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Oscar makes it two in a row with Man of the Match performance against Aston Villa

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Clive Rose

1. OSCAR - AMC 8.7
Minutes played77
Touches62
Passes37/45
Shots2*/2
Take-ons3/5
Clearances3/3
On a day when the creative duties fell to Oscar instead of Fàbregas (who was tiki-taka-ing his day away next to Matić) and Willian instead of Hazard (who did a whole lot of nothing, including ZERO take-ons attempted, according to Opta), it was a good thing that Oscar just so happened to be in some of his best club form since arriving at Chelsea.  The community seems to agree: the 8.7 is Oscar's fourth highest rating in the last two seasons (8.9s against Juventus and the Arsenal 6-0, 8.8 against West Ham 3-0 away).

So, back-to-back games with goals and Man of the Match performances for Chelsea's #8.  A timely reminder that when Oscar's on form, he's so very, very good.

2. DIEGO COSTA - FC 8.6
Minutes played81
Touches44
Passes22/27
Shots4*/5
Fouls drawn3
It's a good thing Diego Costa scored, otherwise I would've been a bit disappointed that he didn't put away his three-four other chances to score.  Only one goal on five shots?!  How very entirely human from Diego...

If you're keeping track, and of course you are, that's eight goals to lead the Premier League and a goal in each of first three home league matches.  That latter bit still ties him into the Adrian Mutu narrative, so please hide any and all white powders in the clubhouse.  No talcum / baby powder for you!

Wonder how Philippe Senderos felt after managing to avoid Didier Drogba, only to be made to look like an absolute fool by Costa on Chelsea's third goal.

3. WILLIAN - AMR 8.2
Minutes played90
Touches75
Passes53*/57
Shots2*/5
Take-ons0/2
Tackles0/2
Willian was the ultimate beneficiary of Diego Costa's good work on the third goal, finding himself in the right place at the right time (via a lucky bounce, too) to poke home his first goal of the season.

It put the cherry on top of a very good performance -- including the assist on Oscar's goal -- from the man who's often failed to live up to the lofty heights set by his exorbitant, last-minute transfer fee in the summer of 2013.  Lovely to see Willian spread his attacking wings a bit, too, not just his hard work, closing down, and tracking back ones.

OTHERS:
Courtois (7.4), Azpilicueta (7.8), Terry (7.3), Cahill (6.9), Ivanović (7.6), Fàbregas (7.6), Matić (7.7), Hazard (7.3)

SUBS:
Schürrle (6.8), Mikel (6.6), Rémy (6.5)

OVERALL:

2014/15 player ratings - villa H