|1. CESC FÀBREGAS - MC, AMC||8.8|
We'll find out on Saturday and in the weeks ahead just how much Fàbregas's performance may or may not have convinced Conte to re-think a few of his tactical decisions, but as far as putting in the right effort at the right time goes, grabbing the opportunity given by its proverbial horns, it doesn't get too much better than Cesc against Leicester in the EFL Cup.
Then again, Cesc as an impact substitute is a tremendous weapon to have on the bench, too, so I don't think the decision is at straightforward as it might appear. And it's not like Matić, who's started every single game for Conte so far, or Oscar, who's had a good start to the season, are playing badly.
|2. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA - DR||7.7|
Chelsea have had a few profilic goalscorers, as far as defenders go that is, over the years. We don't even have to look too far for two of the greatest in John Terry and Branislav Ivanović. Azpilicueta's goalscoring record will never be confused with theirs. (It might get confused with Mikel's.)
So that wonder-strike for the equalizer on Tuesday, only the fourth goal in his near 200-match Chelsea career, was all the more amazing, flabbergasting, jawdropping. Yes, here it comes again. (Worth remembering that one of the previous three also came in the League Cup, and it was also rather tremendous though in a different way, against Arsenal.)
|3. DIEGO COSTA - FC||7.6|
Costa was perhaps the most crucial and most impactful substitution of the three that Conte made. Not only did come before the 70th minute (earliest of the season at the 67th minute mark), but it entirely transformed the threat posed by the Chelsea front line.
Costa may not have scored — he really should've had at least a couple judging by the quality of chances he got — but Leicester's defense didn't know how to handle him at all. He could've easily had a couple assists, too (including on Batshuayi's shot that drew the save of the game from Rob-Robert Zieler), and he got Wasilewski sent off.
Costa has always been a bit of a streaky player for Chelsea (often thanks to injuries or suspensions disrupting his flow), but he's in fantastic form at the moment. Hopefully that carries over to the weekend and Arsenal.
Begović (5.4), Alonso (6.2), David Luiz (6.8), Cahill (5.6), Azpilicueta (7.7), Pedro (6.2), Matić (6.2), Fàbregas (8.8), Moses (7.4), Batshuayi (6.6), Loftus-Cheek (5.2)
Costa (7.6), Chalobah (6.9), Hazard (7.4)