|1. DIEGO COSTA - FC||9.4|
Blocks + INTs2
Three games, three Man of the Match winners, three newcomers. First it was Fàbregas, then Courtois, and now Diego Costa. Costa's 9.4 trumps either of the previous two however, and replaces Fàbregas's debut as the seventh highest match rating awarded by the WAGNH community in the last two years.
It's hard to argue with Costa's rating; scoring twice and being directly involved in two more will do that for a player. Perhaps the only blip on his performance was the missed 1-on-1 with Tim Howard early on in the second half. And maybe for maximum levels of trolling, he should've passed back to a wide open Mikel for Chelsea's sixth.
Diego now has four goals in his first three Chelsea games. The last man to do that was Adrian Mutu, and while that's not necessarily a good omen, we'll just have to trust that the truly complete center forward's only vice is getting under the skin of opposing full backs and goalkeepers and managers.
|2. NEMANJA MATIĆ - MC||8.1|
Blocks + INTs3
On a day when just about everybody got in on the scoring act, Nemanja Matić grabbed his long overdue first goal for the club. And unlike last season, when he put the ball in the back of the net but was called for a handball, there was no doubt about this one. Adding an assist with a lovely pass to Ramires for Chelsea's fifth was the icing on the cake.
Unfortunately, following on from an indifferent preseason, his defensive contributions were below par for what we've come to expect, though on a day when we surrendered the majority of possession, three goals, and played without any semblance of control, he's by no means alone in that regard. Maybe having to constantly adjust to playing with three completely different style of midfielders (Cesc, Ramires, Mikel) is taking its toll on the SPIDERBEAST.
|3. BRANISLAV IVANOVIĆ - DR||7.9|
Blocks + INTs4
It is unclear just exactly what happened to Ivanović this summer. Legend has it that he went on vacation to Korea, where he happened upon an ancient temple. Signs warned him not to enter, but he did anyway because bears can't read English or Korean. In the deepest reaches of the temple, he found a huge ruby, upon which these words were etched: Whosoever touches this gem shall be granted the power of the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become ... forevermore ... AN ATTACKING JUGGERNAUT!
As explained before, bears can't read. And so he touched the stone.
Courtois (6.8), Azpillicueta (6.8), Terry (6.8), Cahill (6.8), Ramires (7.5), Fàbregas (7.3), Hazard (7.4), Willian (7.0)
Mikel (7.3), Filipe Luis (6.5), Drogba (6.5)
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