|1. WILLIAN - AM||8.9|
And so it has come to pass that on the final day of the feast of the goddess Ēostre, Willian Borges da Silva, 26, has won your Man of the Match award. Afroed and dangerous, this is also Willian's joint-highest ever community player rating, matching the 8.9 he received for his performance in the fall against Roberto Di Matteo and Schalke 04.
Willian had actually won the community vote once before, in his fourth game ever for Chelsea, but that one was mostly driven by the fantastic goal he scored against Norwich City. This one, on the other hand, has the sense of hard work and persistence behind it, not to mention plenty of criticism. But Willian has persevered and continues to be one of the first names on Jose Mourinho's team sheets. In this one he was deployed more centrally (Ramires was on the right wing instead), at least initially. We've seen this a few times before; the no.10 is a pretty good fit for the Lion Tamer.
|2. JOHN TERRY - DC||8.7|
It's a good thing we already signed Terry to the latest, customary one-year extension, otherwise we might be wondering what else he'd need to do to earn that new contract.
Defense aside, JT's always had a knack for scoring important goals. And after another living legend popped up to bring us level, John was John...ny-on-the-spot to shin Gary Cahill's acrobatic header past Kasper Schmeichel and Esteban Cambiasso. It was Terry's 38th career Premier League goal, bringing him level with David Unsworth for most by a defender in Premier League history.
|3. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC||8.0|
Cesc? What's he doing here? Shouldn't he be counting his moneys while resting on his first-half of the season laurels? What is this sorcery?!
Fàbregas was perhaps our only player to come out with any credit from the awful first 45 minutes against Leicester, and he continued to be influential in the second half, pushing further and further forward as Chelsea searched for a winner. He eventually collected his 17th assist of the league season on Ramires's goal. Four games left to match or break Henry's record of 20!
Cech (7.8), Azpilicueta (7.4), Cahill (7.8), Ivanovic (7.8), Matic (7.4), Ramires (7.5), Hazard (7.4), Drogba (7.0)
Zouma (6.8), Mikel (6.2), Cuadrado (6.2)