1. MASON MOUNT (7.7)
For the third time in our last five games, and the third time in four appearances for him, Mason Mount is the Man of the Match, and the voting was not really close at all.
The only concern with Mason right now is fatigue. When he plays well, we tend to play well and win. When he doesn’t play well, our results are not as good. This trend has remained largely intact from Lampard to Tuchel, and is something that we should nurture to our advantage.
That said, given the games coming up, I’m not sure where Mount can be afforded a rest.
2. N’GOLO KANTÉ (6.7)
It’s a similar story for Kanté, who was back to some of his ball-dominant best in this one, practically ruling the midfield just by himself for large stretches. His influence faded a bit as the game went on, but considering that it was just his second start in our last eleven matches, a bit of a drop is not unexpected.
Hopefully Kanté’s able to stay fit now and, at the same time, hopefully we don’t overplay him, like last time: he had made appearances in 22 consecutive matches before suffering this latest injury.
3. MATEO KOVAČIĆ (5.9)
In theory, the Kovačić-Kanté partnership has everything we need from a midfield pivot, with or without the ball. This wasn’t a great game for Kova — it wasn’t a great game for anyone, really — but he’s been revitalized in Tuchel’s 3-4-3, and we’ll need him to keep producing to those standards in the games coming up.
vs. SOUTHAMPTON (PL, A, D 1-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Mount (7.7)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Kanté (6.7)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Kovačić (5.9), Mendy (5.9), Rüdiger (5.8), James (5.7), Azpilicueta (5.5), Werner (5.5), Hudson-Odoi (5.3, sub), Alonso (5.3), Jorginho (5.0, sub), Zouma (5.0)
BAD (4.0-4.9): Abraham (4.5), Ziyech (4.4, sub)
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —