Chelsea charged past helpless PAOK Salonika in the Europa League, leaving the Greek side in tatters after a thumping 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

An Olivier Giroud double was overshadowed by a first senior strike for Chelsea inductee Callum Hudson-Odoi on his full senior debut. His night of fabled fortunes continued, assisting Alvaro Morata’s late fourth.

The Blues’ clean slate of five victories secured top spot in Group L with one fixture remaining, giving them chance to focus on catching the runaway sides in the Premier League.

Here is how the Maurizio Sarri’s side rated on a simple Stamford Bridge victory.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: A spectator like the rest sitting inside Stamford Bridge. 5

Davide Zappacosta: Was unable to foray forward as much as usual in the Europa League, limited to an hour of football due to an injury. 6

Andreas Christensen: Rarely an incident where the Danish defender was called into action. Needs a tougher task in terms of opposition to develop further. 6

Gary Cahill: Will be relishing every moment he has left as a Chelsea player and was steady all evening. 6

Emerson: Every inkling suggests Emerson should play as a winger, bombing down the left flank at any offer. Still needs to work on his official position.  6

Ross Barkley: Had patches of play where he got involved in the play yet couldn’t stamp his authority on the tie. 6

Cesc Fabregas: Ran the show at his own pace, utilising his full arsenal of passing weaponry. Had a hand in each of Chelsea’s goals. 7

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Glimpses of a complete midfielder at times, belittling the PAOK midfielders with power, pace and skill. 7

Pedro: A delicate footballer who is extremely keen on the eye. Pedro’s perfect control and assist for the opener optimised that. 7

Olivier Giroud: A serious question lies as to how Giroud is not guaranteed a regular starting spot following an excellent execution for both his goals. 8

Callum Hudson-Odoi: Saw heaps of the ball out wide, wanting to beat his man or find a cross at any opportunity. Topped a dream-like evening off with an excellently taken finish and an assist. 8


Willian: Still managed a shot on target in the brief spell he had on the field. 5

Alvaro Morata: May have even tighter competition as the main striker after Giroud’s double, however, a well-taken goal himself will not do him any harm. 6

Ethan Ampadu: Has Welsh steel running through his veins in every tackle, never afraid to put his foot in. 6

By Nathaniel Kay at Stamford Bridge

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