Chelsea collected a fortunate victory at Selhurst Park to move up to third. Rey Stevinho provides the lowdown on the individual performances of the team.
Kepa Arrizabalaga – 5
Underwhelming performance. Not convincing enough and was indecisive at times with aerial balls. Chelsea’s whole backline weren’t much different as they all looked nervy. It could be said Kepa should have also prevented Zaha’s goal.
Reece James – 6.5
Reece James had another standard and unimpressive 90 minutes. They were some fruitful balls but his well-known crossing ability wasn’t consistent enough with only one ball successfully reaching Olivier Giroud early in the second half. The young fullback struggled defensively allowing Palace attackers to get past him to deliver balls inside our box. Still not back to his best form.
Andreas Christensen- 5
Defending has been below par since his sterling display against Man City. He was easily bested against West Ham with Michail Antonio getting the best out of him time and time again. This evening, he looked decent in some tackles and some reads but also contributed to Palace’s goal after making a dreadful error in our box He only managed to win 3 of his 7 duels and also lost 3 aerials in which allowed the eagles chances in our own half. He did notch 4 interceptions and 2 recoveries but his overall play was once again inadequate and unsatisfactory.
Kurt Zouma – 7.5
Eventful performance completed by an awe-inspiring last ditch tackle after Christian Benteke looked clear on goal in the last minutes of the game. Zouma did win most of his duels, losing 5 of his 12 duels and winning 7 of them. He also won 5 key aerials that came up big at the end of the match. His distribution from the back has also improved drastically – successfully making 6 long passes. He did have nervy moments failing to close out Zaha, he but once again looked the best Chelsea defender of the centre-back pair.
Cesar Azpiliueta – 7
The Chelsea skipper was deployed at Left-back over Marcos Alonso for the second time in succession. Azpi had his fair share of duels against Wilfried Zaha who looked poised and hungry down the right hand side, but the Spaniard was able to contain the Ivorian for fair chunks of the game.
Billy Gilmour – 7
Started as the deepest centre-midfielder. The Scot had an impressive 91% pass success rate and 62 accurate passes, but he was also caught getting disposed in dangerous areas. Loose passes and sloppy play occasionally put the side at risk. A much better showing than last time out against Leicester.
Mason Mount – 7.5
Mount shined in the first half winning balls effortlessly in the defensive side and looking sharp whenever Chelsea looked to hurt Palace on the counter. He had his best play where he impressingly got two Palace players with ease and made an outstanding pass across the field finding Willian on the wing. Mason’s ability to break the press was stellar and was a key component in the first half where Chelsea looked the much better team. His work rate once again justified his place in the starting lineup for the rest of the season.
Ross Barkley 6.5
Managed beat Palace players a number of times drawing free kicks in the final third. He had one mesmerizing cross-field ball to Giroud in the second half creating an opportunity in the process. Completed 93% percent of his passes, but also lost 7 out of 12 duels showing his indecisiveness and inconsistency.
Christian Pulisic – 8
Another excellent performance, capped by an unbelievable and majestic finish for the second goal. He was tightly marked throughout the match and wasn’t as involved in the second half. However, whenever he was on the ball there was that feeling that he would create something in the attack.
Olivier Giroud – 7
Able to score early, sweeping in from close range. Giroud was always an option for Chelsea in the build up, giving them the outlet they needed at times. Impressive in patches with his beautiful first touches giving Chelsea a number of opportunities on the attack, but did tire in the second half.
Willian – 8.5
Standout player of the match, finishing with two well-made assists. He was constantly bombing forward dribbling between the lines creating gaps and space for his teammates. Marred slightly by poor set pieces. Besides this, his exuberant amount of energy made Chelsea more effective in the defensive phase as he tracked back relentlessly.
Ruben- Loftus Cheek (65′) – 7 : Assist 71′
Tammy Abraham (65′) – 7.5 : Goal 71′
Jorginho (80′) – 7
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