Fulham vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for Jose Mourinho's Blues

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2014

Chelsea moved clear at the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 win at bottom club Fulham.

After a goalless and drab first half, Andre Schurrle hit a hat-trick in less than 20 minutes, running onto through balls to use his pace and finish well each time. Johnny Heitinga scored Fulham's goal after a corner later in the game.

Chelsea Player Ratings


First half quick analysis

Cech: Made one low save from a free kick but nothing else to do—Dempsey should have beat him though.

Ivanovic: Not aggressive in getting forward, given away a silly foul and has been troubled down Fulham's left.

Cahill: Excellent defending inside his own area.

Terry: Should have been booked early on and lucky not to give a chance on goal away after a slip.

Azpilicueta: Solid without being spectacular.

Matic: Has won the ball well in the middle and kept the ball moving.

Ramires: His runs from deep are going to be key in breaking Fulham's defence, but needs more end product.

Schurrle: Rubbish. Hasn't run beyond Fulham's defence, set piece delivery shocking.

Oscar: Not really involved enough yet, needs to do more.

Hazard: Chelsea's continual out-ball especially on the counter. Looks a threat but lacks support and options.

Torres: Lazy off the ball movement, should have done better on an early chance then might have scored with a late effort near half-time.


Second half quick analysis

Cech: Comfortable afternoon, a couple of good saves.

Ivanovic: Strangely cumbersome and clumsy in his challenges. Perhaps not quite physically at his best.

Cahill: An excellent all-round performance, very consistent.

Terry: Improved after the break but still a couple of shaky moments.

Azpilicueta: Does his job quietly and well, exactly like today.

Matic: The game bypassed him at times after the break.

Ramires: Did well to push the team forward from time to time. Roved further up the pitch in second half.

Schurrle: Complete opposite to first half performance. Pace, direct running, composed finishing.

Oscar: Didn't have a good game.

Hazard: Chelsea's biggest threat and carved open the defence for two goals.

Torres: Claimed an assist but easy to see why strikers are Chelsea's weak spot.



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