|1. ANDRÉ SCHÜRRLE - AMR||9.2|
How do you choose three stars from a once-in-a-century match? It's an impossible task. But going with the man who almost single-handedly decided the match in the first six minutes is as an excellent way to start. His goal and assist from that opening Chelsea blitz set us on our way to make history once again.
André's re-emergence after a quiet midseason comes at the perfect time. His direct running and willingness to have a shot sets him apart and provides an excellent complement to most of our other attacking midfield options.
This is Schürrle's third man of the match award of the season and second in his last three starts.
|2. OSCAR - AMC||8.9|
Speaking of re-emergences, having gone missing for two months since the Stoke City match, Oscar seems to be back with a vengeance. Following a good showing midweek against Galatasaray, Oscar was at his all-around best in this one. Pressuring, passing, shooting - it was all there.
If we can keep at least two of our four major attacking midfield options firing at a high level, we can continue to remain a threat in any competition and against any opponent. Having three of them at a high level like on Saturday makes us nigh irresistible.
|3. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA - DL||8.9|
And of course what enables the Chelsea attackers is the solid defense and midfield. A clean sheet is an expectation rather than a welcome rarity for the now familiar back four of Dave, JT, Even Cahill, and Bane. A semblance of control is an expectation rather than a daydream for a midfield anchored by Nemanja Matic (who just barely missed out on the podium). And we're only getting started.
There seems to be a narrative out there that Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the most underrated Chelsea players. Based on your votes, this is nowhere near the truth - he is the third highest regular for the season after Hazard and Matic. Go on, Dave!
Cech (8.2), Terry (8.2), Cahill (8.3), Ivanovic (8.2), Matic (8.9), David Luiz (8.4), Hazard (8.5), Eto'o (8.6)
Torres (8.0), Mikel (7.4), Salah (8.3)