Chelsea v Everton player ratings

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Chelsea secured a routine 2-0 win over Everton thanks to goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata. Here’s how we rated the Blues players in the game at Stamford Bridge.

Thibaut Courtois: 6

Keeping his concentration was Courtois’ only concern. He did not have shot to save until the 87th minute.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

Provided constant support in attack, notably when his glorious cross found Morata for the second goal. But he was uncharacteristically sloppy at times.

David Luiz: 7

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Luis was more comfortable playing back in the centre of the back three even though he performed admirably in midfield against Tottenham following a slow start. He defended with the minimum of fuss, winning some crucial headers and tackles. A couple of terribly misplaced passes aside, he used the ball well too.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Steady and unspectacular from the big German defender, but exactly what was needed after a nervy display last time out. Snuffed out Everton’s first real chance when he blocked Sandro’s shot after the Everton forward had been set up by Wayne Rooney.

Victor Moses: 7

Solid but relatively quiet in the first period when Chelsea’s main attackers did not need a great deal of assistance. Went close to scoring with a decent strike after the interval when he became more involved going forward as Chelsea took complete control.

N’Golo Kante: 8

An excellent performance by the Frenchman. He was typically busy, typically economical in possession and controlled the midfield, allowing the creative talents of Fabregas to shine.

Cesc Fabregas: 8

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Showed wonderful composure for his improvised finish and played with trademark quality and awareness. A superb all-round display.

Marcos Alonso: 7

Was never likely to have the same goalscoring impact as he did against Spurs but was just as impressive in all other areas. His touch and technique stood out and ensured Chelsea were able to retain possession and keep piling on the pressure.

Willian: 8

Dangerous from the first minute, the Brazilian formed a formidable attacking partnership by working in tandem with the fit-again Pedro. Everton never coped with their movement, direct running and ability and willingness to take on defenders.

Pedro: 9

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A menace throughout and also brought more of a goal threat than Willian. He could easily have ended up with a hat-trick on another day, with three efforts that were just off target.

Alvaro Morata: 8

Morata got a fully deserved standing ovation as he came off with 13 minutes remaining. For the second match in a row, he scored one goal and made another, while his hold-up play and running off the ball was markedly improved from the performance against Spurs.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: 6

Settled quickly after coming on and almost scored with a fierce low shot.

Michy Batshuayi: 6

Looked eager to make an impression in his 13-minute cameo after last week’s own goal, but that desire saw him selfishly go for goal late on when he had better options.