1. ÉDOUARD MENDY (8.8)
Mendy may have been beaten for the first time this season in the league, but he also made six saves, which is already a solid day of work on most days, and a great day of work when facing a dangerous Liverpool team at Anfield and doing so with a man short for half the game. Chelsea’s defense may be excellent these days, but no defense is perfect and shots will occur — in fact, Liverpool had 24 of them, 7 on target. Making all the (expected and some of the unexpected) saves is a crucial part of any stellar defense.
Mendy was named UEFA Goalkeeper of the Season last week, and it looks like he’s picking up this season right where left off last season, and that’s a great place to be.
2. ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN (8.7)
Christensen earned yet more praise for yet another strong showing in the back-three, playing both in the center (first-half) and the right-hand side (second-half), and hardly putting a foot wrong. Let’s get that new contract signed, sealed, and delivered please!
3. CÉSAR AZPILICUETA (8.4)
Captain DAVE, on his 300th Premier League appearance, leading by example as usual.
vs. LIVERPOOL (PL, A, D 1-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): —
EXCELLENT (8.0-8.9): Mendy (8.8), Christensen (8.7), Azpilicueta (8.4), Rüdiger (8.4), Havertz (8.0)
GOOD (7.0-7.9): Alonso (7.8), Silva (7.7, sub), Jorginho (7.6), Kovačić (7.5, sub), Kanté (7.4), Lukaku (7.1), Mount (7.1)
AVERAGE (6.0-6.9): Chalobah (6.8, sub), James (6.5)
POOR (5.0-5.9): —
BAD (4.0-4.9): —
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): —