Chelsea FC vs. Everton FC: Grading the Individual Blues' Performances
In a game that was projected to be a tough one for the Blues given their recent history against the Toffees, Chelsea ended up with a rather easy win. And although the game wasn't completely one-sided, AVB's Blues side looked the better team for most of the match.
So now, let's grade each player's performance...
Cech looked pretty comfortable in goal today. There wasn't that much work to do on his part, but the few saves he had to make were good ones—barring the stupid concession of course.
Bosingwa looked surprisingly good today.
Often criticized for his lack of defensive abilities, the Portuguese had a pretty good game both defensively and offensively. In fact, this was probably the first game that one could say he did better defensively than he did on the attack.
Even still, his problems in the defender's role aren't going to go away, and I'm sure many Chelsea fans, including me, are still concerned with him at RB over probable better options, like Ivanovic.
Not too much to say about Iva. After his country was disappointingly kicked out of the Euro 2012 Championship, Iva put on a solid performance today against the Toffees.
I think the picture says it all!
Not only did the Blues captain perform well defensively, but he also scored a great goal in the last seconds of the first half.
After a Frank Lampard set piece taken from the left flank, Terry provided a masterful header past Tim Howard to give the Blues a 2-0 halftime lead.
Overall, it was a good performance for Terry in his 350th appearance in Chelsea blue.
Cole played well today, with the highlight of his game being his assist of Daniel Sturridge's goal in the 31st minute.
After bringing the ball up to practically the touchline, the Englishman provided a flawless cross to Sturridge, who put it in the back of the net.
John Obi Mikel
Mikel was his usual self-tacitly effective. Nothing too outstanding, as usual, but his performance overall was good.
Ramires proved once again why he warrants the nickname, the Blue Kenyan.
The Brazilian was once again all over the pitch, but in a good way of course. He seems to never slow down, and was rewarded for his hard work with a goal from a Juan Mata assist.
His knock just after his goal was a worry, but AVB said in the post-match press conference that it was only a minor injury and that the midfielder could even return to action in Chelsea's Champions League game against Genk on Wednesday.
Lamps once again proved to his critics that's he's still got life left in him.
He may not have scored another hat-trick, but his playing overall was good, with the climax being his cross from a set-piece that set up John Terry's goal.
Juan Mata again showed us that he is Chelsea's god-sent.
His passing was pristine, he played a part in the first goal, passing the ball to Ashley Cole, who in turn crossed it to Sturridge for Chelsea's first goal. He then received a pass from Didier Drogba, and provided a pinpoint accurate cross for Ramires to slot it in the net.
Overall great performance, and Sky Sports' Man of the Match.
Sturridge is just looking better and better in every game.
His goal was superb, and so was his playing. He did well with the ball at his feet, getting past defenders tactfully, and he also cut out the irresponsible shooting from impossible positions, as he did quite often in previous matches.
If he continues his good form, and no doubt he will, he's going to be a real star for Chelsea, and England one day.
Drogba looked fairly lost today. He got a few chances to score, and apart from them and his pass to Mata that set up the third goal, he was really rather anonymous.
Florent Malouda - SUB
Didn't have a huge impact by any means, but he didn't make any gaffes and was decent filling in for the injured Ramires. By and large, his presence wasn't really made known at all.
Oriol Romeu: SUB
Wasn't a hugely impactful sub in his second Premier League appearance, but i think most Chelsea fans were just happy to see him get some playing time.
He looked great against Fulham, and if he keeps it up, he could well be a Chelsea starter in the next year or two.
Nicholas Anelka - SUB
Nico had a fairly good spell in the few minutes he was on.
He had a few chances to score, and all-around did pretty well. I don't know about other Chelsea fans, but I, for one, will be sad to see him leave at the end of the season.
So in the end, it was a well-deserved victory for the boys in Blue. It was a hard-fought battle, against a team notorious for giving us a tough time, but we still got the win, and a pretty impressive one too.
Any opinions on the grading? Anything you'd change? Let us know in the comments.