Chelsea hosts Hungarian side MOL Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday evening, where they will look to continue their winning start to Group L.

A fortnight ago, the Blues were 1-0 winners against Greek outfit PAOK Salonika at the Toumba Stadium, a result that moved them into second place in the group standings.

Vidi’s first match in the group stages of this competition for six years ended in a 2-0 defeat to BATE Borisov of Belarus, who currently top the group.

Using WhoScored.com’s match rating statistics from the opening matchday of the Europa League, here is our combined Chelsea and Vidi XI ahead of Thursday night’s clash, the first ever meeting between these two sides.

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea) 6.81

Chelsea’s club-record signing Kepa Arrizabalaga was hardly tested during the Blues’ opening Group L clash in Greece.

Kepa was forced to make just the one save in Thessaloniki, but in doing so, became one of only 13 out of a possible 48 starting goalkeepers to keep clean sheets on the opening matchday.

The Spaniard has to date kept shutouts in four of his eight appearances for his new side, having signed in August for £71.6 million from Athletic Bilbao.

Despite Bilbao regularly featuring in this competition during his time there, Kepa’s debut in the competition came in Greece a fortnight ago.

Right-back: Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea) 7.14

Antonio Rudiger has been an ever-present part of Chelsea’s back line this season.

The German has started in every match for Maurizio Sarri’s side alongside Arrizabalaga, cementing his spot in the team ahead of Andreas Christensen and Gary Cahill.

Against PAOK, Rudiger was the only player on the pitch to win five aerial duels.

He also completed 94 of his attempted 106 passes in the match, four more than the amount managed by any other player.

Centre-back: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea) 7.07

Alongside Rudiger in the middle of Chelsea’s defence in Greece was Danish international, Andreas Christensen.

The 22-year-old has only featured twice for the Blues this season, neither of which have come in the Premier League.

In Chelsea’s last Europa League match, Christensen excelled in his first match of the campaign.

He won three tackles and completed a staggering 95% of his attempted passes against PAOK.

Centre-back: Roland Juhasz (MOL Vidi) 7.41

Vidi’s best-rated player during their 2-0 loss to BATE  was their centre-back, Roland Juhasz.

The 35-year-old won 12 aerial duels against their Belarusian opposition, the joint-most out of any Europa League player during the opening round of fixtures, alongside Vorskla Poltava striker Yuriy Kolomoets.

He also made four interceptions during the tie, the highest amount of any Vidi or Chelsea player.

They may have fallen to a 2-0 defeat in their opening group game, but Juhasz’s excellent display at the back prevented the damage caused by BATE’s front line to be any greater.

Left-back: Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) 7.05

Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso was a surprise starter for Chelsea in their opening group match.

Many suspected that Alonso would have been spared for the tie, having featured in all of their league matches prior to the trip to Greece.

During his 66-minute outing, Alonso made two key passes in his first Europa League appearance in over two-and-a-half years.

He also won two offside decisions during the game, a total matched by his Italian teammate, Davide Zappacosta.

Centre-midfield: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) 6.76

Like Alonso, many Chelsea fans were shocked to see Sarri use World Cup winner N’Golo Kante against PAOK.

The Frenchman won three tackles during his first ever match in this competition; Pedro was his only Chelsea colleague to have won more that night.

Despite a lack of pre-season due to his success with France in Russia over the summer, Kante has featured in all nine of the Blues’ games across the league, Europa League and EFL Cup this season.

Kante was also named in the 2018 FIFA FIFPro World XI alongside club colleague, Eden Hazard.

Centre-midfield: Boban Nikolov (MOL Vidi) 6.77

The other Vidi player to make our combined team is Macedonian midfielder, Boban Nikolov.

He made four tackles during their loss in Budapest a fortnight ago, the joint-highest total of any Chelsea or Vidi player.

Nikolov also made two interceptions against BATE, the third-highest amount of any Vidi player.

No player in Group L was fouled more often than Nikolov, having won free-kicks for his side on four occasions during his Europa League debut for Vidi.

Centre-midfield: Ross Barkley (Chelsea) 7.93

Englishman Ross Barkley has been in and out of the Blues’ team this season under Sarri.

He was rewarded with a start against PAOK and was quick to make the most of his opportunity.

Barkley provided the assist for Willian’s seventh-minute goal in Greece, slotting him through on goal at the end of a swift Chelsea move.

It was one of five key passes made by the 24-year-old, who completed 66 of his attempted 69 passes during the match.

Right-wing: Pedro (Chelsea) 8.23

Spaniard Pedro started the season fantastically for Chelsea, scoring in three of their opening four matches in England’s top-flight.

The 31-year-old started on the right of the Blues’ three-man attack in Greece and was effective in both his attacking and defensive work.

He made four tackles against PAOK, the most of any Chelsea player.

Pedro also completed all five of his attempted dribbles, the same amount managed by the 14 players that featured for the hosts at the Toumba Stadium.

Striker: Alvaro Morata (Chelsea) 6.85

Chelsea could have comfortably won the tie by more than a single goal in Greece, but striker Alvaro Morata’s run of disappointing form in 2018 continued to hamper his confidence.

By half time, Morata had seven attempts on goal, none of which he managed to steer on target.

However, his intelligence to make numerous attacking runs and create multiple chances for the visitors earned him a place in this side.

The Spanish forward won the joint-second most aerial duels in the match and also contributed three key passes for Sarri’s side.

Left-wing: Willian (Chelsea) 8.83

Willian is the star player in this Chelsea and Vidi combined team; the 30-year-old got Chelsea’s opening goal of the match and of their Europa League campaign.

He finished off a scintillating passing move early in the match, a goal which proved to be the match-winner.

The winger captained Chelsea on the night and led by example, with his total of six key passes twice the amount mustered by their opponents.

In 2013, Willian signed for the club just three months after they last won this competition, and he will be hoping to guide them similar glory at the end of this campaign.

 

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