Battle of Stamford Bridge: Man for man

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Carlo Cudicini: Save denied Morientes in 11th minute but could do little to stop the goals. Mark: 5/10

Mario Melchiot: Failed to cope solo with threat of Rothen. Passing and movement OK. 5

William Gallas: Composed under pressure. Tidy clearance work. Pre-empted Giuly movement to limit threat. 6

John Terry: Throwing himself at Morientes shot to deflect it on to the post typified dogged contribution. 6

Wayne Bridge: Defended well, then scampered, crossed (or laid off) overlapped and tracked back. 6

Jesper Gronkjaer: His over-hit cross became an accidental goal but lapses detracted from its value. 4

Frank Lampard: Central figure again. Less commanding than a fortnight ago. Shots varied in quality. 6

Geremi: Early urgency, verging on impatient (hence missed shot) turned to more constructive distribution. 5

Joe Cole: Quickly into his stride, blocking, harrying, passing. Missed a shot, less effectively involved later on. 5.

Eidur Gudjohnsen: Headed on to crossbar when he should have scored. Errors marred lively display. 5

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: Pacy, adventurous and threatening, he did plenty of selfless running, creating and crossing. 6


Glen Johnson: On for Melchiot in 64th minute to add progressive element. 5

Hernan Crespo: Lacked chances to shine.5

Scott Parker: Lacked sparkle. 5


Flavio Roma: Valuable contribution included denying Hasselbaink and Lampard in the first half to keep Monaco competitive. Mark: 6

Hugo Ibarra: The man on loan from potential final opponents, Porto, defended solidly and bundled in well for 2-1. 6

Julien Rodriguez: Kept tabs on Chelsea's forwards to poor effect in the first half but did force play out wide. 6

Gael Givet: Hoofed the ball forward until nerves settled and his closing-down game became more of a feature. 5

Patrice Evra: Overlapped well with Rothen to provide options on the flanks. Deservedly booked for clattering Gronkjaer. 6

Sébastien Squillaci: Did more defending than anticipated, to good effect in the first half, before being substituted. 5

Lucas Bernardi: Skinned by Bridge several times early on, he was quietly efficient without ever sparkling. 5

Edouard Cissé: His arrival in the first leg sparked something that wasn't evident by his presence here. 5

Jérome Rothen: The night's best player. Quick, tricky, creative, persistent and downright dangerous. 8

Ludovic Giuly: Had a poor, quiet game, failing to make much of note. 5

Fernando Morientes: Flicks, tricks and movement. Hit a post and scored goal. 7


Miroslav Plasil: Added creativity to counters. 5

Dado Prso: Introduction showed visitors' confidence. 5

Shabani Nonda: Had little time to make impact. 5