1. CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (8.4)
In what was Chelsea’s highest rated performance since the 3-1 win over Leeds United, it was young Callum Hudson-Odoi who once again led the way, just as he has done in four of his last seven appearances.
Dyche to Brady after that last Hudson-Odoi overlap: “Robbie!!! Tune in!!!l”— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 31, 2021
Brady: “I know where he f**king is, I just can’t stop him. What do you want me to do?” #CFC
At the risk of speaking too soon, it would appear that Age of The CHOsen One is now fully back in effect, nearly two years after his unfortunate Achilles tendon tear. That he’s doing it as a wing-back under Tuchel is perhaps the only surprising part of this development. He’s been our best player in each of Tuchel’s first two games, and one would imagine he remains a key and trusted part even if we switch away from a wing-back system.
2. CESAR AZPILICUETA (7.9)
Much of the focus was on Marcos Alonso, freshly thawed from Lampard’s doghouse, but Tuchel’s initial system is also proving a great boon for the club captain, who’s put in his highest rated appearance of the season not coincidentally in a role that fit him so perfectly a few years ago, under Conte. A bit older and a bit wiser, Azpi’s thriving in the back three. He’s versatile and good enough for just about any defensive role, but this is his best position and it’s showing once again.
3. MASON MOUNT (7.7)
Chelsea’s attack flowed through Mount and Hudson-Odoi, who took advantage of the solid base (and possession) provided by the back central five (defense and midfield) to prod and pick apart Burnley’s normally stout defense. The visitors simply had no answer to Hudson-Odoi (literally, as the above-mentioned Robbie Brady shouted back at his coach) while the only thing that prevented Mount from having a bigger impact was his rather wayward shooting. Dial that in, and we’re golden.
Mount didn’t start Tuchel’s first match, but was impactful off the bench. He started this one as Tuchel rotated his attackers, giving equal chances. Presumably, Mount did his chances of continuing to play key minutes under the new boss no harm.
vs. BURNLEY (PL, H, W 2-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Hudson-Odoi (8.4)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Azpilicueta (7.9), Mount (7.7), Silva (7.7), Alonso (7.6), Kovacic (7.3)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Jorginho (6.8), Pulisic (6.8, sub), Rudiger (6.6), James (6.6, sub), Mendy (6.4), Havertz (6.2, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Werner (5.9), Abraham (5.2)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —