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Chelsea 1 Stoke 1 Player Ratings – Hiddink’s decision to rest key players backfires

Chelsea conceded a late goal from Mame Biraf Diouf to surrender the advantage given to them by Bertrand Traore’s stunning strike on 39th minute. Manager Guus Hiddink decided to rest Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa ahead of their Champions League clash against PSG.

In the end, decision did not go as per the plan with Chelsea dropping 2 points in their Champions League race. As for Stoke, they continue their great run under Mark Hughes and look a safe bet to finish in Europa League places this season.

Chelsea 1 Stoke 1 Player Ratings

On the wake of full-time result at Stamford Bridge, we take a look at Chelsea vs Stoke Player Ratings, which sees young striker Traore be the start for his team, while Thibaut Courtois’ individual error leading to Stoke’s equalizer.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Stoke

Courtois (5), Azpilicueta (6), Cahill (6), Ivanovic (6), Baba (6), Mikel (6.5), Matic (6), Hazard (7), Willian (6.5), Oscar (6), Traore (7)

Substitutes – Loftus-Cheek (6), Remy (5), Fabregas (NA)

Stoke Player Ratings vs Chelsea

Butland (6), Pieters (6), Muniesa (5.5), Cameron (6), Wollscheid (6), Whelan (5.5), Arnautovic (6), Afellay (5.5), Wanga (5.5), Shaqiri (6.5), Diouf (6)

Substitutes – Bojan (5), Joselu (NA), Ireland (NA)

Man of the Match – While many would be smitten by Traore’s goal, but for me Eden Hazard was Chelsea’s star player on the night. His decisive running and accurate passing kept Stoke on back-foot. Seeing Hazard come back to his best, Chelsea’s Champions League hope have been given a new lift.

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