Chelsea lost the FA Cup final to Liverpool on penalties at Wembley on Saturday evening. In a repeat of the Carabao Cup final between the same two teams, neither team could score inside 120 minutes. And after Mason Mount’s spot-kick miss, Kostas Tsimikas stepped up to hand the Reds a 6-5 shootout victory to add to their League Cup triumph. Express Sport rates and slates the Blues after their defeat.
Edouard Mendy – 7
Allowed to do penalties this time, trumped his Carabao Cup heroics with save against Mane – but to no avail.
Trevoh Chalobah – 6
A few early nerves when Liverpool pressed in the opening exchanges and occasionally lost his marker, but his pace was essential.
Thiago Silva – 7
His reading of the threat and communication helped get Chelsea defenders where they were needed. Perfect foil for faster partners.
Antonio Rudiger – 7
Put all the uncertainty that has surrounded his past few months behind him to turn in a strong and accomplished performance.
Reece James – 7
Composed, calm with his penalty and also threat going forward – struck the perfect balance with keeping Liverpool’s full-backs at bay.
Jorginho – 6
Struggled a little with the pace of play but used his intelligence to draw fouls to break up play and back on form from the penalty spot.
Mateo Kovacic – 6
Battled through the pain value to bring energy to the Chelsea midfield and keep Liverpool wary of the possibility of a counter.
Marcos Alonso – 8
Great chance in the first half when he allowed Alisson to smother his shot and fantastic effort off the bar. Scored opening penalty.
Mason Mount – 5
Always happy to do much of the heavy-lifting when it comes to the press, but his penalty miss will haunt him.
Christian Pulisic – 6
Inches wide with a shot in the first half – it is these near misses that have made his Chelsea career so agonisingly frustrating.
Romelu Lukaku – 5
Kai Havertz’s hamstring injury gave him the stage to make everything all right but taken off after 85 minutes without making an impact.
N’Golo Kante (Kovacic 66) – 6
Hakim Ziyech (Lukaku 85) – 6
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chalobah 105) – 6
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Pulisic 105) – 5
Ross Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 120) – N/A