It's not often you can look back on a game and point to one specific instance where it was all decided — or maybe it is? — but on Sunday at Goodison, the turning point was as obvious as it was unexpected.
Then again, Pedro's done this before this season — and not just in terms of scoring important goals, but scoring exactly the same important goal, just with his right foot instead of his left, at home instead of away. His equalizing goal against Spurs on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge essentially won that game for Chelsea and his goal against the Toffees 20 minutes into the second-half won this game for Chelsea as well.
He didn't really do much else super positive in the match, but this one goal, this one shining moment was more than enough, as it turned out.
|2. GARY CAHILL||8.3|
Stand-in captain, also leader, future legend?
Gary Cahill scored yet another crucial goal, as good captains tend to do on big occasions — on a sidenote, one of the reasons that 4-1 win over Napoli felt so exponentially monumental was because the four Chelsea goals were scored by: Drogba, Terry, Lampard, and Ivanović. That's four players who always gave it their all, four captains, four leaders, four legends.
Will Cahill ever rise so high as to be mentioned among those guys? A few more years of winning and goals and trophies, and he just might. EBGC has won everything there is to win already and the youngins are coming for his job this summer, but we probably shouldn't bet against him just yet.
|3. CESC FABREGAS||8.0|
The best 12th man in football does it again, putting on a show for the few minutes available to him at the end to send us all home extra happy and even give Willian something to smile about.
Courtois (7.5), Cahill (8.3), David Luiz (7.6), Azpilicueta (7.7), Alonso (7.0), Matić (7.2), Kanté (7.4), Moses (7.1), Hazard (7.3), Costa (6.9), Pedro (8.7)
Fàbregas (8.0), Aké (7.2), Willian (7.9)