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Player Ratings: Man of the Match Eden Hazard puts Chelsea on his back once again

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1. EDEN HAZARD - AM 9.3
Minutes played90
Touches115
Passes81*/97
Shots3*/4
Take-ons8/11
Fouls drawn6
It was a very good performance from Chelsea on Saturday that was overshadowed by yet another game of ridiculously bad finishing from the boys in Blue, and one even more ridiculous wonderstrike from Charlie Adam.  That we ran out winners despite our foibles is perhaps a testament to the validity of our title claim, which is now just 5 wins and a draw away.

The one man who was most definitely not overshadowed is Eden Hazard.  The 9.3 is his highest rating of the season, and his fourth highest since joining Chelsea now almost three years ago.  Goals, assists, tricks, flicks, passion, kindness, character, determination ... he's got it all.  And he's ours!

2. LOÏC RÉMY - FC 7.9
Minutes played61
Touches23
Passes12/14
Shots3*/6
Fouls drawn2
Alongside Hazard, Rémy looked liveliest in the early going.  Full of running, initiative, and verve, he had the back of Asmir Begović's net firmly in his sights.  He had to wait until the second half to collect his reward: as easy of a finish as he'll ever have thanks to Willian and Hazard.

That he was at the right place at the right time to collect his second successive winning goal despite looking absolutely knackered by that point is a testament to his goalscoring instinct.  (Which we'll need now more than ever with Diego Costa sidelined for at least two weeks.)

3. WILLIAN - AMR, AMC 7.9
Minutes played90
Touches83
Passes57/77
Shots0/1
Fouls drawn5
Willian started on the right, getting the better of Stoke's left side regularly to create dangerous situation with cross and passes into the box (such as on the penalty, when he picked out Fabregas's excellent run down the right channel).

After Oscar was withdrawn at the half, Willian moved deeper and more central, pulling the strings and keying our pressing game.  It was his industry that created our second goal, when he intercepted Begovic's bowl-out to create the easy 2-v-1 for Hazard and Remy.

Willian's currently riding a team-high streak of 21 consecutive appearances (15 starts).  He's missed just 4 games all season, which is second lowest after Hazard's 3.  Willian may not be the flashiest ever £30m signing, but he's become an undeniably crucial part of this Chelsea machine.

OTHERS:
Courtois (5.6), Azpilicueta (7.4), Terry (7.0), Cahill (6.8), Ivanovic (6.5), Fabregas (7.1), Matic (7.0), Oscar (5.8)

SUBS:
Costa (5.6), Drogba (5.9), Cuadrado (5.5)

OVERALL:

2014/15 Player Ratings - Stoke H