1. EDOUARD MENDY (8.3)
One of the statistics making its way around the interwebs after this game was that Mendy’s become the first Chelsea goalkeeper since Thibaut Courtois six years ago to keep a clean sheet in four (4!) consecutive games in all competitions. Mourinho’s Chelsea would go on to win the league in 2014-15 in large part thanks to Courtois and the defense in front of him, and while this Chelsea edition is not quite to that level yet, we are perhaps starting to build it properly now.
2. HAKIM ZIYECH (8.0)
Speaking of building things, that 2014-15 team had a Magic Hat, now we’ve got a Wizard. No hat, at least not yet. Ziyech made his long-awaited full debut after three substitute appearances in the previous three games, and he even managed to get on the scoresheet with a clever finish.
3. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (7.8, sub)
Pulisic also got his first of the season, and that’s probably no coincidence since he looked like his old self for the first time all season as well. Hopefully that means he’s now truly over his hamstring injury from the summer.
The real question now for Lampard is, how (in what combinations and rotations) do we fit in all this talent and keep the good times going at either end of the pitch?
vs. FC KRASNODAR (CL, A, W 4-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Mendy (8.3), Ziyech (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Pulisic (7.8, sub), Werner (7.6)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Havertz (6.9), Zouma (6.9), Abraham (6.9), Chilwell (6.9), Hudson-Odoi (6.9), Azpilicueta (6.9), Rudiger (6.8), Kante (6.7, sub), Mount (6.5, sub), Kovacic (6.1), Emerson (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Jorginho (5.5)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —