|1. ANDRÉ SCHÜRRLE - AM||8.2|
This weekend was slim pickings for holiday cheer. I tried my hardest to help get things started, putting up lights while the wife decorated the tree, but then Chelsea (and the Seahawks) (and the Mariners) happened. It's not often that a single weekend can contain this much incompetence.
Schurrle was arguably the weekend's one and only bright spot (honorable mentions: Newcastle United, Gerard Deulofeu) and your ratings reflect this accordingly.
While Mourinho reserved praise once again for all three players in the attacking band, Schurrle was the only one of the three who was willing to have a shot, willing to look for an actual end-product. He had a third of Chelsea's 15 total shots and half of our 6 shots-on-target. He also had all of our goals. He was the hammerblow and had Assaidi not one-upped him in the last minute, we'd be talking a lot more about that half-volley for his and Chelsea's second.
Alas, in fitting style for this weekend, Schurrle got denied his hat-trick by the crossbar before having to be withdrawn in the 70th minute with a calf injury.
|2. EDEN HAZARD - AM||6.2|
Lost amid the gnashing of teeth was yet another scintillating performance from Hazard, certainly in the first half. However, without an actual end-product, it was all a bit ... well ... useless and not nearly as visible as on Wednesday. Gotta make things count!
Unbelievably, some of his numbers improved from midweek. Thirteen successful dribbles are one more than on Wednesday and 98 percent pass completion is simply outrageous. He did get dispossessed six times in this one though and took zero shots. ZERO! Come on, man. That can't happen. (Then again, he and Torres were inches away from combining for a couple goals.)
|3. JUAN MATA - AM||5.7|
By virtue of not playing in midfield or defense and not being named Fernando Torres, Juan Mata slots into third once again.
Being the glue between Hazard's dribbling and Schurrle's shooting, Mata completed the most passes on the team. At the other end, he put in his now customary defensive effort, once again coming up with a couple successful tackles.
Cech (3.7), Azpilicueta (4.9), Terry (5.0), Cahill (4.3), Ivanovic (4.3), Ramires (4.1), Mikel (5.1), Torres (4.5)
Ba (4.7), Eto'o (3.4), Lampard (4.9)