1. WILLIAN (7.7)
On a night when Chelsea struggled mightily with finishing, again, Willian was the only one able to find the breakthrough. It was his second goal in two games; he’s now scored Chelsea’s last two goals in all competitions. He also continues to play well in European competitions — as we may recall, he was within a few inches of potentially beating Barcelona last spring, hitting a brace of crossbars in the Round of 16 matchup. With Pedro surely set to miss a few games after picking up a shoulder injury, Willian should see a bit more consistent playing going forward, too.
2. ANTONIO RÜDIGER (7.3)
Aerial duels: 5
There’s little doubt of Antonio Rüdiger’s spot at the very top of the center back pecking order at Chelsea these days. He finished with a match-leading 113 touches (Christensen also had over 100), showing comfort on the ball not necessarily associated with him at this time last season.
3. ROSS BARKLEY (7.2)
Excellent overall performance (and the assist on Willian’s goal) from pre-season star Ross Barkley, who should continue to provide a solid rotational option for Mateo Kovačić. Barkley’s early season play is making his cut-rate January transfer look better and better with each passing minute.
vs. PAOK (EL, A, W 1-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Willian (7.7), Rüdiger (7.3), Barkley (7.2), Kanté (7.2), Christensen (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Jorginho (6.9), Alonso (6.8), Arrizabalaga (6.7), Pedro (6.7), Giroud (6.6, sub), Azpilicueta (6.5, sub), Fàbregas (6.4, sub), Zappacosta (6.1)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Morata (5.2)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —