Player Ratings for Chelsea as they annihilate the Swans in the Liberty Stadium
It was a perfect day for Jose Mourinho’s men as they dominated Swansea at their own ground by hammering 5 past them and keeping a clean sheet.
The game was totally in control of the Blues as they got some valuable confidence back after they had an indifferent away run off late. Chelsea went 5 points clear off Manchester City and would want the Citizens to drop points when they welcome Arsenal on Sunday. Here are the ratings for Chelsea players who were absolutely brilliant.
Petr Cech: 8/10
Barely had anything to do in this game as he was barely tested by the hosts, but whenever the Seans threatened, he was there to make the save or collect the ball. He cherished a clean sheet.
Branislav Ivanovic: 9/10
He took care of Wayne Routledge as long as he was on the pitch and also good against Emnes. He was instrumental in offense as well, when he created Schurrle’s goal by linking up with Hazard.
Gary Cahill: 8/10
Made a stable comeback after he was rested against Newcastle. He was not tested much but was solid whenever he had to be involved. Would be happy to be on the right side of a 5 goal hammering.
John Terry: 8/10
He gets a 8 because he too was anything but tested. Swansea duo of Nelson Oliviera and Bafetimbi Gomis were not good enough for Terry. Swans felt the absence of Wilfried Bony.
Filipe Luis: 8/10
He had a very fluid game as he marauded forward supporting Hazard, Oscar and Fabregas on the left flank. His defensive game was not tested much, and he played a part in the build-ups on a regular basis. A good game for the Brazilian.
Nemanja Matic: 9/10
A dominant display at defensive midfield. An already struggling Swansea couldn’t find a way past him when they tried to counter. His positioning in the heart of the midfield was top notch.
Cesc Fabregas: 10/10 MOTM
He was the most dominant player for Chelsea as he enjoyed the game freely. His authority on the midfield was too overwhelming for Swansea defenders as he split them time and again and launched attacks after attacks with his incisive passing and vision. He was there ever-present in almost all buildups created by Chelsea and bagged his customary assist in a beautiful team goal as Costa scored Chelsea’s second.
He missed two great chances but was an important part of the Chelsea machine-midfield that is so well drilled to win possession back quickly whenever they lose it. Willian’s power through the midfield was the one that launched Oscar’s second goal in a counter attack.
Oscar was clinical on the day as he scored on consecutive appearances when he scored Chelsea’s opener on Saturday. His brace would give him great confidence to go on. He was instrumental in buildups and narrowly missed his hat-trick. He gave away cheap passes on precisely 3 occasions, a reason why he misses out on a perfect rating.
Eden Hazard: 9/10
Eden Hazard didn’t score or assist against Swansea but was very instrumental in the build-ups with his clever movement and passing. He had two powerful attempts on goal saved by Fabianski. He was present for the whole of 90 minutes as he kept the Chelsea offence going despite the huge lead.
Diego Costa: 10/10
He did everything that was asked off him as a striker. He bullied Williams, was clinical in taking his chances and was also unselfish as he created two chances, one which was missed by Willian and the other which was scored by Oscar. He now became the top scorer of the Premier League with 17 goals.
Loic Remy: 7/10
He came on for Diego Costa in the 75th minute. By that time, Chelsea had already put their foot off the gas and were cruising through the game. The Frenchman got vital game time.
He replaced Cesc Fabregas who was instrumental for Chelsea’s display. Ramires worked hard as usual and filled in the central midfield with his box to box display for the final few minutes. He also scuffed a chance as he miscued a shot.
He poached Chelsea’s 5th goal within 4 minutes of coming on as the gulf in class between the hosts and Chelsea grew wider and more embarrassing. Schurrle was good value for the time he spent on the pitch.
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