1. OLIVIER GIROUD (9.6)
Olly G, the O.G., carrying Chelsea in Europa like the Torres of old. That’s probably an unfair comparison, to both. Giroud’s hat-trick was the third Chelsea hat-trick this season, which is twice the normal average, but what really stood out from it was just how easy and normal all the goals were. Giroud’s famous for his acrobatic and ridiculous finishes, but these were some of the best simple goals. Served on a platter from a Loftus-Cheek flick, a tremendous Alonso cross, and another good ball from Willian to a completely unmarked Giroud. He may never have an easier header. That’s not meant to take away from the goals — rather, it’s a tribute to his in the box movement, his presence, and his finishing ability which had lied dormant for much of the past 6-9 months.
2. RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (8.4)
Fouls drawn: 1
RLC’s time in the Academy was defined by his ability to dominate like few others of his age, both in terms of technical and physical skills, and his habit of picking up annoying injuries. It’s been mostly the latter that has followed him in his senior career, but since the loan to Crystal Palace last season, the former has started to emerge as well. Now we’re starting to see that old Academy RLC emerge on the senior stage with consistency as well.
3. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (8.3)
Fouls drawn: 3
Another game, another goal. Sign him up / Please stay!
vs. DYNAMO KIEV (EL, A, W 5-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Giroud (9.6)
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Loftus-Cheek (8.4), Hudson-Odoi (8.3)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Alonso (7.9), Willian (7.7), Kanté (7.5), Kovačić (7.4), Christensen (7.4), Rüdiger (7.2), Arrizabalaga (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Zappacosta (6.6), Jorginho (6.6, sub), Azpilicueta (6.3, sub), Pedro (6.3, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —