|1. JOHN TERRY - DC||9.2|
The two Man of the Match awards from the last 12 that were not won by goalkeepers or Eden Hazard both belong to the captain. JT's ending the season going from strength-to-strength, continuing to play like a man 10-years his own junior.
I'm of the opinion that even if we ignore his stellar defensive play, he deserves the Man of the Match award for calling Arsenal's and Manchester United's play "tippy-tappy."
|2. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA - DL||8.6|
Back-to-back second place finishes for Azpilicueta, who, just like his captain, has saved his best for last. If Mourinho's rotation pattern holds true, Filipe Luis will get a start on Wednesday. But how do you drop somebody as great as Dave? (Yes, I know Ivanović is the obvious answer, but he's also pretty great.)
Rather inexplicably, Azpilicueta was overlooked for the PFA Team of the Year. That's ok, he's got bigger, more important fish to fry. Like being the best left back in the league (the world?) and being a crucial part of Chelsea's world class defense.
|3. WILLIAN - AM||8.2|
Before Oscar had to depart with the concussion, Chelsea played a rather unfamiliar and different 4-3-3 formation, all quite fluid but without a recognized striker. Oscar played the closest approximation to one, while Hazard did his Hazard things (though not nearly with as much influence as usually), but it was Willian who made the whole thing work with tireless running, linking, holding up, creating, tackling. It changed a bit after Drogba's introduction restricted Willian to the right wing once again, but overall, it was a tremendous game from Big Willi Style.
Over the winter, Willian had a few questionable performances -- which wasn't ideal since he already divides the fanbase as it is -- but just like the other two above him in this list, he's turned it on lately.
Courtois (7.5), Cahill (7.7), Ivanović (7.4), Matić (7.7), Fàbregas (7.0), Ramires (7.0), Hazard (7.2), Oscar (7.4)
Drogba (6.3), Zouma (6.3), Cuadrado (6.0)