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Chelsea player ratings vs Watford

Ross Barkley scored a stoppage time winner as Chelsea ended their season on a high. Here’s how we rated every Blues player in the 2-1 win over Watford.

Edouard Mendy: 7

Made a huge save to deny Joao Pedro from close range early in the second half – one of his best saves this season. Mendy also saved from Kiko Femenia at his close post early on. Little about Watford’s equaliser.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

A rare nervous moment almost saw Azpilicueta score a comedic own goal in what could be his final appearance for Chelsea. The captain backed his pass too much and it nearly rolled into the goal, but defensive partner Thiago Silva came back to clear the ball from the line.

Thiago Silva: 6

Kept Watford’s front three of Pedro, Joshua King and Ken Sema clear of Mendy’s goal for the most part, but the entire backline appeared to fall asleep for Watford’s equalizer as Adam Masina – undisputed – scored crossed the ball for Dan Gosling to score.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Was solid in his 203rd and final game for Chelsea, who will struggle to replace the German defender next season. Rudiger left the pitch to a standing ovation in the 65th minute and the Blues conceded as he sat on the bench.

Reece James: 7

Was forced to do more defending than he could have expected, particularly during a second-half spell in which Watford pushed to equalise. Provided the assist in the 90th minute, crossing for Barkley with the outside of his boot.

N’Golo Kante: 6

Was hailed by boss Thomas Tuchel a few days ago as Chelsea’s key player. Kante showed flashes of excellence in a game he probably didn’t need to start with and controlled much of the game from midfield.

Saul: 5

Started what may well be his last game for Chelsea and put in a performance that sums up his season. The midfielder didn’t do enough to draw attention alongside Kante but reminded the fans of his presence with a few crisp tackles here and there.

Kennedy: 8

Provided a first assist for Kai Havertz in his first Premier League game for Chelsea since January 2018, crossing for the German to sign up. In the 57 minutes he played, Kenedy turned in the kind of performance that would suggest he could have played more than twice since his return in January.

Hakim Ziyesh: 7

He looked brilliant as he operated down the right flank, linking up well with James. Rolled up a brilliant cross in the box for Mason Mount in the first half, who should have done much better with his header. Almost scored himself in the second half, cutting inside before firing a low shot that was saved.

Mason Mount: 7

Looked lively and showed Tuchel the kind of creativity he lacked for much of the draw against Leicester. Played a nice through pass for Havertz who should have scored early and had a few chances including a misjudged header at the back post.

Kai Havertz: 8

Scored Chelsea’s first goal of the game after 11 minutes, tapping from close range. Havertz should have had more, missing a one-on-one with goalkeeper Bachmann early on and glancing over the bar again.

Malang Sarr: 7

Sarr was quite comfortable as he took his place in the back line for the last 30 minutes, where he could play much more regularly in Rudiger’s absence next season. Was caught napping for Watford’s equalizer, as was the rest of the defence.

Ross Barkey: 9

Winner of Chelsea’s match that day, beating Bachmann with a close-range header in the 90th minute. He also got close before that with a brilliant effort from 30 yards that swung over the bar.