1. EDEN HAZARD (8.7)
Eden Hazard keeps dominating the Man of the Match charts. This is now his 16th of the season, well past the previous record of 13 (Hazard himself in 2014-15), and there are still almost a dozen matches left! Usually at this point we ruminate a bit about Hazard FC and how overly reliant we’re on him, but in this one, he certainly had an excellent supporting cast, even if he just pipped them to the top spot of the podium.
2. RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (8.6)
Loftus-Cheek was Man of the Match over the weekend, beating out Hazard. This time the finish is flipped, and so is the post-match feeling. Turns out starting your best players can be useful! Two goals in just as many match for Ruben then, as he’s now just 2 shy of reaching double-digits in goals for the first time in his career (in all competitions) — in fact, it would equal the total (total!) number of goals he had scored in over five years of youth and reserves football!
3. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (8.5)
Take-ons: 1/2 (¯\_(ツ)_/¯)
First Premier League start, the first of many to state the obvious hope, confirming what everyone knew and expected from the 18-year-old. Even had time for this hilarious airshot, which reminded (conceptually at least) of Hazard’s hilarious backheel fail against Manchester City in the 2012 Community Shield, his first (semi-)official start for Chelsea.
Happens to the best of them!
vs. BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (PL, H, W 3-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Hazard (8.7), Loftus-Cheek (8.6), Hudson-Odoi (8.5)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Giroud (7.9), Jorginho (7.6), Christensen (7.4), Kanté (7.4), Emerson (7.2), Azpilicueta (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Arrizabalaga (6.9), David Luiz (6.9), Zappacosta (6.1, sub), Kovačić (6.0, sub), Willian (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —