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Chelsea vs. Everton, Player Ratings: Costa rolls to the top of the pile, assisted by Fàbregas

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1. DIEGO COSTA - FC 8.0
Minutes played80
Touches42
Passes19*/26
Shots1*/3
Take-ons2/5
Tackles5
Five goals in five games for Diego Costa.  Plus an assist today.  And his second Man of the Match award in that span and for the season.

Since the sacking of Mourinho, the only game in which Chelsea were held scoreless was the one for which Diego was suspended.  In the six others, Chelsea have averaged 2.5 goals.

Something good is happening in that regard and much of that is down to our (joint-)leading goalscorer.

2. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC, AMC 7.9
Minutes played90
Touches97
Passes69*/85
Shots2*/3
Tackles6
The other key component of Chelsea's offensive revival has been the suddenly resurgent form of Cesc Fàbregas.

The man who spent almost all of 2015 calendar year in hibernation has finally emerged from his shell, found his magic hat, and is once again pinging passes with ease around, under, and over defenses.

Of course it takes two to tango when it comes to such passes, which is why Costa's resurgence goes hand-in-hand with Cesc's and Cesc's resurgence goes hand-in-hand with Costa's.  Those two combined for two goals and two assists in this one.

3. JOHN TERRY - DC 7.2
Minutes played90
Touches57
Passes38/43
Shots1*/1
Block+INT+RECs14
And then there is old brave warrior John Terry who still managed to accomplish something new after 694 matches played for Chelsea, and dive (sort of) into the Matthew Harding stand to celebrate with the fans.  The good fortune of not called offside made up for the misfortune of scoring an own goal off his own standing leg earlier.

It's just too bad we were celebrating a 3-3 draw that keeps us somewhat well clear of the relegation zone and not a key victory in the 2015-16 title race.

STARTERS:
Courtois (6.6), Azpilicueta (6.8), Terry (7.2), Zouma (7.1), Ivanović (5.1), Matić (4.4), Mikel (6.0), Pedro (4.8), Fàbregas (7.9), Willian (7.0), Costa (8.0)

SUBS:
Oscar (6.4), Kenedy (6.8), Rémy (5.7)

OVERALL:

2015-16 player ratings everton H