1. OLIVIER GIROUD (8.1, sub)
As if we needed any more evidence of just how crucial Olivier Giroud has been and still can be to this Chelsea team, he scores a last-minute winning goal that probably only he could’ve scored, generating ridiculous power with his head from a looping ball in broken play — being at the right place at the right time and coming up huge at a most important moment. The team’s celebrations of him and his goal spoke volumes as well.
2. MASON MOUNT (8.0)
Mason Mount should be fatigued after his busy international break and constant involvement with the first-time, but if he is, he certainly didn’t show it in this game — unlike the likes of Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell, who sure could use a breather as well. While there were never too many real doubts about Mount’s qualities, even at such a young age, his deployment in the midfield three rather than in the attacking band has been an absolute revelation.
3. ÉDOUARD MENDY (7.8)
Mendy may not have kept a clean sheet this time, but that was hardly his fault — he made four saves to preserve Chelsea’s lead as long as he could — as Chelsea eventually succumbed to one of Rennes’ impressive number of corners. There’s little doubt about Mendy’s credentials as the first-choice goalkeeper for Chelsea, which is a more than welcome situation after the last 18 months, if not more.
vs. STADE RENNAIS (PL, A, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Giroud (8.1, sub), Mount (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Mendy (7.8), Hudson-Odoi (7.6), Ziyech (7.3, sub), Kanté (7.3, sub), Silva (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Zouma (6.9), Azpilicueta (6.6), Abraham (6.5), Havertz (6.1, sub), Kovačić (6.1), James (6.1, sub), Chilwell (6.0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Jorginho (5.9), Werner (5.4)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —
ALONSO-SO (1.0-2.9): —
(as of Nov 7)
(still unable to update this table at the moment)