1. EDEN HAZARD (6.2)
Fouls drawn: 0 — LOL!
Hazard’s on a mission this year in Europe and before he was summarily and literally kicked out of the game (without even a free kick to show for it), he was at some of his most effervescent. Unfortunately, we could not make it count and his influence waned with the knocks and the game situation.
Overall, Hazard was the one bright light in the lowest-rated performance of the Conte era. The previous low was the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal last season (4.22), where, incidentally, the highest rated player also came in at 6.2 (Costa).
To find a lower overall rating than this game, we have to go all the way back to 2012-13 and the 1-0 loss to Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League during the Interim daze. That’s probably a bit harsh.
2. THIBAUT COURTOIS (5.6)
Thibaut made one ridiculous reaction save, which at least gives us a highlight from this one.
3. DANNY DRINKWATER (4.7)
I suspect this one has a heavy dose of “not-Fàbregas” to it, since Drinkwater played just 20 minutes and it’s not like Chelsea looked any better after he came on. But at least he wasn’t Cesc, who had one of his worst games, if not ever, certainly this season. Have you ever seen Fàbregas finish with the lowest passing percentage on the team? Well this time, the only player to have a lower completion percentage than his 77% was Courtois. Obviously that’s just one statistic and it takes at least two to tango, but that’s still a shockingly low number for a player renowned for his passing abilities.
STARTERS: Courtois (5.6), Rüdiger (3.3), David Luiz (3.8), Cahill (3.9), Alonso (4.0), Fàbregas (3.1), Bakayoko (3.5), Azpilicueta (3.9), Hazard (6.2), Morata (3.5), Pedro (4.5)
SUBSTITUTES: Willian (3.7), Drinkwater (4.7), Batshuayi (4.3)