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Asmir Begovic the clear choice for Chelsea Man of the Match against Manchester City

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It's a crunch-off!
It's a crunch-off!
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1. ASMIR BEGOVIĆ - GK 8.0
Minutes played90
Touches35
Distribution15/22
Saves5
It's not often a goalkeeper lets in three goals and still remains the clear and only choice for Man of the Match (as far as the losers are concerned, of course).

Begović made 5 saves — giving him 9 total on the season which is second most in the Premier League; NOT a good stat to be almost leading — none better than the quickfire double from Sergio Aguero when it looked like Manchester City would blow us away.  He did get beaten on the cross where he punched out Cahill instead of the ball, but I'm pretty sure that was his only mistake.


Presumably, Courtois will be back in goal against West Brom, but after a semi-shaky preseason, Begović has already proven that we can rely on him whenever we deem it necessary or appropriate.

2. CESAR AZPILICUETA - DL 6.2
Minutes played90
Touches57
Passes46/55
Tackles3
Clearances6
The best of the rest honor, if we want to call it that, falls to Cesar Azpilicueta, who managed to do a decent job on Jesus Navas, though City were tactically astute enough to concentrate on exploiting the right side of our defense (shocking, I know), so Dave's task was a bit easier than against Andre Ayew the week before.

He even managed to join the attack a few times!

3. KURT ZOUMA - DC 6.0
Minutes played45
Touches21
Passes8/11
Tackles2
Clearances5
Blocks + INTs2
OH MY GOD, HE KILLED JT!

Reports of John Terry's demise are greatly exaggerated.  Probably.

Or are they?  Zouma certainly didn't do anything to harm his chances of more playing time going forward, and while Mourinho did make it seem like it was a toss-up at half time to remove either Cahill or Terry, he chose to remove the captain... sooooo... yeah.  Maybe it's a bit meaningful?  Maybe not.  Who knows what counts as meaningful these days?  What's real?  What's fake?  If the many-universes theory is indeed correct, in which universe did we end up winning this game?  Because I want to go to there.

OTHERS:
Terry (4.8), Cahill (4.8), Ivanović (3.1), Matić (5.7), Fàbregas (4.5), Hazard (5.6), Willian (5.2), Ramires (4.6), Costa (4.9)

SUBS:
Zouma (6.0), Cuadrado (4.4), Falcao (4.6)

OVERALL:

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