Player Ratings: Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

The match started slow and finished fast. Chelsea and Crystal Palace headed in to the break at 0-0, before Chelsea’s attacking pressure eventually proved too much.

Edouard Mendy – 6

A clean sheet on his Premier League debut! He didn’t have to do too much out there, but the stat stands.

Cesár Azpilicueta (c) – 6

Much more defensive than Chilwell on the left, but did take a few chances to get forward and help Hudson-Odoi keep possession. Turned mediator when Tammy Abraham and Jorginho were arguing over who would take the penalty kick.

Thiago Silva – 6

Much more stable than last week against West Brom. Perhaps having captain Azpilicueta alongside him relieved some of the pressure. Either way, he did well.

Kurt Zouma – 7

Solid like Silva, though he proved dangerous at attacking set pieces. He had a pair of chances to head home, and he converted one of them.

Ben Chilwell – 8

Chilwell marked his 100th Premier League match and his first for Chelsea with the opening goal. Assisted Zouma with an inviting cross from the left. He wasn’t challenged too much defensively, though he was caught out of position a few times. Settled into the match and became important in attack.

N’Golo Kanté – 7

Sat in front of the back four and looked to stifle the Palace counter attacks as soon as possible. The clean sheet suggests he succeeded. Did pick up a booking at 70’. Came off late with a thigh strain.

Jorginho – 9

Played the same role as Kanté, though Jorginho avoided the booking, played the occasional defence splitting pass and scored a pair of goals from the spot. Perfect day out from the holding midfielder.

Kai Havertz – 6

Still finding his feet, but gradually growing into his role. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: EVENING STANDARD

Played in his preferred central attacking midfielder role. Drifted in and out of the game, though he linked up well with the other attackers. Earned the second penalty when Palace defender Mamadou Sakho brought him down.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – 7

The busiest of the forward group, and the only player who really looked threatening in the first half. Created a few chances in the second. Came off at 83’.

Timo Werner – 5

A quiet match, though possibly by design. Often drifted in centrally to create the space down the left for Chilwell.

Tammy Abraham – 6

He did have a few headed chances in the second half, but he couldn’t find the goals. Earned the first penalty after being tripped up by Tyrick Mitchell.

Substitutes

Christian Pulisic
Late sub for Hudson-Odoi. Got a good seven minutes into the legs.

Matteo Kovačić
Brought on for Kanté with less than five minutes to go.

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