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Chelsea 2-2 Burnley, Player Ratings: One half of Kanté better than two halves of everyone else

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Community player ratings from Chelsea’s disappointing 2-2 draw against Burnley at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC v Burnley FC - Premier League Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

1. N’GOLO KANTÉ (7.1)

Minutes: 45
Touches: 35
Passes: 23/26
Shots: 1*/2
Tackles+Blocks: 1+2

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)

Minutes: 90
Touches: 100
Passes: 61*/65
Shots: 1/2
Take-ons: 4/6
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)

Minutes: 75
Touches: 25
Passes: 8/12
Shots: 3*/5
Take-ons: 1/2

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): —


OVERALL