PLAYER RATINGS: Koulibaly shines on debut as Chelsea beat Everton 1-0

PLAYER RATINGS: Kalidou Koulibaly and James Tarkowski impress on debut as Mason Mount and Kai Havertz struggle to shine during Chelsea’s narrow 1-0 victory against Everton at Goodison Park

  • Chelsea secured a winning start to the season with a 1-0 victory against Everton
  • Jorginho’s penalty in the ninth minute of first-half injury time put the Blues 1-0 up
  • Ben Godfrey suffered a nasty leg injury as he was stretchered off in the first half 
  • Chelsea held on for the win after 10 minutes of added time in the second-half

Jorginho’s penalty at the end of the first-half helped Chelsea narrowly beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park and secure a winning start to the new Premier League campaign.

Frank Lampard’s side were struck with an injury blow early on as Ben Godfrey was stretchered off with a nasty lower leg injury.

Debutant Raheem Sterling also had a goal disallowed for offside after Jordan Pickford parried N’Golo Kante’s shot into his path, but the flag denied the star signing a first Premier League goal at his new club.

Sportsmail has analysed each player’s performance at Goodison Park this evening and dished out player ratings after Chelsea narrowly defeated the Toffees.

Jorginho sent Jordan Pickford the wrong way to score the all-important penalty for Chelsea

Jordan Pickford 6

Spilled a shot by Kante and given no chance with the penalty by Jorginho.

Ben Godfrey 5

Stretchered off early with a serious-looking injury after a desperate last-ditch tackle on Havertz.

Yerry Mina 7

Made some timely interceptions and blocks to frustrate Chelsea at bay but injured once again.

Ben Godfrey was stretchered off after suffering a nasty leg injury near the start of the first half

James Tarkowski 8

Impressive all-round debut and had a first half header tipped over by Mendy.

Nathan Patterson 7

The young Scot showed a lot of composure on his Premier League debut.

Abdoulaye Doucoure 7

Marred a tireless midfield display – he was all over the pitch – by conceding the penalty.

Alex Iwobi 7

Continued his hard-working form of last season in a central midfield role.

Vitali Mykolenko 6

Had his work cut out to keep James and Kante quiet on right flank but stuck to his task.

Frank Lampard trusted Anthony Gordon to lead the line in Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence

Anthony Gordon 5

Struggled to get into the game in a ‘false nine’ role and sent a first half header wide.

Demarai Gray 7

Always an outlet for with his threat with his pace and crossing ability.

Dwight McNeil 6

Showed some promising touches on his debut and put in a defensive shift as well.


Mason Holgate for Godfrey 17th min 7.

Dele Alli for McNeil 61st min, 5.

Ruben Vinagre for Mina 70th min, 5.

Substitutes (not used): Asmir Begovic, Michael Keane, Allan, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Lewis Warrington, Stanley Mills.

Booked: Mina, Mykolenko.

Chelsea (3-4-3):

Eduoard Mendy 6

Had little to do apart from tipping over Tarkowski’s first half header.

César Azpilicueta 7

The Chelsea skipper celebrated his new deal with his usual solid defensive display.

Thiago Silva 6

Relieved there was no recognised striker to mark and cruised through the game.

Kalidou Koulibaly 7

Tackled and passed well on a comfortable debut before coming off injured.

Kalidou Koulibaly made a strong start to his Chelsea career after impressing at Goodison Park

Reece James 7

A constant threat to Everton with his raids down the right and set-piece deliveries.

Jorginho 6

Disciplined display in the anchor role and kept his cool to convert the penalty.

N’Golo Kante 7

Usual energetic box-to-box midfield performance kept Everton on their toes.

Ben Chilwell 6

Facing competition from new boy Cucarella, he was steady and won the penalty before being replaced .

Mason Mount 5

On the periphery of the action and kept on a tight leash by Everton’s defence.

Raheem Sterling had a goal disallowed for offside after he followed in a shot from N’Golo Kante

Raheem Sterling 6

Always searching for space and showed some silky touches but a frustrating game with a goal ruled out for offside.

Kai Havertz 5

Sent an early header straight at Pickford and kept probing but in a fluid front three.


Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Chilwell 63rd minute, 5.

Christian Pulisic for Mount, 64th minute, 5.

Armando Broja for Havertz 75, 5.

Marc Cucurella for Koulibaly 75, 5.

Conor Gallagher for Jorginho 98th min.

Substitutes not used: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic, Trevoh Chalobah, Hakim Ziyech.

Referee: Craig Pawson 7.

Attendance: 39,254. 

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article