How the Chelsea players rated during their 3-0 victory over Leicester City
Chelsea looked back to their brilliant best at home to a struggling Leicester City side this afternoon, as Antonio Conte’s men stuck three past the current Premier League champions in convincing style. The win will feel good for their fans, and it now looks like the London club are back to their best which bodes well going forward.
Thibaut Courtois – Didn’t really have an awful lot to do in terms of saves. Controlled his defence well, though, and got Chelsea moving on the counter attack with some excellent throws and kicks. 6
Cesar Azpilicueta – Shifted to centre-back as part of a three-man defence, and his pace countered Jamie Vardy’s brilliantly. Positionally he is super to watch, and he very rarely lets the side down with excellent consistency. 7
David Luiz – The Brazilian played very well. He was very unlucky with a sweetly struck free-kick in the first half, but then lucky to not put the ball past his keeper in the second as it was fired across goal. On the whole, though, he did more good than bad and was one of the top performers on the day. 7
Gary Cahill – Hasn’t had the best start to the current season for both club and country, but played his part in a clean sheet today. With an extra defender back there it allowed the pressure to be taken off Cahill and it showed. 6
Marcos Alonso – Many questioned this signing when Conte splashed big on the former Fiorentina man, but he was solid again against Leicester. Defensively he was rarely troubled and what he did do he performed his duties nicely. Going forward, he got his teammates running in the right direction, and always found a blue shirt. 7
Victor Moses – Started as a right-wing back which is an unfamiliar position to Moses, but you have to say he played very nicely. Going backwards he wasn’t really tested, but he stretched Leicester’s back four going the other way and more than deserved his goal. 7
N’Golo Kante – What a player. Kante was the surprise package of the Premier League last time around and he’s matching those levels of performances again but at Chelsea. He dominated the middle of the game and must’ve given his former teammates absolute nightmares. Man of the Match. 9
Nemanja Matic – Looked good. Almost scored after an excellent run, but alongside Kante he was rarely troubled. This new formation gives the Serbian more of a freedom to bomb forward and he picked some nice passes. 8
Eden Hazard – Scored a nice goal to double Chelsea’s lead, and fittingly, he tributed it to his teammate Willian who sadly couldn’t play due to a family trauma. On the whole, Hazard was lively and you felt something was going to happen every time he touched the ball. 8
Pedro – Has come in for a lot of stick since his move to England, but the Spaniard shut a few doubters up today. His movement was top drawer and he always brought teammates into play. Unlucky to be subbed with twenty minutes to go. 7
Diego Costa – Playing like a man possessed. He gave the Leicester defence an absolute nightmare from minute one and more than deserved his goal. It really is excellent to see the hot-headed forward keeping his cool for a change, and his game is certainly benefiting from that. 8
Nathaniel Chalobah – Nice to see Conte keep the faith with the youngsters. Chalobah has been at Chelsea for years now, and definitely has the potential to become a real key part of their team going forward. 6
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Similar to Chalobah really. The young man is a top quality player and has the footballing world at his feet. 6
Ola Aina – A Premier League debut for the 20-year-old, and although he didn’t get enough time on the pitch to get a rating, it’ll be a proud moment for him.
Antonio Conte – The Italian switched things up to a 3-4-3 this afternoon, and you have to say it worked an absolute treat. Chelsea looked a threat coming in off both wings, and Diego Costa gave them an excellent outlet up top. Conte got it spot on, and the Stamford Bridge side looked really good throughout. 8
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