Chelsea player ratings v Sunderland: Midfielder is 9/10
By Dominic Toner
Football Insider rates the Chelsea players after their 1-0 victory against Sunderland in the Premier League.
Thibaut Courtois 7 – Was quiet against Sunderland, but did pull off a phenomenal late save to show that he is a top goalkeeper.
Cesar Azpilicueta 6 – Looked assured in defence and tried to come forward with the ball when in possession.
David Luiz 6 – Looks a perfect fit for Antonio Conte’s three-man defence and showed his ability in possession. He was involved in a battle with experienced striker Jermain Defoe.
Gary Cahill 6 – The defender enjoyed a quiet night against the Sunderland attack and was rarely tested by Adnan Januzaj.
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Victor Moses 6 – The wing-back supported the attack well and was constantly supporting Willian on the right.
Cesc Fabregas 9 – Dominated possession for Chelsea and showcased a range of short and long passes. Scored the opening goal with a composed finish into the bottom corner.
N’Golo Kante 7 – He showed how much more attacking he has become since moving to Chelsea from Leicester and was involved in some positive spells of passing.
Marcos Alonso 7 – Was a constant threat on the left and found himself in space on numerous occasions. He delivered some great crosses, but his team-mates couldn’t convert.
Willian 7 – Great weighted pass to provide the assist for Fabregas’ goal and threatened the Sunderland defence all game with his frightening pace.
Diego Costa 7 – Delivered a battling display against the three Sunderland centre-backs and was a handful all game. Just missing a goal to add to his tenacious performance.
Pedro 6 – The Spaniard showed good attacking intent around the box, but was just unable to find the crucial ball.
Nemanja Matic (for Pedro 76mins) 6
Nathaniel Chalobah (for Willian 89mins) 6
Branislav Ivanovic (for Victor Moses 90+3mins) 6
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