Chelsea moved three points clear at the top of Group L in the Europa League with a 1-0 victory over MOL Vidi.

Alvaro Morata’s half-volley 20 minutes from time secured three points for Maurizio Sarri’s side at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, having been teed-up by the head of Willian.

The Blues are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run in all competitions, having not lost under Sarri in a competitive match.

Here is how Chelsea’s players rated during their narrow victory over their Hungarian opposition in South West London.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: A spectator for a majority of the match, yet made an alert save deep into the second half to deny a Vidi equaliser. 6

Davide Zappacosta: Like his fellow fullback, most of the Italians’ night was spent in the opposition’s final third. Delivery was below par. 6

Andreas Christensen: Like the rest of the back four, untroubled for large periods but still didn’t perform highly enough to warrant a consistent starting place. 6

Gary Cahill: Only his second full 90 minutes of the campaign but Cahill did not look out of sorts and led the team efficiently. 7

Emerson: Showed flashes of attacking flair in the first half. Not an established defensive full-back quite yet having been caught out of position more than once. 6

 

Cesc Fabregas: Set the tempo from deep and was not required to defend anything behind him. Involved in the build-up to the goal. 7

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Came off after an hour due to fitness, yet showed enough give Sarri a possible future headache in selection. Powerful strides forward were a thorn in the Vidi’s side. 7

Mateo Kovacic: Another steady evening for a confident footballer. Passed with pace and precision, finding his feet again after being a shadow at Real Madrid. 6

Pedro: Pedro made a point to his manager he always warrants to start, week in week out, with a fine performance, especially in the first half. Set up a handful of glorious opportunities for team mates, picking up pockets of space with ease. 7

Alvaro Morata: Finally got his goal, very well taken at that. Still looks short of confidence and should have added more to his tally for the season after wasting a few glorious chances. 7

Willian: Has featured in every Chelsea game this season and it is noticeable why. Linked well with both the midfielders and attackers, always appearing assured in everything he did. Assisted the goal with an acute header. 7

Substitutes:

Eden Hazard: Kicked his team into life after Sarri needed more energy on the attack. Typically bought the ball forward into dangerous areas. 6

Ross Barkley: It is a great sight to see Barkley fully fit and playing. Still showed signs of his footballing maturity, losing possession needlessly on occasion. 6

Victor Moses: Hardly touched the ball as a late substitute. 5

By Nathaniel Kay at Stamford Bridge

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