Chelsea player ratings vs Middlesbrough: Levi Colwill and Thiago Silva lack pace exposed as Cole Palmer wastes huge chances 

Chelsea player ratings vs Middlesbrough: Levi Colwill and Thiago Silva lack pace exposed as Cole Palmer wastes huge chances as

Chelsea suffered a shock defeat away at Middlesbrough in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Hayden Hackney ghosted into the box to tap in Isaiah Jones’s cross to give Michael Carrick’s team a 1-0 lead going into a second leg at Stamford Bridge.

False nine Cole Palmer was the most guilty of wasting chances as Mauricio Pochettino opted to play without a striker.

Armando Broja and Mykhailo Mudryk came on in the second half, but Middlesbrough secured an important lead ahead of a second installment in two weeks’ time.

Djordje Petrovic – 6

The goalkeeper couldn’t do much about Hackney’s close-range effort but was rarely tested otherwise.

Malo Gusto – 5

He was less effective than he has been in recent weeks and took some heavy challenges down the right.

Axel Disasi – 6

Disasi dominated his box against the physical Josh Coburn but had one dreadful 55th-minute shot.

Thiago Silva – 5

His lack of pace was an issue as the left-sided centre-back – offered no protection to Colwill.

Levi Colwill – 4

Colwill was constantly exposed at left-back as nearly all Middlesbrough attacks came down his side, including the moment that created the goal. He also missed a huge chance early on.

Moises Caicedo – 6

The British transfer record midfielder was the one bright spark in the first half, creating a big chance and almost scoring with a good edge-of-the-box shot.

Enzo Fernandez – 5

Fernandez wasn’t as decisive with the ball as you’d expect given such long spells of possession.

Cole Palmer – 5

Palmer missed a host of first half opportunities, including an open goal and a one-on-one.

Conor Gallagher – 5

Gallagher wasn’t his usual effective self in an advanced position, but had a decent shot fly wide midway through the second half.

Noni Madueke – 5

Madueke linked well with Palmer and created chances but his finishing was poor and he was substituted early.

Raheem Sterling – 5

The experienced winger was largely anonymous throughout but somehow stayed on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.


Mykhailo Mudryk – 7

The 23-year-old winger produced some good crosses and was the only creator in the second half.

Armando Broja – 5

Broja struggled to make an impact from the bench as Chelsea struggled to create while under pressure.

Alfie Gilchrist – N/A 

Unused subs: Bergstrom, Bettinelli, Williams, Golding, Washington

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