the bench.

Mateo Kovacic: 5

Not involved in the big moments, as is often the case for the Croatian. Lots of running but underwhelming. Wafted a late strike well wide and picked up a booking.

Callum Hudson-Odoi: 6

Took a painful tumble over the advertising hoardings and it summed up a slightly disappointing night for the winger. Missed a low cross from Alonso from six yards and volleyed another effort just over.

Christian Pulisic: 5

Struggled to make the sort of impact fans would have been expecting in the wake of his stunning hat-trick at Burnley. Largely anonymous.

Michy Batshuayi: 6

Booked early on for planting his studs into Scott McTominay’s ankle. Might have picked up a second for a deliberate handball, but came good with a powerful surge and low shot past Sergio Romero on the hour.

Mason Mount: 6

Off the bench after 70 minutes in place of Gilmour. Unable to change the course of the evening for the Blues.

Pedro: 5

Replaced Pulisic on 70 minutes as part of a double substitution by Frank Lampard and soon gave away the free-kick from which Rashford made it 2-1 with a stunning shot over the wall.

Tammy Abraham: 6

Bought on for the final 12 minutes of normal time to try and rescue the evening. Lampard felt his need for a rest outweighed the possibility of him getting the goals that might win the tie, so the in-form striker was kept out of the starting XI.

 

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