Player ratings as 'fantastic' as Mike Dean's performance

Mike Hewitt

Chelsea's title hopes suffered a potential killing blow as Jose Mourinho tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first time ever at Stamford Bridge. The taste was not pleasant.

1. SAMUEL ETO'O - FC 6.1
Minutes played73
Touches35
Passes14/21
Shots2*/4
Take-ons2/5
With a sneaky swing of his left boot, the Old Man smashed Willian's corner into the back of the net in the 11th minute.  Chelsea were up 1-0, he danced a jig, and it was good.

It was Eto'o's 12th goal of the season, his 9th in the Premier League.  That's one more than Torres managed last season and is the most league goals scored by a Chelsea center forward since Didier Drogba scored 11 in Carlo Ancelotti's final season.

Our center forward situation is a source of plenty of anguish and lots of hilarity, but after his initial struggles, Eto'o has done alright, especially at Stamford Bridge.  Nine Premier League goals puts him level with Álvaro Negredo, while his 144 minutes-to-goal ratio is comparable to Edin Džeko, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor, Loïc Remy, and Wilfried Bony.  It's better than Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke and Olivier Giroud and many, many others.  Admittedly, isolated goal statistics gives us a very limited view, but all considered, I'm glad Samuel Eto'o has got to spend this season with us.

2. NEMANJA MATIĆ - MC 5.7
Minutes played90
Touches81
Passes57/66
Shots1/2
Clearances5/5
Matic did the usual Matic things.

Matic doing the usual Matic things is always good for at least second spot in my book.

Even if it is his third lowest-rated start so far for Chelsea.

3. WILLIAN - AMC 5.6
Minutes played90
Touches96
Passes57*/64
Shots2/3
Take-ons3/3
Corners6/9
It's unfortunate for Big Willi Style that Chelsea did not walk away with the easy victory that some of the Brazilian's play deserved.  He was a whisker away from three assists on the day, Demba Ba and Branislav Ivanovic both missing glorious chances from his crosses.  He was at the center of most everything positive Chelsea managed on the day, and as someone who seems to struggle for universal recognition - beyond his stellar work rate - Willian could've used some such credit.  Oh well.

Much like his ex-Anzhi teammate Eto'o, Willian struggled to adapt early on, but has clearly cemented his spot in the Chelsea rotation.  In fact, at this point, he's basically ahead of even Oscar.  Willian may forever be hampered by the expectations of his two-thirds Torresian transfer fee, but I'm glad he's got to spend his first season of many to follow with us.

OTHERS:
Schwarzer (3.3), Azpilicueta (4.7), Terry (5.4), Cahill (5.5), Ivanovic (4.9), Ramires (3.4), Oscar (4.5), Salah (4.9)

SUBS:
Ba (4.6), Torres (5.0), Schürrle* (4.9)

* Schürrle was left off the voting form, so I assigned him the squad average.

OVERALL:
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