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Chelsea vs. FC Porto, Player Ratings: Willian leads the way and the rest actually follow

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1. WILLIAN - AM 8.7
Minutes played90
Touches66
Passes37/55
Shots2*/2
Take-ons2/6
Tackles5
A very strange thing happened in this game.
Chelsea won!  And won comfortably.  But no, that wasn't the strangest thing.
Willian played well!  Also not strange.
Willian played well AND the rest of the team did as well!  Ding ding ding!

So many times this season Willian poured his heart and soul and ridiculous free kick magic into the proceedings only for the rest of the team to not fail to follow suit.  But not this time.  This time, they followed our leading goalscorer's example and showed a glimpse of a "true" Chelsea, the title-winning Chelsea, the non-terrible Chelsea.

Long may this continue, but especially on Monday, away to Leicester City.

2. KURT ZOUMA - DC 8.1
Minutes played90
Touches38
Passes16/23
Clearances5/5
Tackles3
Blocks+INTs6
What else can be said that hasn't been said recently about the young man so key to our suddenly much improved defense (fourth clean sheet in the last five)?

While Terry and Zouma were largely unchallenged in the game, there was a moment in the second half when Zouma got isolated against the young and exciting and tricky Tecatito Corona, and proceeded to body off the younger player like one would swat away a fly with the world's largest flyswatter.  So sorry, little boy.  That's our ball and you can't have it.

3. EDEN HAZARD - AM 8.0
Minutes played89
Touches50
Passes27*/39
Take-ons2/4
Fouls drawn4
Tackles4
As mentioned before, we always expect greatness from Eden Hazard.  We didn't get it over the weekend against Bournemouth and this game probably wasn't a "great" performance either per se, especially when compared with what we know he can do.  But it was still pretty pretty pretty pretty good, and that's far better than what's come far too regularly before this season.  And he put in a good shift defensively, too!

It's coming together, it's all coming together, I tells ya.  (Monday's result will prove me right or wrong.)

STARTERS:
Courtois (7.8), Azpilicueta (7.4), Terry (7.7), Zouma (8.1), Ivanović (6.8), Matić (7.9), Ramires (7.2), Hazard (8.0), Oscar (7.8), Willian (8.7), Costa (7.4)

SUBS:
Pedro (6.6), Mikel (6.3), Rémy (6.2)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings - porto H