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Crystal Palace 2-3 Chelsea, Player Ratings: Pulisic makes it six in a row

Community player ratings from Chelsea’s midweek win

Crystal Palace v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by Peter Cziborra/Pool via Getty Images


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:

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.



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): —


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