Chelsea extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in the Champions League on Wednesday with a comfortable 3-0 win over 10-man Rennes.
Timo Werner opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Delbert was tripped and doubled the Blues’ advantage with another spot-kick – Delbert again guilty after handling Tammy Abraham’s effort. The Rance fullback was later given his marching orders.
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Ibrahim extended Chelsea’s lead five minutes into the second half, heading home Reece James’ inviting cross from close range.
Edouard Mendy was only called into action once all evening, but he was equal to Clement Grenier’s strike as Chelsea comfortably claimed all three points.
Let’s look at some player ratings.
James was heavily involved for Chelsea/Chloe Knott – Dan House/Getty Images.
Edward Mandy (GK) – 6/10 – Claimed a couple of crosses comfortably and was forced to only one note all evening, turning away Grenier’s shot to preserve his clean sheet.
Reece James (RB) – 8/10 – Up and down the right all evening, provided a teasing cross that Abraham headed home for Chelsea’s third.
Thiago Silva (CB) – 10/7 – Rarely troubled defensively, spent most of the game playing from the back. Picked up James with a particularly brilliant pass in the second half. Changed after the hour mark.
Kurt Zouma (CB) – 10/7 – Like his centre-back partner, Zouma was rarely called upon defensively, spending most of the game playing in midfield.
Ben Chilwell (LB) – 7/10 – Had little to do defensively but took an active part going forward, spending most of the match inside the Ajax half. Ziyech was picked out with a superb floating cross during the early stages of the first half, but the winger fired just wide.
Jorginho starts at heart of Chelsea midfield / Chloe Nott – Dean House / Getty Images
Jorginho (CDM) – 7/10 – Off penalty duty but ruthlessly effective in possession. Brilliant vision and intelligence and provided vital protection to Chelsea’s backline, allowing Chilwell and James to push forward.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – 7/10 – Knocked his socks off as usual – An absolute nightmare to play with down to 10-men. Changed after the hour mark.
Mason Mount (CM) – 7/10 – Running from the first minute to the last, pressing furiously with the clock ticking despite Chelsea’s comfortable lead.
Werner was on target Chelsea/Clive Rose/Getty Images
Hakim Zach (RA) – 7/10 opened the scoring in brilliant style, plucking the ball out of the air and sending an audacious volley over the over. With Werner constantly switching flanks and dropping inside to allow James or Chilwell to overlap.
Timmy Ibrahim (ST) – 8/10 – Chelsea win their second penalty when their effort is adjudged to have been blocked by Dalbert’s arm, before Chelsea get their third with a natural finish from close range.
Timo Werner (LW) – 8/10 – Wins Chelsea’s first penalty after being tripped by Dalbert, before dispatching the spot-kick himself. He went low left with his first penalty and high left with his second. Excited, lively and a very willing runner.
Giroud comes off the bench for the Blues/Alex Pantling/Getty Images
Mateo Kovacic – 6/10
Olivier Giroud- 5/10
Anthony Roediger- 5/10
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 6/10