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Stoke City vs. Chelsea, Player Ratings: Substitutes impress and Willian continues brilliant streak

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1. WILLIAN - AMR++ 7.2
Minutes played120
Shots1/4
Fouls drawn1
C.Adam assaults rcvd 1
Player ratings are generally skewed by results, so given that Chelsea only managed a 1-1 draw (and a subsequent loss on penalty kicks) against Stoke the overall ratings are actually fairly decent.

Leading the way once again is none other than Willian.  This is now his fifth Man of the Match award in the last six matches.  No other player has more than two (Begovic, Kenedy) for the season, while Hazard, Oscar, Matić, and Fàbregas, combined have two total as well.  All that no doubt partially explains why we've only won one match of the Willian five.

I also would've docked Willian a couple points just for making me do that awkward jump up and throw your hands in the air but then realize it's only side-netting so you slowly put them down move (accompanied by a big yell of "GOOOOOO...oing to get some more beer").

2. KENEDY - AML-ish 7.1
Minutes played50
Shots2/3
Fouls drawn1
It's been a while since we've seen Kenedy and this appearance ended just like the last one, with the young and enterprising winger almost scoring a crucial goal at the death.  Against Porto, he just missed the net while in this one, he drew one of Butland's best saves on the night (and that's saying something, considering how many good saves the Stoke keeper made).

While fellow youngster Bertrand Traoré also impressed with his initiative and eye for a shot, it was Kenedy who not only had a huge hand in setting up our equalizing goal, but also got Phil Bardsley sent off.  Another great outing from the 19-year-old.

3. MIKEL - MC Mikelão 7.1
Minutes played120
Mikel built on his solid 45 minutes on the weekend against West Ham with another 120 solid minutes against Stoke.  And he needed every bit of his ability to lock down the midfield as we kept throwing on attacking players and at one point were playing some sort of 3-Mikel-many formation.

It was Mikel's 346th appearance for Chelsea, moving him into a tie with Colin Pates for 22nd all-time.

STARTERS:
Begović (6.0), Baba (6.2), Terry (6.3), Cahill (5.9), Zouma (5.7), Mikel (7.1), Ramires (6.0), Hazard (6.0), Oscar (6.3), Willian (7.2), Costa (5.8)

SUBS:
Rémy (6.7), Kenedy (7.1), Traoré (6.8)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings - stoke A league cup