Bayer Leverkusen v Chelsea player ratings


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Man-for-man marking from Chelsea's 2-1 defeat at the BayArena.

Petr Cech

Won the battle of the headgear enthusiasts over Ballack, by saving his acrobatic efforts superbly. 8/10

Branislav Ivanovic

Switched off for the Leverkusen equaliser, leaving the left midfielder in space to provide an easy assist. 6

David Luiz

Commanding in the air but too eager to play long balls, which were easily repelled throughout. 7

John Terry

Played with calmness and authority, aided by Leverkusen having onlyone striker. 7

Jose Bosingwa

Stifled going forward by playing on the left flank, but stuck admirably to his task in defence. 6


Never looked comfortable with the ball at his feet, causing him to frequently lose possession. 6

Frank Lampard

Neat interplay in the first half, but suffered as the midfield were repeatedly bypassed. 6

Raul Meireles

Off the pace of the game, made ill-timed challenges, and his passes rarely found team-mates. 5

Daniel Sturridge

Provided the majority of Chelsea's creativity, including a sublime pass for the opener. 8

Juan Mata

Didn't get into the game from the left-hand side, and was rightly the first man to be withdrawn. 4

Didier Drogba

Offered nothing in the first half, but his touch and strength after the break allowed him to score. 7

Best off the bench

Florent Malouda Nearly added a second with a great bursting run. 6

Alex Not a coincidence they conceded twice once he had come on. 4