1. TIMO WERNER (8.3)
Timo Werner was set for a rest over the weekend, but those plans were foiled by Christian Pulisic’s injury. So by the time this midweek match had arrived, he had been going on eight straight starts. Now, he’s on nine in a row, and eleven of twelve total played by Chelsea. And yet, his levels of performance really haven’t dropped or fluctuated much, and now that he’s been elevated to designated penalty taker, he gets to reap the rewards of his wonderful habit of winning penalties as well. (And there was certainly no doubt about the one he won.) His brace of spot kicks gives him 7 goals on the season, which is pretty good by any standard.
2. REECE JAMES (8.1)
James has started four of our last five and seems to be over his early season wobble, while keeping captain Cesar Azpilicueta consigned to bench duty. It’s not often that Azpi would sit on the bench for back-to-back matches during the last eight seasons, but that’s precisely the situation right now. James capped off his day with a great assist, his second of the season, and has been in such good form for both club and country, that England called him up even though he’s ineligible to play in two the games that actually matter somewhat.
3. THIAGO SILVA (7.8)
Silva may have had a relatively low bar to clear in order to bring some semblance of solidity and leadership to the Chelsea defense, but we’ve kept a clean sheet in six of his seven starts and a couple of those came even before Lampard flipped the switch on his defensive approach and strategy. (See also: Edouard Mendy, who just misses out on the podium.) Given the miles on Silva’s legs and body, his minutes have to be managed more carefully than most, but if he can keep this up, our stopgap strategy for the backline just might bear fruit in the end.
vs. STADE RENNAIS (CL, H, W 3-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Werner (8.3), James (8.1)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Silva (7.8), Mendy (7.8), Abraham (7.7), Zouma (7.3), Kante (7.3), Chilwell (7.2), Mount (7.1), Ziyech (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Jorginho (6.3), Hudson-Odoi (6.1, sub), Kovacic (6.1, sub), Rudiger (6.1, sub), Emerson (5.9, sub), Giroud (5.9,sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —