|1. OSCAR - AM LC||8.4|
Were it not for his hilarious, stupid, reprehensible dive, Oscar would've had just about the most perfect, most game-changing substitute appearance in a long time. Even so, it's one that we should unequivocally praise and appreciate, regardless of any side stories involving Juan Mata.
In a little over half an hour, Oscar scored a goal, created two more, made six tackles (winning five), and committed four fouls. He led or tied for the team lead in all four of those statistical categories. I think I say this quite often, but he truly was here, there, and every-[funning]-where.
And let's not forget, he's still just 22, which makes him the youngest first-team regular at Chelsea.
|2. WILLIAN - AMR||8.2|
Oscar's partner in crime, Willian continued his good form on Wednesday, working mostly the right wing and giving us that often elusive, nerve-settling second goal with a thumping shot from the top of the box.
Mourinho has found an intriguing, dynamic combination with the trio of Willian, Oscar, and Hazard and as long as they continue generating the goods, we need to be throwing them out there to terrorize and hound the opposition both in and out of possession. Form is temporary, as they say, so this too shall wane, but for now, it's pretty exciting.
|3. EDEN HAZARD - AM LC||8.0|
For the second match running, Mourinho deployed Hazard in a more central role in an effort to reduce the workload on the Belgian's legs. And despite some fairly obvious tiredness, Hazard still managed to make a telling contribution in setting up Chelsea's third and what should've been Chelsea's first with excellent through balls to Oscar.
As a consequence of his deeper role, he led the team in passes attempted, which is unusual, but he still found the time to dribble a few players, leading the team in successful take-ons, which is not unusual. As always, he won multiple fouls, his total of 56 fouls suffered just edging Ross Barkley's 54 for the Premier League lead.
Hazard will now surely take a well-deserved rest on the weekend, to get his legs back for the upcoming Manchester United and Manchester City clashes.
Cech (7.1), A.Cole (7.0), Cahill (7.5), Terry (7.3), Azpilicueta (7.5), Mikel (7.1), Ramires (7.6), Schurrle (5.6), Mata (6.1), Torres (7.4)