|1. N'GOLO KANTÉ||8.6|
N'Golo Kanté showed a side of his game we hadn't seen, well, since he played for the team vanquished on this night, Leicester City.
Antonio Conte's new tactical setup, what we've come to call the 3-4-3, has cast off the Makélélé-role shackles and freed the spiritual successor to the legendary midfielder at Chelsea to be a much more influential player at the attacking end of the pitch as well. Case in point, the counter-attack that he led, which resulted in a quality chance for Victor Moses. Or the Lampard-esque run into the box when his shot his Wes Morgan instead of the gaping net. Or the Fàbregas-esque triple-digit touches on the ball. Or ... etc.
With both Kanté and Matić able to contribute at both ends of the pitch — Matić, it should be noted, has 5 assists in all competitions, per Transfermarkt, to lead the team — the Chelsea midfield is showing the flexibility it has lacked in recent seasons with different personnel.
|2. DIEGO COSTA||8.5|
Unlike these player ratings, Diego Costa didn't make us wait too long to open the scoring on Saturday, finding himself on the end of a Nemanja Matić near post flick from Eden Hazard's corner. It was pretty poor marking from the previously excellent West Morgan (previously = last season), and it wasn't the cleanest finish from Costa, but they all count the same.
Costa, surprisingly, stayed on for the full match, but managed to avoid a yellow card, which means he will be available for the big weekend match against Manchester United and Jose Mourinho and his new friends.
|3. VICTOR MOSES||8.5|
Victor Moses has gone from strength-to-strength so far in his two appearances as our newfangled right wing-back, producing his highest-ever rated performance in our player ratings. His previous highs were matching 8.1s from the 2012-13 season.
Now back from being lost for three years in the loan wilderness, Moses has suddenly become a key part of the side, bringing hope to countless other Chelsea loanees around the world that it, too, can happen to them.
Courtois (7.0), Cahill (6.9), David Luiz (7.8), Azpilicueta (7.5), Alonso (7.7), Kanté (8.6), Matić (7.6), Moses (8.5), Hazard (8.3), Costa (8.5), Pedro (7.2)
Chalobah (7.9), Loftus-Cheek (6.3), Aina (6.4)