1. WILLIAN (9.6)
Fouls drawn: 1
From Chelsea’s worst (lowest rated) game of the season, we swing all the way to Chelsea’s best (highest rated), with Gorgeous Willian Borges (h/t @morriskid) leading the way in what is quite likely his best (highest rated) Chelsea match ever. He’s had a couple 9.5s (vs. Dynamo Kiev in 2015-16, vs. Hull City in 2017-18), but I’m pretty sure this is the highest ever. I really should maintain a better database after 6+ years of these things.
Incidentally, Willian had never scored against Tottenham in the league, and had only scored in 1 of 17 games against the team that bought his flight. That one game was the FA Cup semifinal in 2016-17, and he scored a brace then as well.
2. MASON MOUNT (8.2)
Fouls drawn: 2
After a series of, at best, middling performances — three of his last four stars were rated under 5 — Mount was probably also at the very best we’ve ever seen from him, though obviously it’s only been a half a season. This should shut up the critics for a while.
3. ANTONIO RÜDIGER (8.1)
Aerial duels won: 2
Neither Rüdiger, nor Zouma, nor Tomori had to do anything too spectacular to keep an all-too rare clean sheet, and that’s perhaps the best indicator of just how well they worked as a three-man unit and how perfect the 3-4-3 was for the occasion. This may not work as well in every situation (as we saw earlier this season already after the Wolves game), but it’s certainly a nice option to have in our tactical locker.
So, what’s next on the Chelsea rollercoaster?
vs. SPURS (PL, A, W 2-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Willian (9.6)
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Mount (8.2), Rüdiger (8.1), Kanté (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Kovačić (7.8), Tomori (7.7), Zouma (7.7), Alonso (7.6), Azpilicueta (7.6), Abraham (7.5), Arrizabalaga (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Jorginho (6.8, sub), James (6.5, sub), Batshuayi (6.4, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —