2 Chelsea players who performed and 3 who underperformed against Manchester City as the Blue lost 2-0 in Carabao Cup 2022-23
Manchester City and Chelsea faced battle in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night at the Etihad Stadium (November 9). The game, which had its share of drama, concluded 2-0 in Manchester City’s favor, with Riyad Mahrez and Julian Alvarez scoring for the hosts. Chelsea suffered their third consecutive domestic defeat in all competitions.
Graham Potter’s side got off to a shaky start at the Etihad Stadium, with City placing early pressure on the visitors and forcing them to stay in their half. City needed 10 minutes to generate their first serious opening of the game. The diverted ball landed into Jack Grealish’s path after Ruben Dias’ shot was stopped.
The Englishman attempted a goal with a stinging right-footed shot but came up just short. After being under pressure for a while, Chelsea produced their first scoring opportunity in the 13th minute.
Hakim Ziyech brilliantly cut the ball back for Christian Pulisic, who had the goal in front of him. The American muddled his lines, and his misdirected shot was easily deflected by Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.
Pulisic attempted to make amends for his error ten minutes later by driving through the Manchester City midfield and shooting. His effort was commendable, but it was insufficient to defeat Ortega.
Lewis Hall had an opportunity to break the deadlock just before halftime, but his effort was blocked by the Manchester City goalkeeper.
Lewis Hall had an opportunity to break the deadlock just before halftime, but his effort was blocked by the Manchester City goalkeeper. Mendy, the Chelsea goalkeeper, had little time to react as the ball flew past him and into the back of the net.
The hosts doubled their tally five minutes later, courtesy of Alvarez’s convincing finish following a sweeping City counterattack
Hall had another chance to punish City in the 63rd minute, but his first-time attempt lacked direction and went straight to the keeper. Pulisic scored right at the end, but the goal was disallowed due to offside.
Potter’s men had another poor night, with just a number of players producing anything noteworthy. On Wednesday night, two pensioners impressed and three disappointed:
Underperformed: Armando Broja
Armando Broja made his Chelsea debut in only his second game of the season, however he failed to impress. He simply couldn’t adjust to the tempo of the game and never seemed like a genuine threat to Manchester City’s goal.
Broja failed to hit a single target on Wednesday, made just five accurate passes (71.4% accuracy), lost four of six duels, and lost possession six times. He also fouled twice and was caught offside once.
Performed: Lewis Hall
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a series of superb stops under the bar on Wednesday night. His greatest stop of the night came in the 52nd minute, when he made a full-stretch save to deflect Grealish’s shot past his post.
Mendy made seven stops against the English champions, six of which came from within the box. In addition, he had three high claims, eight precise long balls, and won an aerial battle.
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Underperformed: Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly, who was supposed to replace summer departure Antonio Rudiger, had another rough night in Chelsea’s colors. He mishandled many passes and lacked pace at times, but his most disappointing moment came early in the second half, when he failed to even attempt to prevent Mahrez’s free kick.
Koulibaly mishandled six long balls, lost two duels, abandoned possession nine times, and received a yellow card for a stupid foul on Jack Grealish against Manchester City.
Performed: Lewis Hall
Lewis Hall, 18, made his debut appearance for Potter’s Blues against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The visitors’ finest performer was the youngest player on the field, who was continually seeking for ways to go offensive while retaining defensive integrity. He wasn’t particularly clinical in front of goal and made a few mistakes, but his overall performance was extremely favorable.
Hall hit an accurate long ball, had two shots on goal, and completed all three dribbling attempts. He also won six of seven ground battles, drew three fouls, blocked a shot, and intercepted a pass.
Underperformed: Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling did not start against his former team, instead coming in in the 68th minute in place of Hakim Ziyech. The Englishman, who was greeted warmly at the Etihad Stadium, was unable to enter the game and spent the rest of the night on the bench.
Sterling played only two accurate passes (66.7% accuracy) against the Cityzens, did not record any critical passes, lost three of four ground duels, and lost possession six times.