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Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle, Player Ratings: David Luiz no-looks his way to the top

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday

Chelsea FC v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

1. DAVID LUIZ (7.8)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 103
Passes: 79*/84
Shots 0/2
Fouls drawn: 3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+2+1
Clearances: 6

David Luiz’s excellent form continues with a second Man of the Match performance of the season in a little over a month. Considering that the gap was two years between the previous two MoM awards, it’s safe to say that 31-year-old Mr. No-look Pass is having a good moment. Now is the time to sign that (one-year) extension!

2. PEDRO (7.7)

Minutes: 80
Touches: 53
Passes: 32/38
Shots: 4*/4
Take-ons: 1/2
Fouls drawn: 2
Tackles+INTs: 3+2

The man at the end of David Luiz’s no-look pass was Pedro, who took a great touch and finished with a dink over Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. It was the composed finish of a player with 99 goals for Barcelona in his career. Pedro now has 7 goals this season (matching his career-low total from last season) and is on course for his standard double-digit contribution.

3. WILLIAN (7.4)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 81
Passes: 47/55
Shots: 2*/3
Take-ons: 3/3
Tackles+INTs+Blocks: 2+1+1

Willian’s made a habit of stepping up his game whenever faced with new competition during his 5.5 years at Stamford Bridge, and perhaps the emergence of Callum Hudson-Odoi will prompt similar improvement from Willian the Brillian as well!

vs. NEWCASTLE (PL, H, W 2-1)


EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —

GOOD (7.0-7.9): David Luiz (7.8), Pedro (7.7), Willian (7.4), Kanté (7.3)

AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Hazard (6.9), Azpilicueta (6.8), Rüdiger (6.7), Arrizabalaga (6.7), Hudson-Odoi (6.2, sub)

POOR (5.0-5.9): Alonso (5.7), Barkley (5.7, sub), Kovačić (5.7), Jorginho (5.7), Giroud (5.6, sub)

BAD (4.0-4.9): —

TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —


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