Chelsea FC player ratings vs Aston Villa: Mateo Kovacic nowhere near his best ahead of Champions League Final

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Chelsea secured a top-four finish and Champions League qualification despite their 2-1 defeat against Aston Villa on the final day.

James Robson was at Villa Park and this is how he rated the Chelsea players…

Edouard Mendy 6

A worry for Chelsea ahead of the Champions League final after he went off at half time.

Reece James 6

Villa identified space behind him to attack, which Chelsea managed to stem. Moved into midfield and got away with a sloppy back pass that let in Watkins.

Thiago Silva 7

Absolutely dominant in the air and on the ground – but it was his heavy touch that led to the corner that Villa scored from.

Toni Rudiger 7

First the to the ball just about every time. Villa got little joy down his side.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

Got forward repeatedly in the first half and continued to try to inspire Chelsea when the game was going against them. Frustration boiled over when sent off for a lash out at Grealish.

Mateo Kovacic 5

Lots of energy, but nowhere near his best as he struggled to drive Chelsea forward.

Jorginho 5

Looked off the pace with some late tackles – with his challenge on Traore to concede a penalty, proving most costly.

Ben Chilwell 8

Came up with the goal that gave Chelsea something to build on. Kept driving forward to push Villa onto the back foot.

Christian Pulisic 6

Woefully sliced effort blew Chelsea’s best chance to equalise when 1-0 down. But it was his cross that created Chilwell’s goal.

Mason Mount 6

Got into plenty of dangerous areas with his movement and late runs in the first half, but not as influential after the break.

Timo Werner 5

Created a good chance for Pulisic – but posed very little threat in front of goal. Lucky to kept on as Tuchel sacrificed his midfielders when going in search of a goal.

Substitutes

Kepa Arrizabalaga (Mendy, 46’) 6

Had to pick the ball out of his net when beaten from the spot. Rarely troubled otherwise.

Hakim Ziyech (Jorginho, 60’) 5

Added a bit more movement to Chelsea’s attack, but didn’t open up Villa as Tuchel would have hoped.

Kai Havertz (Kovacic, 66’) 5

Provided a physical presence without much of a goal threat.

Subs not used: Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Gilmour

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