Chelsea began their Premier League season with an utterly dominant victory over London rivals Crystal Palace. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
Edouard Mendy: 6
The keeper had nothing of note to do but his distribution was spot on and he was able to enjoy a relaxing day basking in the west London sun.
Trevoh Chalobah: 8
A Premier League debut to remember for youth-team product Chalobah, who scored a truly stunning goal from 25 yards and was impeccable in his defensive work.
Andreas Christensen: 7
Assured, calm and faultless in possession, the Dane played with great authority and did what little that was required of him defensively.
Antonio Rudiger: 7
Won several trademark headers and kept Wilfried Zaha quiet, notably when making a superb block as Palace broke dangerously on the right soon after the interval.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
A new season but the same reliable and versatile Azpilicueta. He was untroubled defensively and always backing up in attack.
Jorginho dominated the midfield, making some fine interceptions and pressing when needed, leading to an appreciative crowd singing his name in recognition of his vital contribution.
Mateo Kovacic: 7
Industrious and effective, his work-rate was as impressive as ever and his runs from midfield created space for others throughout, although his final ball did let him down on a couple of occasions.
Marcos Alonso: 9
Chelsea’s best player before the break and he remained excellent throughout. Alonso scored with a fabulous free-kick, created numerous problems with his intelligent running off the ball and almost scored again after the interval.
Christian Pulisic: 6
Showed great attacking intent to score the second goal and was lively and threatening but his general play lacked a little in the way of composure.
Mason Mount: 8
Began the new season in exactly the way as he performed throughout the last campaign, combining a relentless energy with real quality. The complete midfield performance – proving just why he is so highly rated.
Timo Werner: 6
Werner’s work-rate and appetite was tremendous and the crowd enthusiastically sang his name but he was unable to make the most of several promising attacking situations.
Reece James: 6
The England full-back came on with just under 25 minutes remaining and came very close to teeing up a fourth goal.
Kai Havertz: 6
Havertz was cheered on to the pitch with all the gusto you would expect for a Champions League matchwinner and showed some good touches.