|1. NEMANJA MATIC - MC||6.4|
After three fantastic starts, this one was a bit more ordinary from the Serbian. Still, despite a couple cheap giveaways (sideways passing ain't always as easy as it looks!), Matic didn't do much wrong, which on a day when Chelsea hardly did anything right, is good enough to win the man of the match award.
If his name was Mikel instead of Matic, we probably would've harped on his non-incisive passing, giving away a few too many fouls, not quite providing the expected strength in the middle, and generally exhibiting the same lack of energy and drive as the rest of his teammates. Especially in the second half.
Rat-a-tat, tat-tat-tat, but that's the way it is.
|2. GARY CAHILL - DC||6.4|
It's the year of the Gary, so Cahill limps into second place*. Better than being rooted to his spot, I suppose, right Petr? No, wait, flip that. Wait, no. Maybe? Well, whichever way, let's no hesita...oh, it's too late.
So I still can't quite figure out whom to blame for keeping Cahill on the pitch. You'd think our medical team would be more observant than that, but I'm no doctor. You'd think Cahill would be smarter than that (then again, he did try to play on against Barcelona, too). You'd think Mourinho would be more eagle-eyed than that, but he may not have had enough time to respond anyway. If nothing else, maybe switch with Ivanovic so that we aren't just playing with a crazy man and an invalid in the center of defense.
* that Cahill is rated a full point and change higher than David Luiz is hilarious; but that's just the way it is.
|3. BRANISLAV IVANOVIC - DR||6.3|
Hard to think of a better inverse indicator than Ivanovic leading the team in touches.
At least he scored.
And he didn't eat the linesman.
So let's quit while we're ahead.
Cech (5.6), Azpilicueta (5.7), David Luiz (5.2), Ramires (4.7), Hazard (5.9), Oscar (5.0), Willian (6.3), Eto'o (5.8)
Torres (4.7), Mikel (4.6) Salah (4.8)