Chelsea player ratings vs Manchester City: Five score 6/10 but £115m star gets 7 in impressive draw

Chelsea player ratings from their 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the Premier League.

Chelsea again showed they were going places with an entertaining 1-1 draw against Manchester City at the Etihad. The west London side led for large parts of the game through Raheem Sterling but Rodri's strike earned City a point.

Chelsea set up in a narrow 4-4-2 system with anticipation to hurt City on the break. Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson were all instructed to interchange and cause problems to the City backline, and they did so to perfection.

The warning signs were crystal clear for City at the beginning when Jackson missed a perfect opportunity to give his team the lead. The Senegal international more than made up for that miss with his role in the Sterling goal, first backheeling a ball to Palmer before receiving it and setting up Sterling who sidestepped the rapid Kyle Walker to put Chelsea 1-0 up. 

This was an intriguing match and Manchester City had huffed and puffed but Chelsea deserved their lead at this point. The game plan had worked perfectly. Halfway through the second half Mauricio Pochettino had sensed his team needed help, so he threw in Trevoh Chalobah for his first league game of the season to try and keep City at bay, moving to a five-at-the-back system.

Erling Haaland had a shot cleared off the line and then missed an absolute sitter from a Kevin De Bruyne cross. Chelsea have proved recently that they were becoming more compact and incredibly organised but as has been the case throughout his City career- Rodri showed up with a brilliant strike, lashing home the equaliser with a little over 10 minutes to go. City threatened a winner but Chelsea held on for a deserved point.

Here is how we rated the Pochettino's side out there today: