1. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (8.3)
Arrizabalaga’s highest rated game in a Chelsea shirt yet. It should’ve of course never come to that given the level of opposition (at least on paper), but Chelsea eventually ground out the result. Kepa’s keeping played a big part, especially the save at the end from Kovács, with Moses completing the clearance. Kepa’s had to make at least one stellar save in each of his last three matches, winning the Man of the Match award twice. If Chelsea could convert chances better, we wouldn’t need them, but it’s nice to know that the kid’s got it.
Kepa really showing his worth. Class goalkeeper. pic.twitter.com/RGBflF66XB— ᴱᴰᴱᴺ (@FutbolEden) October 4, 2018
2. EDEN HAZARD (7.1, sub)
Fouls drawn: 1
Eden Hazard, supersub. As with Arrizabalaga, ideally it should’ve never come to this, but Hazard was needed, especially with no Hudson-Odoi on the bench to try to change things up a bit. Hazard didn’t create anything for himself in this one, which isn’t great, but he remains head and shoulders above the rest of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders.
3. RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.1)
Fouls drawn: 3
At last, a start for Ruben, and a decent show, which could’ve gotten its proper reward if the referee hadn’t swallowed his whistle on a couple occasions. While RLC has nothing tangible to show for his efforts on the scoreboard, Vidi had no idea how to handle his size and drive. If he can do that consistently (and is given the opportunities to do so), he just might live up to the incessant hype.
vs. VIDI FC (EL, H, W 1-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Arrizabalaga (8.3)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Hazard (7.1, sub), Loftus-Cheek (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Emerson (6.9), Kovačić (6.8), Fàbregas (6.7), Morata (6.7), Barkley (6.7, sub), Cahill (6.4), Pedro (6.4), Christensen (6.3), Willian (6.2)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Moses (5.6, sub), Zappacosta (5.4)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —