|1. NEMANJA MATIĆ - MC||9.0|
Here's the thing about player ratings -- and not just these ones in particular, but almost all such things done by any media outlet, statistics company, or video game -- they overweight goals and assists (and, in our case, random things like debuts or final games, etc), and underweight the little things. That's not necessarily a criticism, it's just something to be aware of when looking at these numbers. As if trying to encapsulate a player's performance to the nearest tenth isn't enough of a fairly meaningless exercise. Anyway.
What's most impressive about Matić's 9.0 here is that he achieved it without getting a goal or being credited with an assist. Just like his other 9.0+ day (vs. Yaya Touré in his second Chelsea start), this rating was earned tenth by tenth, minute by minute, tackle by tackle, positive play by positive play.
Sure, he's helped a bit by sentiment (just like others might be hurt by the same) but he's been here for about a year now and has yet to really put a foot wrong. He rarely plays badly, he rarely makes a mistake or turns the ball over, and he generally looks to play a proactive, positive game. He is strong, surprisingly quick, with deceptively good technique, and a tremendous football-brain behind it all. He is a true midfield general in every sense of the word. All hail!
|2. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC||8.6|
The Cesc Fàbregas as the furthest forward central midfielder (whatever hipster word you want to call him) experiment rolls on for the second straight game, and third out of the last four. Returns have been positive, I'd say with three wins from three, 8 goals scored, and just 2 conceded).
With Mikel - Matić (22 total tackles, 10 clearances, 8 blocks+interceptions) easily our strongest if not most creative midfield pairing, the burden to generate goals and chances is even greater on Cesc in this more advanced position. Unsurprisingly, he seems well up for the task, and as we look to juggle the fatigue between our two, historically fade-prone players Oscar and Fàbregas, this is an excellent development that affords us flexibility and multiple solutions to the problem.
|3. JOHN TERRY - DC||8.4|
Let's go back to Mourinho, because he probably summed it up best.
Courtois (8.3), Azpilicueta (7.6), Cahill (7.4), Ivanović (7.3), Mikel (7.2), Hazard (8.2), Willian (6.6), Costa (7.5)
Schürrle (6.9), Drogba (6.7), Zouma (6.7)