Chelsea engaged in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
Maurico Pochettino’s side had to come from behind three times as they picked up a point against Pep Guardiola’s team in the Premier League.
Despite a bright start to the game from Chelsea, it was the visitors who took the lead. Marc Cucurella was judged to have fouled Erling Haaland at the back post. The goalscoring machine then smashed home from the penalty spot.
It did not take long for the west Londoners to tie things up though. Conor Gallagher’s corner picked out 39-year-old Thiago Silva who headed past Ederson with a fantastic effort.
There was yet more drama to follow. Raheem Sterling fired the hosts in front, but before the half-time whistle the visitors answered back – Manuel Akanji heading in from close range to make it 2-2.
The second half was also full of drama. Haaland struck right at the start of the half to put the visitors in front, but Chelsea responded in the 67th minute with a rebound goal from Nicolas Jackson.
In the 86th minute Rodri looked to have sealed all three points. A strike from range deflected off Silva and flew into the net – but things were not quite done there.
Ruben Dias made a rash challenge on Armando Broja in the 92nd minute which handed the hosts a penalty. Cole Palmer stepped up and fired home to level the game and rescue a point.
Here is how Absolute Chelsea rated the players’ performances against Manchester City this evening.
Robert Sanchez – 5/10
There was little the 25-year-old could have done about a lot of the goals, but he made a superb save diving down to his left to keep out Haaland in the opening 45. Will be disappointed to have conceded four.
Reece James – 7.5/10 (64)
Dealt with the dangerous Jeremy Doku incredibly well. The young winger was coming off a superb game against Bournemouth but was kept very quiet. James also provided an assist for the second goal of the game.
Axel Disasi – 6.5/10
The Frenchman probably could have done a bit more to prevent Haaland from scoring his second goal, but not a bad display. He’s growing with confidence and looks comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Thiago Silva – 6.5/10
Scored a wonderful header in the first half to level the contest early on but made a couple of mistakes in this contest. He was one of the defenders guilty of leaving Akanji unmarked for his header and was unlucky when Rodri’s effort deflected off of him to make it 4-3.
Marc Cucurella – 6.5/10
The Spaniard has become a constant figure in the Chelsea side and has been much improved. He was very unfortunate to concede a penalty for a foul on Haaland. Other than that he played with good energy but did not play a stand-out role.
Moises Caicedo – 5/10 (90)
Struggled in the midfield against City compared to his partners. He was not really able to get a control of things. The Ecuadorian must also take some of the blame for the third goal – he overcommitted against Haaland which kickstarted the breakaway. He can do better.
Enzo Fernandez – 7/10 (64)
Dictated play very well in the middle of the park before he was substituted in the 64th minute. He linked up play and is at the centre of everything good Chelsea do progressing forward.
Conor Gallagher – 7.5/10
Extremely energetic and battled for every loose ball. While sometimes it can be regarded as reckless, his fight was excellent. His corner in the first half resulted in a Silva goal and his long-range effort in the second half was then tapped in by Jackson.
Cole Palmer – 9/10
Ice in his veins. Palmer had been a little quieter in this contest but still played a very tidy game, linking up well with his teammates. His moment came in added time. He stepped up to take a penalty in the final moments of the match and calmly guided the ball into the top corner to rescue a point.
Raheem Sterling – 9/10
The former Manchester City winger was electric in this contest. Having not been picked by Gareth Southgate for the England squad once again, Sterling gave yet more reason why he should not be snubbed. A well earned goal and an all-round excellent display.
Nicolas Jackson – 6.5/10 (90)
Following his hat-trick on Monday night against Tottenham Hotspur the Senegalese forward struggled for involvement against City. However, in the second half he took his chance, a clinical finish saw him score his sixth goal of the Premier League season.
Mykhailo Mudryk – 6/10 (64)
Upon his arrival he had an instant impact. Mudryk was involved in the goal that saw Chelsea tie the game. A good cameo from the bench.
Malo Gusto – 5/10 (64)
Had a golden chance when the game was tied at 3-3 but lifted his effort over the bar on his weak foot.
Armando Broja – 6/10 (90)
He was not on the pitch for a long time, but Broja had a massive impact on the outcome of the game. He was brought down by Dias to earn the Blues a penalty in added time.
Lesley Ugochukwu – N/A (90)
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