|1. EDEN HAZARD - AM||6.9|
I've heard the legends. I'm sure you have, too. I mean, he's no Willian, but the artist formerly known as Eden Hazard decided to make a public appearance after many months spend hiding away from the limelight. Surprisingly, he didn't smell of old cheese, nor did he have a 7-foot beard. In fact, he was rather limber for a hermit.
Unfortunately, Chelsea still lost.
|2. PEDRO - AM||6.2|
Also making his return to the starting lineup (and hitting the post to celebrate) after a few weeks out was our last-minute (panic?) summer buy, who got off to such a great start only to quickly fade away into the muck and mire that's enveloped Chelsea for much of the season so far.
Perhaps, as with Hazard, these signs of life are the real deal and we're finally seeing the squad awaken three months into the season. Better late then never, I suppose.
|3. WILLIAN - AM||6.1|
Third place usually belongs to Azpilicueta, but despite getting to play on what's his supposedly natural side, Dave did not put in a particularly outstanding performance, having a big hand in the Arnautović goal and providing very little support going forward. The latter may have been a tactical instruction of course.
But this bit is supposed to be about Willian! After winning 7 of the previous 8 Man of the Match awards, Willian generously allowed somebody else to taste the champagne. Though next time, I'd prefer he'd do it without failing to clear the first man with his free kicks, seemingly, every time.
It's a bit weird that we scored zero goals and the three highest rated players on the team are all attackers. Unlucky.
Begović (5.9), Baba (4.0), Terry (5.6), Zouma (5.9), Azpilicueta (6.0), Matić (5.6), Ramires (5.3), Hazard (6.9), Willian (6.1), Pedro (6.2), Costa (4.5)
Fàbregas (4.7), Oscar (5.1), Rémy (5.6)