1. CHRISTIAN PULISIC (8.7)
Tinkerman Tuchel conjured up this new front-three combination for this match — the only other time Pulisic, Havertz, and Mount started together under the new head coach was against Leeds United, but Pulisic played wing-back in that one, at least in theory — and it certainly worked a treat.
For Pulisic, this was his fourth start in the last six games under Tuchel, so it looks like he might have finally convinced his old coach of his new qualities at long last. And it’s easily Pulisic’s best game of the season. Perhaps just like last season, when he put the team on his back during Project Restart, he’s saving his best for last.
2. KAI HAVERTZ (8.4)
Speaking of saving his best for last, Kai Havertz had arguably his best game for Chelsea as well, even with him missing a hatful of chances alongside the one stellar finish. It’s unclear if we can shoehorn him into a standard forward role — not a false-nine, not a true-nine, maybe not even a nine — but Palace had no answer to this dynamic front three. That may not be the case with more mobile, younger, aggressive defenders, but that’s where Tuchel gets to tinker some more one would assume.
3. MASON MOUNT (8.1)
Chelsea’s Player of the Year-elect continues to put in strong performance after strong performance. He is our constant regardless of whether this is or isn’t Penny’s Boat.
vs. CRYSTAL PALACE (PL, A, W 4-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Pulisic (8.7), Havertz (8.4), Mount (8.1)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Zouma (7.7), Kovačić (7.4), Azpilicueta (7.2), Rüdiger (7.1), Jorginho (7.1), Chilwell (7.0)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Hudson-Odoi (6.9), James (6.9, sub), Mendy (6.6), Kanté (6.4, sub), Ziyech (6.0, sub)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —