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Player Ratings: Branislav Ivanovic's left foot wins Man of the Match

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1. BRANISLAV IVANOVIĆ - DR 8.2
Minutes played90
Touches43
Shots1*/2
Passes37/41
Tackles2/2
Clearances3/3
Ah, Mr. Ursus Bloodbooticus, we finally meet at the top of the podium.  RAWR!

"He is a great guy, what he is doing for us is unbelievable.  He had the injury against Liverpool [when his right boot was filled with blood] and played the rest of the game, played against Man­chester City, played again on Saturday. Fantastic courage."

"Is he one of the club's best ­signings? I think so. He came ­immediately after I left and after that he made a fantastic contribution for this club. He is a competitive animal with a big heart."

"What really matters is what we as a club feel for him and people like John [Terry] and [Gary] Cahill, ­without them - you cannot do ­nothing. A team is an artist like Hazard, it is a defender like Branislav. The mix and combination of talent makes a team."

-Jose Mourinho; source: Telegraph

2. EDEN HAZARD - AML 8.1
Minutes played90
Touches65
Shots1*/2
Passes45/54
Take-ons2/3
Fouls drawn2
Blocks+INTs2
Eden Hazard has now gone six rated appearances in a row without a Man of the Match win, a season-long drought.  Yet, at the same time, he's now finished second in the ratings for the fourth straight start.  Consistency!

This is Hazard's 20th appearance in the top three (from 34 rated games), by far the most on the team.  He's also head and shoulders above every one else in average rating for the season.  Now on 13 goals (9 in the league), he's already matched his goalscoring totals from his first season with Chelsea.  'Tis the season of Hazard; 'tis the season to be jolly.

3. WILLIAN - AMR 8.0
Minutes played78
Touches50
Shots0/2
Passes29*/39
Take-ons1/1
Clearances1/2
Tackles1/2

OTHERS:
Courtois (5.7), Azpilicueta (7.0), Terry (7.0), Cahill (6.6), Matić (7.4), Ramires (6.5), Oscar (6.4), Drogba (4.8)

SUBS:
Rémy (6.5), Mikel (6.1), Cuadrado (6.4)

OVERALL:

2014/15 Player Ratings - Villa A