|1. ANDRÉ SCHÜRRLE - AML, AMR, FC||9.0|
After starting just twice in 14 matches, Schürrle made his second start in what seemed like 14 hours. And although he (and the rest of the team) took the first 45 minutes off as a working vacation - emphasis on vacation - the sudden burst of quality finishing in 18 second half minutes reminded us just why he cost £18 million.
The German's return to his early season form of much promise comes at a fantastic time as Oscar continues to struggle and Willian is showing signs of fatigue as well. Except for Hazard of House Unspareable, Mourinho has shown a preference to stick with winning combinations all season, which should mean more playing time for Schürrle in the near future. His direct movement (often making better runs than our center forward) and desire to shoot (the eight shots has got to be a season high for this team, no?) offer a welcome change of pace.
This is André's second man of the match award after his brace (which would've also been a hat trick were it not for the crossbar) in the losing effort at Stoke. The 9.0 is his highest rating ever for Chelsea, just edging out that one time he absolutely destroyed Steaua right back Daniel Georgievski.
|2. EDEN HAZARD - AML, AMC||8.7|
Four straight lackluster showings after the back-to-back magnificence of Manchester City and Newcastle. We were starting to get worried.
Dropping into a slightly more central role, Hazard dismissed our worries with his second half bouquet of delicious dribbling, scintillating passing, and flowering rabonas (well, ok, just one rabona). Not every rabona creates an actual chance, but then not every player can pull off an outrageous piece of skill with actual purpose behind it. But maybe take a couple shots as well next time though; please?
With just 10 matches left and Chelsea still in with an excellent shout for the title, we're going to need this Eden Hazard to show up many more times. Unspareable, indeed.
|3. GARY CAHILL - DC||7.4|
Starting his 14th straight match, Cahill was once again his usual, solid self. And unlike his partners in defense or his goalkeeper, he didn't completely screw us over on that corner kick.
In the words of Didier Drogba, "even Cahill!"
Cech (6.7), Azpilicueta (7.2), Terry (7.0), Ivanovic (6.8), Ramires (6.4), Matic (7.3), Oscar (6.2), Torres (6.7)
Mikel (6.1), Ba (6.1), David Luiz (6.0)