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Chelsea 3-1 Crystal Palace, Player Ratings: First Man of the Match for Morata in 13 months

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Community Player Ratings from as dispatch Crystal Palace and move into second in the Premier League

Chelsea FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

1. ÁLVARO MORATA (8.6)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 31
Passes: 15/18
Shots: 3**/5
Offsides: 4
Tackles: 3

Morata’s highest rated match of the season, and his first Man of the Match since last September, when he hit his hat-trick against Stoke City. He almost got a hat-trick in this one, too, and probably should’ve, but perhaps more emphasis should be placed on the two goals he got (and some of the good things he did on and off the ball despite at times limited involvement) rather than the one goal he missed at the one that did not matter — and that includes by Morata himself, too.

2. PEDRO (8.0)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 93
Passes: 63*/69
Shots: 1*/3
Take-ons: 5/8
Fouls drawn: 2
Tackles: 4

A really quite excellent overall performance from the little pocket rocket who managed to get back on the score sheet for the first time in two months, too, following a hot preseason and start to the regular season. Hopefully he’s true past his shoulder injury now. He completed the full 90 for just the 3rd time this season and 9th time since the title-winning season.

3. EDEN HAZARD (7.7, sub)

Minutes: 27
Touches: 35
Passes: 24*/29
Shots: 0/0
Take-ons: 1/2
Fouls drawn: 2

Chelsea may have scored 11 goals in the 3.5 games without Eden Hazard, but he didn’t take long to remind us of the impact he can have on proceedings. Welcome back, Eddie!


vs. CRYSTAL PALACE (PL, H, W 3-1)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Morata (8.6), Pedro (8.0)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Hazard (7.7, sub), Kovačić (7.2, sub), Rüdiger (7.1), Alonso (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kanté (6.9), Arrizabalaga (6.9), Jorginho (6.9), Willian (6.6), Azpilicueta (6.5), David Luiz (6.3), Fàbregas (6.3, sub)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Barkley (5.8)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


OVERALL