Chelsea player ratings vs Man City: Axel Disasi colossal as Raheem Sterling shows enduring class

On target: Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea the lead against his former club (Action Images via Reuters)
On target: Raheem Sterling gave Chelsea the lead against his former club (Action Images via Reuters)

A late Rodri goal denied Chelsea a shock win as they put in an exceptional performance away at Manchester City.

Rodri’s stunning 82nd-minute effort ensured that the spoils were shared at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterling put Chelsea ahead in the first half as he curled his finish past Ederson after a stunning move involving Cole Palmer and Nicolas Jackson. Erling Haaland and several Chelsea players missed big chances to win the match.

The Blues quickly go back 10th in the Premier League table but showed they can compete with the best ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool next weekend.

Nizaar Kinsella was at the Etihad Stadium to rate the Chelsea performances.

Djordje Petrovic - 7

The Serb produced some errant kicking early on but settled into the game and made several fine stops.

Malo Gusto - 7

He won his battle with Jeremy Doku in a re-run of Ligue 1 skirmishes.

Axel Disasi - 9

It was a colossal display to combat the Premier League’s top scorer, Haaland.

Levi Colwill - 8

The 20-year-old impressively stepped in to cover for the injured Benoit Badiashile and Thiago Silva.

Ben Chilwell - 7

The left-back kept Phil Foden quiet but wasted a counter-attacking opportunity midway through the first half.

Enzo Fernandez - 7

The playmaker created dangerous openings early on, including an excellent chance for Sterling.

Moises Caicedo - 6 

Caicedo played well in midfield but ran the risk of being sent off for foul accumulation.

Conor Gallagher - 8

He produced some good creative passing and largely marked Rodri out of the game after his match-winning display at Crystal Palace.

Raheem Sterling - 8

The 29-year-old squandered a one-on-one but made amends moments later by scoring a more difficult chance, capping off an electric counter with a curled finish.

Cole Palmer - 7

Palmer dropped into pockets of space just off the right to spring counter-attacks.

Nicolas Jackson - 7

The Senegal international also squandered a one-on-one with Ederson but his movement and runs in behind caused panic in City’s defence.


Christopher Nkunku - 5

Soon after coming on, the Frenchman missed a chance to score.

Trevoh Chalobah - 6

The academy graduate made his first appearance of the season as Chelsea switched to a back five.

Cesare Casadei - 5

The Italian was punished for not getting out to block Rodri’s shot.

Unused subs: Bettinelli, Gilchrist, Samuel-Smith, Harrison, Mudryk, Madueke