1. KEPA ARRIZABALAGA (7.9)
Kepa didn’t have much to do, but when he did, he did so crucially and flawlessly to preserve the win. Smuggling the ball off Victor Osimhen’s toes after the Lille striker robbed the otherwise excellent Fikayo Tomori for an easy 1-v-1 chance was practically a magic trick. The first-half save on Araújo, and a couple solid pieces of ball-skills shouldn’t pass without mention either. Kepa continues to be a good-to-excellent presence between the posts, and seeing the struggles of his predecessor at his current station, that’s an especially nice benefit to have.
2. WILLIAN (7.8)
Speaking of predecessors struggling, Chelsea’s new No.10 has started the season in good form, especially since completing his recovery from the hamstring injury he suffered over the summer while on duty with Brazil. That’s 2 goals in 2 games for the 6-year Chelsea veteran, who also became the latest (37th) member of Chelsea’s 300-appearance club.
3. TAMMY ABRAHAM (7.8)
Aerial duels won: 2
Finishing barely one one-hundredths of a point behind Willian, the first Champions League goal of Tammy’s career got Chelsea going on our way to a fourth consecutive away win, and third successive win overall, in all competitions. It’s still early doors, but Chelsea’s new No.9 appears to be the real deal indeed.
vs. LILLE (CL, A, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Arrizabalaga (7.9), Willian (7.8), Abraham (7.8), Tomori (7.5), Hudson-Odoi (7.4, sub), Jorginho (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kanté (6.9), Azpilicueta (6.8), Zouma (6.7), Alonso (6.5), Mount (6.5), James (6.4), Kovačić (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Pedro (5.8, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —