The Blues went into the game knowing only a win would do having lost 1-0 to Juventus in-game week two and once Chelsea got up and running, there was little doubt in the result.
Two goals in either half were enough for Chelsea who remain second in Group H after Juventus beat Zenit 1-0 in Russia.
Here’s how the players rated at Stamford Bridge:
Edouard Mendy – 5 – Might as well have been sitting in the Shed End, he had so little to do.
Andreas Christensen – 8 – Opened the scoring for Chelsea with a finely-taken volley after a late run into the box, grabbing his first Chelsea goal in his 137th appearance. Defensively kept the Malmo attack nullified but also looked to help Chelsea advance with the ball at his feet.
Thiago Silva – 8 – Another solid defensive performance, protecting Mendy’s goal and he sent in an absolutely delicious cross into the box for Christensen’s goal.
Antonio Rudiger – 8 – A peak Rudiger performance once Chelsea had taken control, constantly looking to run through the Malmo midfield and defence. It was his extremely high pressing that forced the error early on in the second half before bullying his way into the box to win Chelsea’s second penalty. Saw his name in lights with a late free-kick attempt but it sailed into the Matthew Harding Lower. He’s no Alex.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – In the first half you could be mistaken for thinking Azpilicueta was playing as a No.10 he was so high up the pitch. Did not give the Malmo defence a moment’s rest before coming off with the result sealed.
N’Golo Kante – 7 – Helped control the midfield and popped up everywhere across the pitch, frustrating Malmo. Rested after 65 minutes.
Jorginho – 9 – Another excellent performance from the Uefa Player of the Year and not just because of the goals. The Italian completed 72 of his 82 passes on the night including 30 in the final third (more than any other player) and kept his side ticking from the midfield with eight tackles. Then, of course, he stepped up to blast his penalties past two different goalkeepers, going for power more than placement.
Jorginho made 8 tackles against Malmö, more than any player managed in a single game in MD3 of the Champions League.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 20, 2021
Ben Chilwell – 7 – Like Azpilicueta, Chilwell started the game very advanced and tucked into overload the Malmo defence but he then took a step back as Chelsea overloaded their right-hand side. A solid performance nonetheless.
Mason Mount – 7 – This was Mount back to his usual self after a handful of poor performances this season, linking up well with Azpilicueta to cause Malmo’s left flank problems.
Timo Werner – 5 – Timo Werner cannot catch a break. The German had a poor miss early on from inside the six-yard box that might have counted if he had scored despite the offside flag going up. He didn’t make it to halftime, pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury running into the box. Went straight down the tunnel.
Romelu Lukaku – 6 – The Belgian had a bright start, sending a cross for Werner’s miss and then having a deflected effort saved early on. Won the penalty for Chelsea’s second but was injured in the process and not risked, coming off after Jorginho had converted. A worry for Chelsea.
Kai Havertz (for Lukaku 23′) – 7 – The German had a slow start to the game after replacing Lukaku but slowly grew and, just before halftime, had a good opportunity to score but saw his effort saved. He wouldn’t have to wait too long into the second half for his goal, beating the goalkeeper with a neat chip that only boosted his confidence. He’ll be the man leading the line for Chelsea in the coming weeks, so this was a good starting point.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (for Werner 44′) – 8 – There were cries for him to start and Callum Hudson-Odoi showed why with excellent performance after replacing Werner. While Havertz got the goal, Chelsea’s third was all about Hudson-Odoi as he won the ball back inside his own half before running 50 yards to play the German in. This should put him ahead of Christian Pulisic for the weekend (if the American is fit).
Saul Niguez (for Kante 65′) – 6 – Didn’t really do much after coming on but helped keep Chelsea in control.
Reece James (for Azpilicueta 66′) – 6 – Filled in Azpilicueta’s space as advanced winger quite well, keeping the pressure up though Malmo were done at this point.
Marcos Alonso (for Chilwell 66′) – 6 – A decent performance from the Spaniard but provided no signs of taking his starting role off Chilwell.
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