A hat trick of goals, a hat trick of man of the match awards for Eden Hazard

Mike Hewitt

Do not adjust your set; this is not a repost, though it is a repeat of the top three from the Manchester City match.

1. EDEN HAZARD - AM 9.7
Minutes played84
Touches62
Shots4***/6
Passes36/44
Take-ons1/1
In some ways, important ways even, while this was Hazard's third straight man of the match award, it was a somewhat atypical performance.  I'm fairly confident in saying that six shots is just about the most he's ever taken in a single match for us.  The three goals of course are a new Chelsea career high.  And just one official take-on, which has got to be a record, too.

Yet, to the naked eye, it was very much the Hazard we know and love.  Now with added goals, which is the next step in the Hobbit Cristiano Ronaldo evolutionary ladder.

It's worth mentioning that Hazard's rating is a personal best (a couple hundredths higher than his rating for Sunderland away earlier this year).  Which also makes this 9.7 the highest ever awarded in the two-year history of the WAGNH Community Player Ratings.  The awardiest of man of the match awards!  Yey!

2. NEMANJA MATIC - MC 8.0
Minutes played90
Touches76
Shots0/1
Passes39/48
Take-ons2/3
Tackles11/13
Clearances6/6
Aerial duels4/7
I like looking at Nemanja Matic's statszone dashboards.  Of all the Chelsea players, his are the most likely to become a smorgasbord of various meaningless and not quite meaningless little tick marks an Opta constructs.  And this one's no different either, with tackles (and a ridiculous amount at that), clearances, aerial duels, take-ons, and interceptions scattered around all over the pitch.  Pretty!

Matic has started three matches since arriving in January.  He's been voted second star twice and third star once in those three.  Not bad, not bad at all.

As Roger Waters once said, so welcome, welcome to the Machine Matiiiiic.

3. GARY CAHILL - DC 7.9
Minutes played90
Touches88
Passes72/78
Clearances7/7
Aerial duels3/5
Rounding out the same top three as against Manchester City, it's once again Gary Cahill.

Starting his ninth straight match (the longest active streak of any Chelsea player), Cahill wasn't nearly as excellent as, say, against the benchmark that was Manchester City, but an argument could be made that his best role is to be the more aggressive of the defensive pair, which he can do much more effectively when paired with Terry rather than David Luiz.  That's not to say that he was bad, especially since the one obvious defensive error on the night was committed by Sideshow instead.

OTHERS:
Cech (7.7), Azpilicueta (7.6), David Luiz (7.3), Ivanovic (7.8), Lampard (7.2), Oscar (7.1), Willian (7.4), Eto'o (7.8)

SUBS:
Ba (5.9), Salah (6.4), Schürrle (6.1)

OVERALL:
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