1. EDEN HAZARD (9.9)
Fouls drawn: 3
There was no doubt that Hazard would win Man of the Match in this one, the only question was just how high he would go in the rating. As it turns out, he’s gone higher than anyone has ever before in the seven-year history of these player ratings (outside of perfect-10 tributes to legends or joke ratings like when Fàbregas tried to head-shot the referee). Unsurprisingly, Hazard, who also notched a 9.7 earlier this season, beat his own previous record of 9.8 (in the 5-0 against Everton under Conte).
2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (7.8)
Kanté’s getting better and better at his Sarri-ball role and has become the model of consistency once again — even though in this one he started off a bit rough with misplaced passes and a couple early fouls (no bookings of course because he’s adorable). It should be noted that despite all the consternation about Kanté’s role this season, he’s featured in the top three more than any other player, even Hazard. In Chelsea’s 53 rated matches (including the Community Shield), Kanté has been in the top three 26 times. Eden, who missed the first few games, is close behind on 24, while Kepa (who was hilariously called a “flop” by some tabloid the other day) is third with 16.
3. RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (7.8)
Ruben started back-to-back games for the first time all season, and he almost scored for the third game running. If he doesn’t get hauled off as a precaution on 70 minutes, he probably would’ve gone on to make it a truly dominant performance for himself as well.
vs. WEST HAM UNITED (PL, H, W 2-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Hazard (9.9)
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Kanté (7.8), Loftus-Cheek (7.8), Arrizabalaga (7.3), Barkley (7.3, sub), Hudson-Odoi (7.3), Rüdiger (7.3), Azpilicueta (7.2), Jorginho (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): David Luiz (6.7), Giroud (6.7, sub), Emerson (6.5), Pedro (6.3, sub), Higuaín (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —