After Chelsea scored a big win at Watford, the Chelsea Chronicle rates the players.
Helpless for the goal. Was not really worked apart from that though he did come out sharply several times at the feet of Watford players.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Solid and dogged in defence as usual. A bit more forward thinking in possession. He seemed to have more confidence in Hudson-Odoi than Pedro.
Antonio Rudiger: 6
He is very bad at both winning aerial balls and then executing effective headers. The first Watford goal would have been avoided without his poor header.
David Luiz: 6
Took some unnecessary risks but he mostly defended pretty well.
Marcos Alonso: 5
Better than usual. He kept possession under pressure pretty well. Still so painfully slow that any overlap just does not happen.
Gave the ball away cheaply more than he usually does. His scoop ball for Hazard’s second was fantastic though.
N’Golo Kante: 6
Not particularly influential with the ball. He did do great work without the ball, offering himself in space and regaining possession from Watford.
Mateo Kovacic: 8
Rates the highest after a really good performance with some end product in the form of an assist. Leads the press tirelessly and knits play together.
Had an unexpected opportunity when replacing Pedro. He did not make the absolute most of it as he did not really contribute in the attack. The youngster did not do anything wrong though.
Takes an absolute eternity to receive the ball and do anything with it. This goes totally against Sarri’s style. He improved in the second half to his credit.
Eden Hazard: 8
Limiting the best player in the team in the number nine position is not the way forward. A new striker cannot come quick enough. He still does great work but it is in positions where he has his back to goal or is surrounded. When he dropped deep he was more dangerous.