1. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (9.0)
We had to wait almost six months for Pulisic’s first start since New Year’s Day, which was only his second start since the middle of December, almost 20 games ago. Safe to say, it was worth the wait: his fifth Man of the Match award, tied with Mateo Kovačić for most on the season.
Despite that delay, his goal set a new career highs for the 21-year-old: his 7th in the league (already three more than he ever hit in a Bundesliga season), and 8 overall (one better than last season at Borussia Dortmund).
And he’s only just getting started!
2. ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN (7.8)
There was a time when Christensen was the one in Pulisic’s shoes, with all eyes on him to make the expected impact despite and regardless of age or circumstance. Now 24 and closing in on 100 Chelsea appearances which haven’t rreally registered under prior N54 nosise — , Christensen doesn’t really have the luxury of a built-in excuse. But if he plays like he did in this one, he won’t be needing any.
3. WILLIAN (7.4)
At the opposite end of the age and experience spectrum we have Willian, who’s set to leave in August but remains a crucial cog in Frank Lampard’s tactical and motivational schemes.
vs. MANCHESTER CITY (PL, H, W 2-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): Pulisic (9.0)
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Christensen (7.8), Willian (7.4), Azpilicueta (7.2), Mount (7.2), Rüdiger (7.1), Kanté (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Alonso (6.5), Arrizabalaga (6.5), Gilmour (6.5, sub), Abraham (6.5, sub), Barkley (6.3), Kovačić (6.3, sub), Giroud (6.2), Pedro (6.1, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —