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AFC Bournemouth vs. Chelsea, Player Ratings: Best game of Cesc Fàbregas's Chelsea career

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1. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC 9.6
Minutes played90
Touches103
Passes79***/97
Shots0/2
Tackles6
Other than the tongue-in-cheek perfect 10 he received for pinging Chris Brunt in the head (and the subsequent red card), this is Fàbregas's highest rated Chelsea match ever.  That he followed up one of his lowest rated efforts of the season with this magnificent display of passing prowess just further speaks to the weird inconsistencies of this season.

Cesc's other 9+ games include his debut against Burnley (with THAT pass for André Schürrle's goal), and the 5-0 away wins against Schalke 04 and Swansea City later that season.

This fàbulous 9.6 rating is also the highest anyone has collected this season, just above Free Kick Master Willian's 9.5 against Dynamo Kiev and Oscar's 9.5 against MK Dons in the FA Cup.

2. EDEN HAZARD - AML 8.4
Minutes played90
Touches71
Passes42/53
Shots2**/3
Take-ons5/8
Tackles2
Block+INT+RECs11
Guess who's back?  Back again?  Eden's back!  Certainly from injury — he looked pain free and completed the full 90 despite pre-match aims to only give him a limited run-out (and it's not like we were out of subs, right, Guus?) — and maybe from his season-long malaise as well.

There are only a few games left this season, so hopefully Hazard continues to work hard to rediscover his abilities, has himself a good Euro 2016, and comes back ready to take on the world and prove his doubters wrong once again under Conte's guidance.

3. PEDRO - AMR 7.7
Minutes played90
Touches70
Passes45/53
Shots1*/4
Take-ons6/9
Tackles3
Block+INT+RECs10
Pedro has blown hot and cold over the past few months, trading effective, goal-strong efforts for anonymous, bafflingly devoid of skill ones.  (Isn't he of Barcelona, or some such?)  Still, that's better than blowing consistently cold, which is mostly what he had been doing done since his debut goal against West Brom.

Pedro has 5 goals in his last 11 starts, including 3 in his last 4.  His signing in the summer, gazumping Manchester United in the process, was considered a coup and perhaps even a bargain.  While that notion was quickly disproved, if he keeps this form up next season, we might just have a great, direct, change-of-pace option on the wing to call upon when needed.

STARTERS:
Begović (6.5), Baba (6.6), Ivanović (6.2), Mikel (5.6), Azpilicueta (6.5), Matić (6.9), Fàbregas (9.6), Hazard (8.4), Willian (7.5), Pedro (7.7), Costa (6.5)

SUBS:
Loftus-Cheek (6.3)

OVERALL:

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