Despite being one of our highest-rated players throughout the season, he is only Thiago Silva’s second Man of the Match award, which says a lot about his consistency and the general level of excellence he’s shown all season (aside from everything that goes against West Brom every time) – not to mention his influence on others in helping to elevate their games as well.
Signing Silva on a freebie last summer seemed little more than a palliative of desperation and a last resort, but he really proved that in his case, age is just a number. All signs point to at least another year remaining, which is great news.
Kepa put up a series of solid to good performances, and although he was partly to blame for the conceded goal – despite great efforts to keep the goal against his side initially – he did quite well otherwise.
Dave just narrowly beat Billy Gilmour and Reece James for third place on the podium, and while it wasn’t spectacular, he was his usual solid in the back three for injured Andreas Christensen. With the young defender now battling a hamstring injury, Azpi will be needed to make it to the FA Cup final and possibly the Champions League final to help him fulfill his destiny at Chelsea.
against ARSENAL (PL, H, L 0-1)
EXCEPTIONAL (9.0+): –
EXCELLENT (8,0-8,9): –
GOOD (7.0-7.9): –
MEDIUM (6.0-6.9): Silva (6,5), Arrizabalaga (6,4), Azpilicueta (6.2), Gilmour (6.2), James (6.2), Pulisic (6,0)
POOR (5.0-5.9): Ascend (5,7), Zouma (5.5), Ziyech (5.5, under), Chilwell (5,4), Hudson-Odoi (5,3, under), Giroud (5.1, under), Havertz (5,0)
BAD (4.0-4.9): –
TERRIBLE (3.0-3.9): Jorginho (3.2)