Champions League - Team of the Week: Chelsea's case for the defence

Thu, 19 Apr 07:48:00 2012

With Chelsea staging a staunch rearguard performance to frustrate Barcelona, it comes as no surprise to see the Blues providing most of the backbone for our Champions League Team of the Week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings.

2011-12 Champions League Chelsea John Terry - 0

Formation (4-1-3-2)

GK: Petr Cech (Chelsea) - Expert 8, Users 7.8 - Made two vital saves, countless interceptions and marshalled the defence superbly as Chelsea mounted a rearguard action.

RB: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) - Expert 8, Users 7 - The Bayern skipper was superb, silencing Ronaldo and co. and putting in some mighty crosses, including the assist for Bayern's winner.

CB: Gary Cahill (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 6.8 - The former Bolton man deserves some of the credit for keeping Lionel Messi quiet - no mean feat by anyone's standards.

CB: John Terry (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 6.9 - The driver, if you like, of the 'parked bus'. Terry loves these battles and he led by example with several timely tackles.

LB: Ashley Cole (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 7 - Denied Cesc Fabregas on the line - one of Barca's 24 failed attempts at goal - in a heroic defensive performance by Chelsea.

CM: Frank Lampard (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 7.1 - Had a hand in Drogba's goal by releasing Ramires and put in an consummate all-round display.

AMR: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - Expert 7, Users 7 - Okay, so the Frenchman played up top in Munich, but we had to shoehorn him in somewhere after a quality display, despite ultimate defeat for his team.

AMC: Ramires (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 6.9 - One of five centrally-minded Chelsea midfield players, the Brazilian got forward well to set up Drogba's goal.

AML: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) - Expert 7, Users 7.3 - Forgetting about a touch of playacting, the Frenchman got Bayern on their way against Madrid and put in an excellent display throughout.

FW: Didier Drogba (Chelsea) - Expert 7, Users 7.8 - Put himself about brilliantly, a blast from the past in every way as he looked to bully Barca's defence in the air, while delaying play with his usual grass-based theatrics.

FW: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) - Expert 7, Users 7 - Missed a host of chances before he finally made his mark on the game with a late winner that was a triumph for persistence.

Champions League : Chelsea


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