Chelsea player ratings as N'Golo Kante impresses in Super Cup defeat to Liverpool

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Liverpool’s love affair with Istanbul was furthered as they enjoyed another victorious European night at the venue on Wednesday despite Chelsea’s best efforts.

An enthralling Super Cup was decided 5-4 on penalties in favour of the Champions League winners after the tie was level at 2-2 with extra-time concluded.

Tammy Abraham was the only player to miss from the spot with Adrian saving the 10th penalty of the shootout.

Earilier, Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring via an excellent pass from Christian Pulisic in the first half but Sadio Mane drew Liverpool level early in the second.

The Senagalese then gave his side the lead in extra time but his effort was cancelled by a Jorginho penalty after Abraham was brought down, taking the tie to a shootout where the Europa League winners were second best.

Here, we rate the performances of Chelsea’s players.

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Kepa Arrizabalaga 6 – Made a smart save to deny Salah one-on-one before pulling off an extraordinary one to turn Van Dijk’s effort onto the bar. Failed to deny anyone during the shootout despite getting a hand to a couple of efforts.

Cesar Azpilicueta 6 – Read the game well but showed no desire to get up the pitch and attack.

Kurt Zouma 6 – Made numerous clearances and was strong in possession.

Andreas Christensen 6 – Good on the ball and barely put a foot wrong.

Emerson Palmieri 6 – Much more reserved than he was at Old Trafford and to good effect.

Jorginho 7 – Played the midfield metronome well and took both his penalties expertly.

N’Golo Kante 8 – Driving force from midfield, pushing Chelsea forward and even impressing with his forward passes.

Mateo Kovacic 5 – A few good moments but needs to make more of an impact.

Pedro 7 – Was the orchestrator in the final third and crashed an effort off the crossbar. Worked hard and led by example.

Olivier Giroud 7 – Continued his great European form for Chelsea, netting his 12th goal in 16 appearances. Made excellent runs, linked play and slotted his goal away expertly. Tired in the second half and was hooked.

Christian Pulisic 7 – Lively from the start but initially struggled with the physicality of the game. Rose above it though and produced a great assist for Giroud before his own effort was ruled offside.

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Tammy Abraham (74′) 6 – An eventful display. Denied by Adrian, won a penalty, put a good chance wide and set up Mount for a shot. Missed from the shootout.

Mason Mount (74′) 6 – Showed great drive and industry down the left.

Ross Barkley (101′) N/A – Didn’t really affect the game after coming on.

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Liverpool’s love affair with Istanbul was furthered as they enjoyed another victorious European night at the venue on Wednesday despite Chelsea’s best efforts.

An enthralling Super Cup was decided 5-4 on penalties in favour of the Champions League winners after the tie was level at 2-2 with extra-time concluded.

Tammy Abraham was the only player to miss from the spot with Adrian saving the 10th penalty of the shootout.

Earilier, Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring via an excellent pass from Christian Pulisic in the first half but Sadio Mane drew Liverpool level early in the second.

The Senagalese then gave his side the lead in extra time but his effort was cancelled by a Jorginho penalty after Abraham was brought down, taking the tie to a shootout where the Europa League winners were second best.

Here, we rate the performances of Liverpool’s players.

STARTING XI (4-3-3)

Adrian 7 – Quick off his line to deny Kovacic but couldn’t stop Giroud’s effort. Saved well from Abraham but then brought the striker down to concede a penalty soon after. Had the last laugh in the shootout though.

Joe Gomez 6 – Deployed on the right instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold for more defensive solidity but battle with Pulisic was 50-50. Moved to the left in extra-time.

Joel Matip 7 – Solid in defence, making several tackles and interceptions. Made a case to start alongside Van Dijk permanently.

Virgil van Dijk 7 – Indomitable in the air and was strong when dealing with Giroud and Abraham. Good in possession.

Andy Robertson 4 – Struggled against Pedro and wasn’t his usual attacking self.

Jordan Henderson 6 – Bombed down the right channel to combine with Salah in Alexander-Arnold’s absence and delivered some decent crosses.

Fabinho 6 – Blazed an effort wide in the second half. Was overrun at times but largely anchored the midfield well.

James Milner 6 – Forced the issue from midfield and created a few half chances.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5 – Looked bright in parts and set up Salah for Liverpool’s best chance in first half but drifted out of the game and was replaced at the break.

Mohamed Salah 6 – Always looked a threat and went close to scoring. Wasn’t at his devastating best though.

Sadio Mane 7 – Should’ve done better with a couple of headers from corners. Scored the equaliser though before adding another with a fine strike in extra time.

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Roberto Firmino (46′) 8 – Turned the game on its head. Set up Mane twice and was integral to the attack.

Georginio Wijnaldum (64′) 6 – Neat and tidy with his passing after replacing Milner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (91′) 5 – Had his hands full with Mason Mount.

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PSG start title defence without Neymar

Press Association Sport 07:20 12/08/2019
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Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said he can understand fans’ frustration at Neymar as the Ligue 1 side started their title defence without the Brazilian.

The record signing was not named in the matchday squad for the comfortable 3-0 win over Nimes at the Parc des Princes with Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria all on the scoresheet.

But Neymar, said to be unsettled in France and who has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, was also the focus of attention with a number of fans holding a banner telling him to “get lost” and chanting about the 27-year-old.

Tuchel, quoted in L’Equipe, said: “It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear them (the chants) during the match.

“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players.

“He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”

Cavani’s penalty, following a VAR review on 25 minutes, gave PSG an interval lead before second-half goals from Mbappe and Di Maria put the result beyond doubt.

Asked if Neymar’s creativity was missing, Tuchel said: “It’s always missing because he can find solutions that only he can find. He can open space with movement, an injection of pace, one on ones…”

Cavani put the champions up with a penalty after Nimes defender Pablo Martinez handled in the box with the spot kick awarded by VAR, with Mbappe and Di Maria both finding the net early in the second half.

Mbappe, twice, and Cavani both squandered further opportunities as PSG pressed for a fourth goal late on, while Nimes went close to a consolation in the closing stages through Antonin Bobichon and Renaud Ripart.

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