Blues need to break the bank with Rudiger, set to ship Ziyech while Pulisic needs a hug

CHELSEA came on to Manchester City to snatch a point – but were undone by a bit of genius from Kevin De Bruyne.

Thomas Tuchel’s side played the ball upside down and were finally overtaken in the 70th minute when KDB curled the ball past Kepa.

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was never happy with the 90 minutesCredit: Reuters

And while it looked like the plan was to batten down the hatches, judging by boss Thomas Tuchel’s reactions on the sidelines, he wanted so much more.

Their final ball was pretty much abysmal, but their defense was pretty heroic at times until City’s Belgian master stamped his authority.

Right here, SunSport’s John Hutchinson assesses how Tuchel’s men fared as they lost 1-0 to the league leaders.

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 7

Kept his team in the game in the 39th minute with a brilliant save from Jack Grealish that was clear.

Trying his luck now, Edouard Mendy is absent from CAN. I couldn’t do much with De Bruyne’s pearl.

Antonio Rudiger – 8

Chelsea must be angry if they don’t throw their money at the German defender for a new contract

Clearly world-class, he was strong and smart against City’s fluid attack. A real rock.

Chelsea were grateful for an in-form Kepa doing his best to impress Tuchel

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Chelsea were grateful for an in-form Kepa doing his best to impress TuchelCredit: Getty

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Thiago Silva – 7

The man tasked with running things at the back – and he had to do it well with the Blues barely having a touch in the top 45.

Pulled this and that a bit in the second half as City upped the ante but still got skill at the highest level.

Malang Sarr – 7

The 22-year-old has been immersed in it in recent weeks with Chelsea’s lingering injuries and positive Covid tests.

Decent positioning in the top 45 saw him thwart a number of City attacks.

Malang Sarr showed there could be something for the future

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Malang Sarr showed there could be something for the futureCredit: Getty

Cesar Azpilicueta – 6

Given the right-back role, but was more part of a flat-back five, such was Chelsea’s dominance.

Tired as the game progressed, despite giving as usual.

N’Golo Kante – 6

Barely noticed the Frenchman in the first 45, such was City’s dominance in possession.

He will look nervously over his shoulder now with Jorginho back and fit.

Mateo Kovacic – 5

No idea what he was thinking playing backwards and then going straight to Grealish.

Was grateful for his keeper Kepa for saving the effort. His reservation seemed to stimulate any forward movement.

Rudiger will be upset that his heroic performance didn't score at least one point

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Rudiger will be upset that his heroic performance didn’t score at least one pointCredit: Reuters

Marcus Alonso – 6

Warned after just six minutes for a foul on Sterling, Chelsea fans must have feared he wouldn’t last the 90 against City’s speedy winger.

But he remained an option as Chelsea pushed for an equalizer – wanted the ball even if he didn’t always make the best use of it.

Christian Pulisic – 4

Finally noticed he was playing as the game approached half-time – but that was only because he got injured.

Substituted in the 68th minute, will feel annoyed that his teammates simply wanted to play backwards. The 23-year-old looks like he needs a hug from the boss.

Hakim Ziyesh -4

Time is running out for the Moroccan winger who has failed to justify his £33.3m price tag.

Finally found a pass for Lukaku early in the second half but saw his teammate’s shot stopped then it blazed over the bar.

Romelu Lukaku – 5

Chose to switch to Ziyech at the half hour mark when he should have had a shot. Then saw a one-on-one saved by Ederson early in the second half.

Completely isolated up front until Werner came along to try and help him.

It was a frustrating day at the Etihad for Romelu Lukaku

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It was a frustrating day at the Etihad for Romelu LukakuCredit: Reuters

submarines

Callum Hudson Odoi (replaced Ziyech, 69) – 5

No sooner was it introduced than Chelsea lost 1-0.

It probably helped him as the visitors needed to attack, but he was well organized and couldn’t impress.

Timo Werner (replaced Pulisic, 69) – 5

A decent chance but his shot was deflected away from danger.

Lukaku may be hoping he gets the go-ahead to pair him up in the next game to provide some much-needed support.

Mason Mount (replaced Alonso, 81) – 5

No time to impact the game. Strange why he didn’t have more than nine minutes.

Substitutes (not used): Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Bettinelli, Saul Niguez, Ross Barkley, Kai Havertz.

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