Chelsea strengthened their title aspirations with a dominant 3-0 victory over Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Here’s how we rated the Blues players.
Edouard Mendy: 6
Had very little to do but when he was called into action the Senegal stopper pulled off a fine flying save to tip over a venomous shot from Daniel Amartey in a rare Leicester attack.
Reece James: 7
Another typically efficient display by the right wing-back. One of three Chelsea players to be denied a goal in the second half by a marginal offside decision.
Trevoh Chalobah: 7
Didn’t put a foot wrong on the right of the Blues’ back three and played a key part in the third goal with a fine run and pass in what was another sign of his growing maturity as a top-level Premier League defender.
Thiago Silva: 9
The 37-year-old was a like of Rolls Royce at the heart of Chelsea’s back three. A cool and composed presence who dealt comfortably with threat of Jamie Vardy and his short and long range passing was at times a joy to behold.
Antonio Rudiger: 8
A top-class display from the big German. Scored Chelsea’s opener with a fine glancing header from a Ben Chilwell corner after he had made a crucial last-ditch interception in the first half to deny Ademola Lookman a simple tap-in from a low Vardy cross.
Ben Chilwell: 7
Should have scored after four minutes against when found in acres of space down the left flank but hit the bar from close range. His fine in-swinging corner set up Rudiger’s opener. Was denied a goal in the second half by superb Kasper Schmeichel save.
N’Golo Kante: 8
A dominant force at the heart of the midfield. Came back to haunt the team he won the Premier League title with in 2016 with a fantastic solo goal to cap off a dominant performance from the Frenchman.
Dovetailed superbly with Kante as Leicester struggled to contain Chelsea’s midfield. Rarely gave the ball away but limped off 15 minutes from time with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Mason Mount: 6
A quiet display from the England international, who was substituted midway through the second half for Hakim Ziyech.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 8
Caused Leicester all sort of problems with his pace out wide and movement when he drifted into the middle. Almost scored with a marvellous second-half strike when he shot just over after latching onto a Rudiger pass, and had a deserved goal ruled out for offside.
Kai Havertz: 5
One of the few Chelsea players to cut an anonymous figure in attack. Was withdrawn for Christian Pulisic, who looked a far more lively presence.
Christian Pulisic: 8
Scored shortly his introduction from the bench and Chelsea’s attack looked instantly better after his arrival in a dominant 10-minute spell in which the visitors’ had three goals disallowed including one effort from the American.
Hakim Ziyech: 7
Made an instant impression from the bench by setting up Chelsea’s third goal for Pulisic with a run and cross from the right wing after skinning Caglar Soyuncu.