West Ham have been playing some very good football as of late and their visit to Stamford Bridge at Boxing Day was going to be a tough fixture for Jose Mourinho and co., or so we thought!
The Blues were excellent in the first half as we completely dominated a very good Hammers side with our good passing and creativity in the attacking third. Our link-up play was brilliant and this was one of those matches where everyone deserved full points!
Still, we got to analyse all the players and do a player ratings to see who came out on the top yesterday. Here are the ratings:
THIBAUT COURTOIS: Rating – 8.5/10
How good it is to have one of “the” best goalkeeper in your first eleven when you already have someone like Costa upfront? The Belgian had a commanding presence in the penalty box as usual and made a one on one save against Enner Valencia just after Costa scored. One more clean sheet for Courtois.
JOHN TERRY: Rating – 8/10
The Captain made it two in two with a superb goal to open the proceedings for the Blues and was a rock at the back as usual. Had a very good game except the last 10 minutes when West Ham had a string of attacks and once even hit the post.
GARY CAHILL: Rating – 8/10
Gary Cahill might not have a good month, but the defender has certainly found his rhythm in the last two games. He had Andy Caroll in his pocket for most of the time and had a very good game.
BRANISLAV IVANOVIC: Rating 7/10
The Serbian was immense going forward and even had a couple of very good crosses in the box as he provided the necessary width against a defensive West Ham side.
CESAR AZPILICUETA: Rating 7.5/10
The Spaniard was very good at defense and rarely allowed Carl Jenkinson to storm his crosses into the box. He even supported Hazard in the wings in the first half to provide that necessary width from the left side.
NEMANJA MATIC: Rating 9/10
Seriously, it’s unfair to even rate him because he is the engine of this Chelsea time like yesterday when he tackled, intercepted, controlled the game and even moved the ball forward more often than not. He was just Brilliant!
CESC FABREGAS: Rating 8.5/10
The Spaniard started alongside Matic and linked up brilliantly with Hazard and Willian in the first half. His long balls to Diego Costa was something we didn’t have for a very long time.
EDEN HAZARD: Rating 9.5/10
The twinkle feet gave a Man Of the Match performance against the Hammers. The Belgian owned Jenkinson at the wings and was a constant threat going forward, linking up well with attacking players and creating plethora of chances against a good West Ham defense. Definitely one of his best performance of the season.
WILLIAN: Rating 8/10
One of the better performances from the Brazilian. The highlight of his game was the curling pass for Oscar in the starting minutes which had him one on one with Adrian. Did his typical Willian stuffs of huffing and puffing all over the ground, causing pressure to the opposition players.
OSCAR: Rating 7/10
Oscar was good yesterday, but he missed a very good one on one chance against Adrian when he was set up by Willian. Had a good game but certainly not his best.
DIEGO COSTA: Rating 9/10
Damn! he is a warrior! Rounding off three defenders like they were school children to score that goal, linking up brilliantly all day long with attacking players and proving a constant menace to Collins and Reid going forward, that’s what we expect and deserve from a striker!
DIDIER DROGBA: Rating 7/10
Came on for last 15 minutes including the injury time. Did nothing wrong and helped us defend that plethora of corners won by West Ham in the last few minutes.
RAMIRES: Rating 5/10
Had a little cameo. Could have gotten on to the score sheet but completely missed the ball, 5 yards in front of goal.
JOHN OBI MIKEL: Rating 6/10
Came on with Drogba. Helped the team in defending those corners and keep a clean sheet.
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Edited By: Ankur Bhatt