Everyone is aware of the perils of the 12:30 kick off after an international break but a dominant first half performance from Chelsea ensured there would be no slip up like the 5-2 defeat to West Brom last season. First half goals from Antonio Rüdiger and N’Golo Kante ensured the Blues went into the break 2-0 up before substitute Christian Pulisic added a third after the restart to move Chelsea six points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Edouard Mendy – 8.5
The ‘Senegalese Wall’ in goal picked up yet another clean sheet. After not having anything of note to do in the first half, he was called into action on numerous occasions in the second and made a pair of saves from James Maddison before a superb flying save from a Daniel Amartey effort. The only blemish on his record was a yellow card for time wasting.
Trevoh Chalobah – 8.5
The 22 year old English centre back’s breakout season continued with another solid performance on the right side of the back three. His awareness was put on show when he stepped up to ensure Ademola Lookman was ruled offside and then made a couple of crucial interceptions as Leicester threatened to get in behind. Also, to top it all off he made a fantastic line breaking pass for the third goal.
Thiago Silva – 9
The Brazilian veteran once again showed his class at the heart of the back three on Saturday afternoon. A pass accuracy of 96.8% was coupled with a 100% dual success rate along with a vital interception to stop a promising Leicester attack. Moreover, he made an exquisite long ball to pick out Callum Hudson-Odoi in the midpoint of the second half.
Antonio Rüdiger – 8.5
The German’s revitalisation under Thomas Tuchel had another landmark moment as his headed goal from Ben Chilwell’s corner set the Blues on their way. Away from his smart movement for the goal he made a vital clearance when the scores were 0-0 from Jamie Vardy’s ball across goal.
Reece James – 8
For the fourth Premier League game running, the wingback picked up either a goal or an assist. This time he was the one who released Kante for the second goal. Alongside this he was his usual solid self and in fact had a goal disallowed for an offside in the build-up.
N’Golo Kante – 8
Goals from the Frenchman are a rare sight but whenever he does, goals seems to be a special nature attached to them. His driven run from inside the Leicester half was followed up by a weak footed effort from inside the box that left Kasper Schmeichel with no chance. Away from that he broke up several attacks and formed a great partnership with Jorginho again.
Jorginho – 7.5
The Italian had a below par international break by his high standards but got straight back to business in Chelsea colours. The highlight of his performance were two sensational through balls, first to Chilwell and then to Kante, who arguably should’ve scored, but in addition he played a big role in slowing the play down when Chelsea were under the pump in the second half.
Ben Chilwell – 8
It was yet another bright and energetic performance from the Englishman. He saw an effort early in the game come crashing back off the crossbar, but it was his wicked delivery from a corner that set Chelsea on their way. In the second half, he nearly added to his assist with a low driven effort that was very well saved by Schmeichel.
Mason Mount – 6.5
It was a quiet return for the fan favourite after his time out with his dental surgery. In a first half where any of the front three struggled to exert their influence upon the game, he found himself in pockets of space at times but failed to produce anything meaningful in the final third.
Kai Havertz – 6.5
After a couple of goals for Chelsea before the international break, the German failed to get on the scoresheet today. Early on, his off the ball movement was impressive but wasn’t found on either occasion. As the game progressed, he made a couple of promising runs at the Leicester defence though he would have wanted to do more with Romelu Lukaku returning soon.
Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7.5
Ever since he got given his chance in the front three under Tuchel, Hudson-Odoi has impressed whenever he has played and today was no different. Whilst there was nothing in goals or assists to show from him today, he made several runs at and in behind the Leicester defence before either being fouled or finding a man. On one of these occasions, he provided the ball to which Chilwell nearly scored with.
Christian Pulisic – 7
The American has had a torrid time with injuries and after he missed a gilt edged opportunity, he would’ve been wondering if he had blown his chance. However, moments later he made no mistake as he slid the ball under Schmeichel for Chelsea’s third.
Hakim Ziyech – 7
The Moroccan is another player who has struggled with injuries and form of late but showed signs of his old self with his second half cameo. His wicked low delivery with his left foot set up Pulisic for his goal and he would go on to create another chance before the game was over.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 6.5
The midfielder replaced a hobbling Jorginho in the 77th minute and helped his teammates see out a comfortable 3-0 win with 100% pass accuracy and 100% aerial dual success rate.
Written by Harrison Burridge (@indepthfandc)
Edited by Matt North (@MattNorth_)