Leicester 0-1 Chelsea player ratings – Barkley shines as Vardy struggles again

Ross Barkley's 63rd minute goal was enough for Chelsea to beat Leicester City 1-0 in their FA Cup quarter-final and keep alive Frank Lampard's hopes of winning silverware in his first season in charge.

In what was largely an even encounter, Barkley's close-range finish made the difference after he turned it home from Willian's cross after coming off the bench as a substitute.

The Foxes put pressure on the visitors late on and missed a number of good opportunities to equalise but the Blues were able to cling on and book a semi-final date at Wembley on July 18 or 19.

Here's what we thought of the players during the game at the King Power Stadium…


Schmeichel 7

Fabulous point blank save from Pulisic. Solid as a rock.

Justin 7

Another one off the production line – bags of potential from right back.

Evans 7

Glanced wide from a header, good defensively, always reliable.

Söyüncü 6

Booked. Tough defending, took no passengers but very effective.

Chilwell 7

Will this be another audition for Chelsea? If so, he passed. Great delivery.

Ndidi 7

Leicester so much more solid with him in midfield, covered so much ground.

Pérez 5

Substituted early which perhaps summed up his rather ineffective display.

Tielemans 6

Lively, worked hard and forced a good save as he looks to get back to form.

Praet 6

Worked hard and tracked back from midfield to cover when needed.

Barnes 6

Looked powerful and quick, he caused problems down Leicester’s left.

Vardy 5

Still the Premier League’s top scorer, but looks off the boil and not scored since restart.


Albrighton, for Perez, 58 mins, 6

Choudhury, for Praet, 58 mins, 5

Gray, for Barnes, 76 mins

Morgan, Ward, Iheanacho, Mendy, Fuchs, Bennett


Caballero 7

Back to being the cup keeper, he was solid and reliable.

James 5

Lost his place since lockdown and was given a chasing. Hooked at half time.

Rüdiger 7

Lucky to get away with a challenge on Tielemans. Strong vocal leader.

Zouma 6

Solid defensively, always willing but lacked composure on the ball.

Emerson 6

Has never quite worked at Chelsea, good on the ball and steady enough.

Gilmour 5

Clumsy in possession early on, did get better but was hooked at half time.

Kanté 6

One player pleased there were no fans on his return to his former club.

Mount 5

Hooked at half time after contributing very little. Disappointing afternoon.

Willian 7

Given the armband and delivered with a lovely assist for Barkley.

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Pulisic 7

Dangerous again, went close and worryingly came off with an injury.

Abraham 6

Restored to the starting line-up, looked a little rusty but works so hard.


Barkley, for Gilmour, 46 mins, 8

Azpilicueta, for James, 46 mins, 7

Kovacic, for Mount, 46 mins, 7

Loftus-Cheek, for Pulisic, 73 mins, 6

Pedro, for Willian, 78 mins

Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Jorginho, Giroud.

Man of the Match: Barkley

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