They call it the Cashico, the modern day clash of the English titans. Both sides have come a long way in the Premier League, building priceless sides of talent scoured from all over the earth. winning titles, and hiring masterful tacticians to bring out the best of that talent is their philosophy. When the fans tuned in on Saturday, they were not disappointed. It was an epic clash that arguably put the later Classico to shame. The game was filled with drama, tactical brilliance, heartbreak, and triumph.
Manchester City players’ ratings can be found here
Without further overdue, let’s jump into the fan’s ratings!
Chelsea ratings (Top 3)
Diego Costa: 9.32
Goals scored: One
Diego Costa just keeps on getting better and better, am I right? Over the span of this season, Costa has rediscovered the bullish form that made him one of the most feared strikers on earth. All through the game, Costa ran, pressured, and fought tooth and nail for the team. He bullied Stones and Otamendi into submission. For his goal, the run was perfectly time. The way he brought down the ball and shrugged off the defender marking him was exquisite. And, his shot was mercurial. Some might say Bravo could have done better, but not really. He rightfully takes the top spot on the fans ratings podium. Diego Diego Diego Diego!
Eden Hazard: 8.6
Position: LW/Second striker
Goals scored: One
Although Costa’s form has been a huge talking point for Chelsea fans, Hazard is, in reality, a big part of why the London blues are on such a good run. After a hellish season last year, the 2014/15 PFA player of the year is most definitely back to his best. Hazard was a constant thorn in the side of the City defense, dribbling, running at defenders and most importantly scoring (8 goals and counting!). Taking a closer look, we even noticed he put in quite a significant defensive shift too!
Take a look at his performance below
Position: Center back (are we sure about that?)
After Abramovich sanctioned a move to bring Luiz back from PSG, if anyone’d told me Luiz would be a cornerstone in the Chelsea run of form (is that 8 wins so far?), I would have slapped them silly. Nevertheless, few months later and look who’s coming to fill the podium? The one, the only! The Geezer. Ever since Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation, Luiz has been a man reborn! Against Manchester City, asides from distributing the ball exquisitely, he put in a composed defensive showing making him the highest rated defender in Chelsea’s backline! (NOT sorry for you Cahill…)
Ngolo Kante: 7.95
The little engine that could! Ran, tackled, passed, did everything asked of him and gave his all for the full game!
Came in as a sub and made a significant difference, scored the ever so important second goal that put Chelsea in the driving seat.
Was waaaayyyyy more involved than the final score shows, had to stand big on multiple occasions and should feel lucky about De Bruyne’s HORRENDOUS finishing. Still a top act between the sticks thought. Hard to imagine he’s still 24!
The big return for Cesc, and he did not disappoint, world class distribution & excellent assist for Costa!
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7.41
Dave has always been and will still be a rock in defense even if not very flashy in attack
Victor Moses: 7.32
The renaissance continues!
Gary Cahill: 6.55
despite conceding an own goal
Pedro Rodriguez: 6.47
Unremarkable for long periods but contributed to all stages of the game until subbed with an injury
Marcos Alonso: 6.3
Unremarkable but effective, question mark about the defending for the own goal.
Michy Batshuayi & Nat Chalobah: 6.2
Brought on late to shore up the game and burn away some minutes, played well but not long enough to have an effect.