Chelsea player ratings v Blackburn: Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling excellent performance

Chelsea player ratings v Blackburn: Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling excellent performance

Chelsea comfortably beat Blackburn to reach the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup through goals from Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling.

Badiashile made his first appearance since May after a long injury and turned in the first goal after a calamitous mistake from goalkeeper Leopold Wahlstedt.

Sterling added a second after Callum Brittain was caught in possession, curling a stunning finish in front of the Matthew Harding End.

Reece James made his first start since August in a crucial morale-boosting victory ahead of a trip to Tottenham on Monday.

Robert Sanchez – 6

Mostly comfortable but had his customary shaky moment with the ball. Claimed the clean sheet with an amazing last minute save on Arnor Sigurdsson.

Reece James – 7

The captain fired several long-range efforts on Leopold Wahlstedt’s goal. Didn’t seem at his absolute physical peak but still a dominating presence on the right.

Axel Disasi – 6

The man mountain dominated his duels but his positioning caught him out a few times. Reunited with his former Monaco teammate Badiashile for the first time at Chelsea.

Benoit Badiashile – 7

An impressive return to action after five months out, scoring from a simple side foot goal after a goalkeeping calamity.

Marc Cucurella – 6

Solid at the back but unremarkable when venturing forward.

Lesley Ugochukwu – 7

Made some good defensive interventions. It is clear Pochettino sees something in this young talent.

Enzo Fernandez – 8

An immaculate display returning after the birth of his baby boy. He is a £100million midfielder and looked like it against a lesser side.

Conor Gallagher – 6

Playing as a No10, he produced his usual high-energy display. Lucky not to concede a penalty.

Cole Palmer – 7

Hit the post and was involved in both goals but somehow not as dominant as he was in defeat against Brentford on Saturday.

Nicolas Jackson – 5

Held up the ball well but still not at his best, blazing over a good second half chance.

Raheem Sterling – 8

Again, looked like a player facing lesser opposition. Denied a stonewall penalty and had the beating of his defenders.

Substitutes

Malo Gusto – 7

Accomplished cameo helped control the match and came on in a planned substitution to rest James.

Levi Colwill – 7

Helped close out the final 30 minutes with ease, allowing Badiashile to rest in a planned change.

Moises Caicedo – 6

Helped bring a bit more control to midfield.

Alex Matos – N/A

Noni Madueke – N/A

Unused substitutes: Petrovic; Maatsen, Castledine, Washington

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