1. MASON MOUNT (7.9)
Mason Mount, as he himself reflected upon afterwards, was deployed largely in a brand new role in this one, playing a de facto false-9 and orchestrating a lot of Chelsea’s attacking movements. And yet, just as he’s done in just about every role he’s played, he looking very much at home, repaying the faith of his new coach and raising his own stock even higher.
With the plethora of attacking options in the team, we probably won’t see Mount too often in this role, but his versatility and general excellence should keep him a key player under Tuchel, just as he was under Lampard — and now without the added narrative burden of that whole “Lampard’s Son” silliness.
2. MATEO KOVAČIĆ (7.6)
Speaking of general excellence, last year’s Chelsea Player of the Year looks ready to put the disappointing first half of the season behind him and start doing all the things in transition and possession that we love from him.
3. JORGINHO (7.5)
When Tuchel was announced as the new head coach, everyone expected Jorginho’s personal fortunes to improve, and that has certainly been the case. He’s played every single minute of the first three games (only Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, and Mendy can make the same claim), and while we should not lose sight of what Jorginho is and what his limitations are, Tuchel’s possession-base style of match-control certainly fits his skillset to a T.
vs. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (PL, A, W 1-0)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): —
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Mount (7.9), Kovačić (7.6), Jorginho (7.5), Silva (7.5), Azpilicueta (7.2)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Rüdiger (6.9), Hudson-Odoi (6.9), James (6.9), Mendy (6.9), Christensen (6.7, sub), Alonso (6.7), Werner (6.6), Pulisic (6.4, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Kanté (5.8, sub)
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —