Chelsea player ratings from 2-2 draw against Burnley – Caicedo and Fernandez struggle as Blues labour to draw against 10 men

Chelsea twice surrendered a lead against 10-man Burnley in a disappointing 2-2 draw on Saturday.

A goal in either half from Cole Palmer was not enough for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as the visitors hit back through Josh Cullen and Dara O’Shea, despite having Lorenz Assignon sent off at the end of the first half.

Here are Dan Evans’ player ratings from Stamford Bridge.

Djordje Petrovic – 6

Made a number of straightforward saves and one very good one from Lyle Foster in the second half. Probably should have got a firmer hand to O’Shea’s equaliser though.

Malo Gusto – 5

Is undeniably a useful attacking outlet for Chelsea, but was easily beaten by Burnley winger Wilson Odobert more than once.

Axel Disasi – 5

Chelsea were nervy defending their penalty area, and the partnership of Disasi and Benoit Badiashile did not do a great deal to help matters. Saw a first-half goal disallowed for handball.

Benoit Badiashile – 5

Always looked uncomfortable alongside Disasi. Gave away one particularly needless foul at the end of the first half that allowed Burnley an effort on goal.

Marc Cucurella – 6

Defended his flank relatively well and was one of the few Chelsea players showing any urgency as they chased a late goal to salvage a win.

Moises Caicedo – 4

Between Caicedo and Enzo Fernandes, Chelsea were unable to establish control of the game in midfield either against 10 men or 11. His job appears to be winning the ball back for Fernandez, but he struggled to disrupt Burnley with any regularity.

Enzo Fernandez – 4

See above. Lacked the patience to find the passes to unlock Burnley in the second half as they sat deep and tried to hold on to parity.

Conor Gallagher – 5

Was busy and helped Chelsea win the ball high up the pitch a couple of times in the first half. His all-action style was never likely to suit attempts to break down the 10 men and he was replaced by Noni Madueke early in the second half.

Cole Palmer – 7

His two goals were taken brilliantly, with a Panenka penalty complemented by a well-placed finish that looked likely to win Chelsea the game. He was the one player on the pitch who looked capably of deciding the game single-handedly. However, he gave away the free-kick that ultimately led to O’Shea’s equaliser, showing a level of inexperience that haunts this Chelsea team.

Nicolas Jackson – 5

Was a good focal point to build attacks around but missed two straightforward chances, something that will do little to dispel doubts about his finishing ability.

Mykhaylo Mudryk – 5

Another performance with ups and downs. Did well to win the penalty in the first half and turn the game in Chelsea’s favour but regularly seemed rushed when in possession, passing up a great chance to score in the first half.


Noni Madueke – 5

Was very involved after coming on but seemed to overcomplicate things as he constantly searched for a way to work the ball on to his left foot on the edge of the box.

Raheem Sterling – 6

Produced a lovely flick to set up Palmer’s second goal but also missed a presentable header which would have won the game.

Alfie Gilchrist – NA

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