1. N’GOLO KANTÉ (7.1)
Much has been said and written about Kanté’s new role under Sarri, but if we’re looking for a game where we can most easily see what he brings to the table in his more attacking, press-keying, box-to-box role, it’s this one. Sure, Burnley adjusted after half-time as well — nothing happens in a vacuum on a football pitch — but losing Kanté’s dynamism, both with and without the ball, was a major reason why Chelsea failed to break down the visitors in the second half.
On a side note, Kanté has set a new personal best with 5 goals on the season (4 in the league). The only midfielder with more is Ruben Loftus-Cheek, which is a pretty sad indictment of the direct goal contributions of Barkley, Kovačić, and Jorginho.
2. EDEN HAZARD (6.9)
Fouls drawn: 1
The fact that only one foul was called for Eden in this game is even more hilarious than that time he sent Lowton for a hot dog to set up Kanté’s goal.
3. GONZALO HIGUAÍN (6.5)
Alright, so Pipita can not only do it against the bottom-two, but the bottom ... SIX sides in the Premier League. Winning! Except when not.
Sweet strike though.
vs. BURNLEY (PL, H, D 2-2)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Kanté (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Hazard (6.9), Higuaín (6.5), Loftus-Cheek (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Emerson (5.5), Arrizabalaga (5.4), Azpilicueta (5.4), Hudson-Odoi (5.3), Giroud (5.1, sub), Jorginho (5.0), David Luiz (5.0), Pedro (5.0, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Christensen (4.8), Kovačić (4.7, sub)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —