1. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (8.4)
Pulisic extends his own record of consecutive Man of the Match awards, reaching six in a row and making him the undisputed attacking star of Project Restart. May this form carry on for the rest of the season and beyond!
It’s worth noting that the 21-year-old has now doubled his previous career-high tally for league goals (8 vs. 4) and compares favorable in several statistics to a certain Eden Hazard, with whom he’s drawing plenty of premature comparisons.
These numbers are from before this game, but the gist of it is the same:
Pulisic - Hazard comparisons are all over twitter and it is easy to see why. Two elite young attackers, two great debut seasons in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/7HImKkExKX— ExpectedChelsea (@ExpectedChelsea) July 6, 2020
2. WILLIAN (8.0)
If this were American sports, we’d contend that Willian’s “playing for a new contract”, and that he’s absolutely killing. Sign him up!
With the two assists in this one, the 31-year-old is now just one shy of reaching double digits in assists in all competitions for the third season running.
3. KURT ZOUMA (7.8)
Zouma obviously gets a ton of credit for his jaw-drapping sliding tackle at the death, and rightly so, but one could argue that if Chelsea had just played better defense — including Zouma — we would’ve not needed such last-minute heroics.
And speaking of last-minute heroics, this seems like a good place to drop this great angle of Kepa’s save just prior of Zouma’s tackle. This was hard to see in real time, which probably affected his ratings.
vs. CRYSTAL PALACE (PL, A, W 3-2)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Pulisic (8.4), Willian (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Zouma (7.8), Giroud (7.4), Mount (7.1), Jorginho (7.0, sub)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Abraham (6.9, sub), Loftus-Cheek (6.8, sub), Azpilicueta (6.5), Barkley (6.3), Gilmour (6.1)
POOR (5.0-5.9): James (5.9), Arrizabalaga (5.3), Christensen (5.3)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —