Chelsea player rating vs West Ham - Star man 9/10

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Chelsea kicked off their Premier League campaign with a well earned 2-1 win over West Ham. In the win, who stood out and who could do better?

Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois celebrates their first goalChelsea's Thibaut Courtois celebrates their first goal

Thibaut Courtois - 7/10

Had very little to do in the first half as West Ham rarely threatened. Looked assured in possession and his distribution was good. Had no chance with Collins’ equaliser as the ball flashed passed him and got down well in the last moment of the game to save a scuffed shot from Payet.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7

Looked solid defensively in the first-half and constantly made attacking runs. The Spaniard won the penalty that gave Chelsea the lead early in the second-half. However, he did give away a free-kick for a high boot on Andy Carroll with the dangerous Payet licking his lips.

John Terry – 8

Looked very strong throughout the game. Questions over his pace still remain, however, his positional sense is as sharp as ever. Terry Flashed a header over the bar in the second half as Chelsea looked to find a second while he dealt with the aerial presence of Andy Carroll very well.

Chelsea's Gary Cahill celebrates scoring a goal against Liverpool

                                                                                           

Gary Cahill - 8

Played well throughout the game and looked assured at the back. Made a very brave header in the second half which drew a free-kick to calm things down when West Ham were threatening. Did well against Andy Carrol at the heart of the defence.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7

Looked a different player from last season. Confident on the ball, defensively sound and good going forward. His pace against opposition with quicker wingers could be a problem, but West Ham were unable to really isolate him against their pace merchants.

N’Golo Kante - 8

Fantastic Stamford Bridge debut for the Frenchman. He hounded players, passed accurately, cut out attacks and made some timely interceptions. The Chelsea defence had so little to do because of the energy and work rate of the former Leicester City midfielder.

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring the first goal for Chelsea

                                                                                              

Eden Hazard – 9 – Man of the match

Chelsea’s best player. Very bright in the first half as he looked to cut in and run at the West Ham defence. The Hammers struggled to deal with his speed and power and he deservedly scored Chelsea’s first goal from the penalty spot, blasting it into the roof of the net. At times, West Ham tripled up on him to try and stop the Belgian. Was taken off late on for Victor Moses.

Nemanja Matic - 8

Slowly re-finding his form. He looked solid in midfield with some of his defensive duties given to Kante who sat behind him. This has seemed to help hugely, with Matic getting forward a lot more. Played in a superb through ball for Willian to find Hazard early in the second-half and was a good outlet when West Ham were pressing high. Dropped in intelligently when Kante moved forward and dealt with West Ham’s physical presence well.

Oscar - 7

Looked very bright in midfield as he kept things ticking over nicely. Struggled with West Ham’s physicality, but worked back very well to stop a number of West Ham breaks. Was substituted late on for Batshuayi.

Willian – 7

Chelsea’s player of the season was at it again. The energetic running and intelligent passing he displayed constantly put Chelsea on the front foot. Drew a very good save from Adrian after some superb work by Matic and Hazard in midfield. Substituted in the 79th minute for Pedro.

Chelsea's Diego Costa in action with AC Milan's Gabriel Paletta

                                                                                            

Diego Costa – 8

A different player when he focusses on football. He chased the West Ham defenders down and linked up well with Oscar and Hazard in particular. Still hasn’t quite re-found his knack for being in the right place at the right time, but an industrious display none-the-less. Was fortunate not to receive a second yellow for a foul on Adrian, but the striker did seem to be making an honest attempt at getting the ball. Costa went on to score a superb winner when the chance looked like it had gone, Drilling the ball into the bottom corner, sending the fans, and his manager, into raptures.

Substitutes

Pedro - 7

Came on in the 79th minute as Chelsea were looking for a winner. Flashed a volley wide in the dying embers of the game. As things drew to a close he was far more involved in the game, swinging in a delicious cross which Costa could not latch onto.

Michy Batshuayi

                                                                                                                                    Michy Batshuayi

Michy Batshuayi - 7

Came on in the 84th minute. Did exceptionally well to rise above Reid to assist Costa’s winner and chased the West Ham defence down as the game wore on.

Victor Moses - 7

Came on in the 84th minute for Eden Hazard. Looks like a far better player for his loan-spell and was quick and strong when running at West Ham late on.

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