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Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City, Player Ratings: Hazard continues to hog ALL the Man of the Match awards


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1. EDEN HAZARD (9.7)

Minutes: 83
Touches: 97
Passes: 66/74
Shots: 3***/4
Take-ons: 4/6
Fouls drawn: 3

Four Man of the Match awards in a row for Eden Hazard. Safe to say, he’s playing pretty well. The hat-trick may have been completed from the spot (after shooting down Jorginho’s brief delusions of grandeur), but that shouldn’t take away from the overall excellence, especially in the first half. The 9.7 is, in fact, one of the highest ever in the Community Player Ratings’ five-year history. (Hazard’s 9.8 from the 5-0 win over Everton is probably still the highest ever, but I didn’t look too hard.)


Minutes: 90
Touches: 57
Passes: 36**/45
Shots: 0/3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+1+2
Clearances: 3

It’s not a surprise that one of Hazard’s best ever ratings is accompanied by a strong performance from a center forward. Be that Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba, Diego Costa, or Olivier Giroud, when there’s someone else who can help Eden shoulder the load, to help occupy defences, he becomes even more fantastic. It’s a team game, after all, and there are few team players better than Olivier Giroud.

3. WILLIAN (7.7)

Minutes: 23
Touches: 31
Passes: 22/25
Shots: 1*/1

Willian came on and scored a rather magnificent goal, and that alone is worth a place on the podium.

vs. CARDIFF CITY (PL, H, W 4-1)

EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Hazard (9.7)

EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Giroud (8.5)

GOOD (7.0-7.9): Willian (7.7, sub), Kanté (7.5), Pedro (7.3), Rüdiger (7.2), Azpilicueta (7.1), Alonso (7.0)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kovačić (6.9), Jorginho (6.9), Barkley (6.7, sub), Arrizabalaga (6.6), David Luiz (6.2), Zappacosta (6.2, sub)

POOR (5.0-5.9): —

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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