|1. THIBAUT COURTOIS - GK||9.1|
And to think, I was worried about Courtois's reaction to getting dropped against Everton last week. This is the way to come back from a wobbly performance against Aston Villa and the error against Manchester City! How great is it to have two world class goalkeepers? This great: four of the last six Man of the Match awards have been won by either Courtois or Čech.
"If football was nine outfield players plus two goalkeepers we would give no other team a chance. We would be phenomenal because they are both phenomenal," said Mourinho after the game. He's not wrong.
The only thing that's possibly worrying here now is that ... four of the last six Man of the Match awards have been won by goalkeepers (and the other two by defenders). While it's great that they're pulling off top class save after top class save, I'm not sure that's the greatest or most sustainable plan of action. Wake up, offense!
|2. BRANISLAV IVANOVIĆ - DR||8.1|
From bloody boots to game-winning goals, from Butt Storm to Big Game, it's all happening for the Chelsea right back. Ivanovic had our only shot on target on Tuesday, but he made his header count while Ibrahimovic and Cavani needed several headed chances to bounce one past Courtois. That's how efficiency's done, boys and girls!
With this game, Ivanovic broke the 3000 minutes-played mark for the season, joining Nemanja Matić, John Terry, and Eden "9-times-fouled" Hazard. There are your undroppables, right there.
|3. NEMANJA MATIĆ - MC||7.4|
As mentioned just above, Matić leads the team in minutes. He's also second in total number of appearances with 36, just one behind Hazard. The 26-year-old remains our least replaceable player, and with both Costa and Fabregas playing well below their best, Matić and his far-and-away team high number of touches (33 more than Fabregas) was perhaps the biggest reason why we walked away with a 1-1 from where we only managed a 1-3 last season. (He and Ivanovic were also the only ones seemingly capable of standing up to the power of ZLATAN.)
ALL HAIL THE SPIDERBEAST!
Azpilicueta (6.9), Terry (7.1), Cahill (6.1), Fàbregas (6.2), Ramires (6.3), Hazard (7.2), Costa (5.9), Willian (6.4)
Cuadrado (5.9), Rémy (5.9), Oscar (6.1)