Sheffield United 1-2 Chelsea: Player ratings as Timo Werner inspires Blues to victory

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Timo Werner registered an assist and won a penalty as Chelsea remained unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel with a 2-1 win over Sheffield United.

After struggling for much of the first half, Chelsea finally discovered their rhythm just before the break. Ben Chilwell found Werner with a clipped ball down the line and the German then pulled it back for Mount to stroke home.

Just before the hour mark, the Blues gifted their hosts a way back into the game with Antonio Rudiger poking the ball past the onrushing Edouard Mendy and into his own net.

Four minutes later Aaron Ramsdale brought Timo Werner down in the box. After a VAR review, a penalty was given, which Jorginho stroked home to restore Chelsea’s lead. The Blades registered little in response, allowing the Blues to coast to a win that moves them up to fifth in the Premier League table.

Here are your player ratings from Bramall Lane…

Timo Werner, Aaron Ramsdale
Ramsdale conceded a penalty in the second half | Pool/Getty Images

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 4/10 – Can count himself lucky to not have been sent off for his challenge on Werner. Also completed a disappointing eight of his 24 long balls.

Chris Basham (CB) – 6/10 – The Blades’ best defender. He marshalled things and made a few important interventions.

John Egan (CB) – 6/10 – His passing was often wild. Positioned himself fairly well, completing four interceptions.

Kean Bryan (CB) – 6/10 – Did okay on the ground and won most of his aerial battles.

Mason Mount, Jayden Bogle
Bogle has some bright moments | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Jayden Bogle (RWB) – 6/10 – Ventured forward frequently. One burst into the box in the first half was particularly impressive.

John Lundstram (CM) – 5/10 – Worked hard but did not get much breaking for him.

Oliver Norwood (CM) – 6/10 – The best of the hosts’ midfielders. He offered some resistance, registering a combined five tackles and interceptions.

John Fleck (CM) – 5/10 – A few bright moments, but did not create enough for his side.

Max Lowe (LWB) – 6/10 – Put in a performance full of tenacity and enthusiasm, finishing the game with three tackles. Also showed good energy.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Oliver Burke
Burke missed a great opportunity early on | Pool/Getty Images

Oli McBurnie (ST) – 6/10 – Tried to make a nuisance of himself and his battling led to Rudiger gifting the Blades an equaliser.

Oliver Burke (ST) – 4/10 – Missed a BIG chance in the opening exchanges. Touched the ball 11 times during his hour-long stint, which is not great.

David McGoldrick – 6/10 – Added a new dimension to the Blades’ attack after coming on.

Billy Sharp – 6/10 – Nothing broke for him.

Rhian Brewster – N/A

Antonio Rudiger, Edouard Mendy
Rudiger dropped a clanger | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Edouard Mendy (GK) – 6/10 – Was involved in a poor mix up with Rudiger, though he can hardly be blamed.

Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) – 7/10 – Gobbled up everything thrown at him in the air, winning seven aerials.

Andreas Christensen (CB) – 7/10 – After an early lapse, he performed well. Saying that he was rarely challenged.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 6/10 – His error for the own goal was pretty unforgivable to be honest. Recovered well after that with crucial blocks and tackles.

Mason Mount
Mount was again on the scoresheet for Chelsea | Clive Mason/Getty Images

Reece James (RWB) – 7/10 – Dived into a few challenges unnecessarily but was excellent going forward. His dribbling was particularly impressive.

Jorginho (CM) – 7/10 – Broke things up efficiently and kept Chelsea ticking over in midfield. Got another winner from the spot.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 8/10 – Dribbled through the lines expertly in the first half. His passing was superb as well.

Ben Chilwell (LWB) – 5/10 – Saved from conceding a penalty by a VAR offside call in the first half. Crossing was aimless.

Mason Mount (AM) – 7/10 – Showed great technique to finish from the edge of the box. Somewhat quiet after that.

Timo Werner
Werner registered an assist and won a penalty for his side | Pool/Getty Images

Olivier Giroud (ST) – 6/10 – Somewhat withdrawn before being replaced on the hour mark.

Timo Werner (ST) – 8/10 – Very positive performance. Constantly looked to get in behind the Blades’ defence and set up Mount’s goal. Also won the penalty.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 5/10 – Not quite as involved as he has been recently but looked sharp.

Marcos Alonso – 6/10 – Did not put a foot wrong.

N’Golo Kante – 6/10 – Shored up the midfield for the final 15 minutes.

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