|1. EDEN HAZARD||9.0|
Back-to-back man of the match awards for Eden Hazard, who's hitting top form just at the right moment. He's now finished top of the player ratings pile four times in his last eight games, which is just one less than the five such occassion through the first six months of the season (through January).
Hazard was excellent out of possession in this game as well, making several tackles, interceptions and ball recoveries to add to the palpable danger he posed every time he touched the ball.
If we were giving out awards for a comeback player of the year, Pedro would surely be one of the front-runners.
Not only has he shown the sort of abilities this season that had made him one of the key parts of all those excellent Barcelona teams of the last decade, but he's proven indispensable thanks to his ability to play at either inside forward or wing-back as needed, and on both flanks even!
|3. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA||7.7|
If Hazard's the player of the year — will depend on whether he or Kanté finishes that season stronger — and Pedro's the comeback player of the year, Azpilicueta is surely the unsung hero.
He's the only player to have played in every match so far this season, having been able to contribute at no less than four positions. Azpilicueta arrived as a right back 4.5 years ago, but has since proven himself indispensable at left back and now center back instead. His teammates tend to him pick him out as the most dedicated and the most competitive player in the squad. He's a fan favorite. He loves London. But we'll just call him Dave.
Courtois (6.6), Cahill (7.7), David Luiz (7.2), Zouma (6.7), Alonso (7.1), Fàbregas (7.2), Kanté (7.0), Azpilicueta (7.7), Hazard (9.0), Costa (5.8), Pedro (7.8)
Matić (6.8), Willian (6.4), Loftus-Cheek (6.2)