1. OLIVIER GIROUD (8.3)
Aerial duels won: 7
Giroud started a game for the first time in ages, and got his first Man of the Match in nearly a year, since a hat-trick against Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League last March. (Lest we forget Giroud scored in double digits in European competitions last season!) Chelsea’s gameplan in this one called for better involvement from the center forward than in many recent games, and Giroud certainly showed his qualities in that regard, playing the target man role with his usual aplomb. It’s hard to see Batshuayi getting much playing time after this one, surely.
2. MASON MOUNT (8.1)
Fouls drawn: 3
After the game, Frank Lampard talked about his hopes that Mount’s performance will be properly recognized despite no goals or assists. And while the statistics we do have available are unimpressive — WhoScored’s silly algorithm rates him at just 6.28, the second worst starter after Rüdiger, for example — the eye test in this case is the one we should be trusting. It’s Mount’s second highest rating of the season after an 8.3 against Norwich way back in August, when he and Tammy were both firing on all cylinders.
3. MARCOS ALONSO (8.0)
Alonso and wing-back go together like milk and cookies, biscuits and tea, VAR and incompetence, shake and bake, cocaine and waffles. Okay, maybe not that last one. Mmmmm...waffles!
vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (PL, H, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Giroud (8.3), Mount (8.1), Alonso (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Kovačić (7.7), Christensen (7.6), Azpilicueta (7.4), Barkley (7.4), James (7.4), Jorginho (7.3)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Caballero (6.9), Rüdiger (6.6), Abraham (6.1, sub), Willian (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —