Chelsea player ratings: Kante and Kepa hugely impressive but Barkley and Abraham struggle as Blues run Liverpool close in Super Cup shootout defeat

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CHELSEA lost the Super Cup to rivals Liverpool after a tense penalty shootout in Istanbul.

Nine players scored before Tammy Abraham stepped up and found the legs of Reds goalkeeper Adrian.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian celebrates after his save from Tammy Abraham’s penalty wins the Reds the Super Cup[/caption]

After a shock 4-0 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend, Frank Lampard’s team needed to bounce back – and they did with a fantastic performance.

Despite the result, and an energy-draining 120 minutes in Turkey, the Blues were massively impressive against the reigning European champions and came very close to beating a side expected to win silverware this season.

Liverpool took home the trophy but this performance will give Chelsea huge hope going back into the domestic campaign.

Tom Sheen rates Frank Lampard’s side.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 9

What a brilliant night for the Spaniard, one of his very best in a Chelsea shirt.

In the first-half he made an excellent save when Mo Salah was put through on goal – but upstaged that stop with a truly incredible double save, pushing away a Salah shot and then tipping Virgil van Dijk’s rebound onto the bar.

We’ll let the below video do the talking on that one.

He’ll be disappointed Got his hand to two penalties but couldn’t quite keep them out in the shootout.

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Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

It’d be on topic to criticise the Chelsea captain after his shock showing at Manchester United at the weekend.

He was much better than he was at the weekend and only made one mistake all night… but it was a crucial error, being caught flat-footed to play the Liverpool forward’s onside in the build-up to the equaliser.

Andreas Christensen – 8

He’s not quite there just yet, but the 23-year-old looked like the heir to the David Luiz crown.

Not the rash challenges and lapses in concentration, but with his forward passing and quality on the ball.

Excellent performance, hopefully his substitution was just a precaution rather than something serious.

Kurt Zouma – 7

Looked a million times more comfortable than he did at Old Trafford, Lampard and Co will be helping that horror performance was early season jitters that are now out of his system.

Kept Liverpool’s front three very quiet and stood tall in extra-time.

Emerson Palmieri – 7

Will be key this season with Lampard wanting to play high and on the front foot.

However, he plays so far forward that he can often get caught out of position – like with Salah’s early chance.

Responded well, though, and kept the Egyptian pretty quiet.

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Cesar Azpilicueta was much, much better than he was against Man Utd but still made an error for Liverpool’s opener[/caption]

Mateo Kovacic – 7

Very good performance from the Croatian, in the first half especially.

His passing was always on point, he carried the ball well and he never let up pressing the Reds.

Jorginho – 7

Playing in the same position as he did last season but in a much different style – and Chelsea look all the better for it.

Rather than possession for possession’s sake. Jorghino (his name spelt wrong on his shirt) looked to play the ball quickly and in behind – putting a huge amount of pressure on the Liverpool back four.

Scored a cool penalty in extra-time and in the shoot-out, but on the defensive side of the ball he is still poor.

Fell asleep in the build-up to Mane’s winner, allowing Firmino to win the ball and cut back for the goal.

N’Golo Kante – 9

Wow, what a return. How Chelsea could have used the brilliant Frenchman at Old Trafford.

Lampard elected NOT to use Kante as a traditional holding midfielder and he flourished.

Kante was a menace in and out of possession, cutting out Liverpool passes, putting pressure on their players and then driving at them when he had the ball.

Probably the best player on the pitch.

Pedro – 8

Lively, energetic and full of running, especially in the first-half, Pedro’s pressing and running helped set the tone.

Unwavering effort through the game, he was unlucky to smash the bar after an excellent one-two.

Faded as the game went on, but looks like he will play a big part for Lampard this campaign.

Christian Pulisic – 8

His pace gave Chelsea a different dimension to what they had at Manchester United.

A constant threat in behind, he provided Giroud with the perfect pass for the opener before almost scoring a brilliant solo effort that was ruled out for offside.

Struggled with the pace in the game in the second half before being taken off.

Olivier Giroud – 8

Chelsea look a much more rounded team with Giroud in attack.

The wily striker isn’t quick but he’s a physical reference point up top and pure class with the ball.

Brilliant movement and an expert finish to open the scoring, should be Chelsea’s No1 option until Tammy Abraham proves he has a bit more to offer than just as a poacher.

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Chelsea look a much more rounded side with Olivier Giroud leading the line[/caption]


SUBS – Tammy Abraham – 4

Offers the pace and athleticism that Giroud lacks and won a (very marginal) penalty in extra-time.

Should have had a goal of his own from a Pedro cross, but didn’t get a good connection and dragged his effort wide.

Comes alive in the box but needs to offer more in all phases of play if he is going to last as a striker at the top level.

Missed the crucial penalty to hand Chelsea the trophy.

Mason Mount – 7

Came on and injected some verve and legs into the Chelsea side, driving at Liverpool players and given the usually excellent Trent Alexander-Arnold numerous problems.

Had the ball in the net but was called well offside – the finish was quite something though and his penalty was absolutely emphatic.

Fikayo Tomori – 7

Came on for the excellent Christensen and didn’t really put a foot wrong.

If we’re being ultra-critical, he hesitated in the build-up to the Mane goal and was then caught flat-footed, but overall a pretty solid showing against a very, very dangerous team.

Ross Barkley – 5

After a pre-season where he was Chelsea’s best player, Barkley quickly seems to be slipping down the pecking order.

Average against United, Lampard turned to Mount before him in this game, and the younger player was far better.

Had one moment where he nicked the ball in midfield and drove at the Liverpool defence, but took the wrong decision and was pushed off the ball easily by Matip.

Scored an unstoppable penalty.

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