After Chelsea’s first win of the Premier League season against West Brom earlier, we rate all of the players who featured in the 3-2 win at the Hawthorns.
Courtois – 7: The returning Belgian saved the penalty after just 14 minutes – possibly saving the score, and maybe Chelsea’s start to the season. Let two good goals in, but like all the top players, he is always there when needed.
Ivanovic – 4.5: Very poor performance, especially in defence. Callum McManaman rang rings around the Serbian more than once – rumour has it contract talks are affecting his form. Either way, he needs to improve.
Terry – 5.5: A strong performance during the time he was on the pitch. Maybe a harsh second yellow card, but the foul was somewhat uncharacteristic.
Zouma – 6: The usual determination was present from the big Frenchman, but not at his best.
Azpilicueta – 6: Not the best defensively, but finished his goal well, which sealed Chelsea’s first three points of the season.
Matic – 6: Solid as always in the centre of the midfield, but not creating likehe did last season.
Fabregas – 6.5: The Spaniard’s form is improving, but he needed time find his passing.
Willian – 6.5: The usual hard work all over the final third. The Brazilian needs to work on his shooting, but was instrumental in the second goal.
Hazard – 6.5: Influential, and key in the build up to the goals. Also provided an important attacking outlet on the counter attack when Chelsea had 10 men.
Pedro – 8: The best man on the pitch by far he ran well, protected the ball, shot, scored, and grabbed an assist. Today the Spaniard’s showed why Mourinho wanted to sign him so desperately – only time will tell if it’s worth it.
Diego Costa – 7: A first goal of the season for the Spaniard – a decent performance to go with it. However, he must continue this if Chelsea are to retain the title.
Cahill – 5.5: Still very slow and far from his best form. He is at least determined was solid enough during his time on the pitch.
Falcao – 5: The Colombian hasn’t really had a chance to prove himself yet – he missed a good chance that came his way, but few strikers can make an impact in 12 minutes.
Obi Mikel – 6.5: Important in the last 10 minutes as Chelsea tried to seal out the game.
Mourinho – 6.5: Finally the first win ot the season and a determined performance to show for it. Fitness is improving, but this Chelsea is far from the magnificent team that dominated and won the Premier League last season, especially in the first four months.