DM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7.5/10
Loftus-Cheek is big, strong, and able to hold players off. He was given the freedom to dictate play and make something happen. Good performance despite going off at half time.
DM: Ramires – 8/10
A composed and domineering performance. Didn’t give Villa’s midfielders an inch.
AMC: Cesc Fabregas – 8/10
The creative force behind most Chelsea attacks. Looks like he could be slowly returning to his best.
AMR: Willian – 7/10
Runs all day and has the trickery to unlock defences. Couldn’t score to continue his fine recent record, but a good all-round game.
AML: Pedro – 5/10
Barely did anything of note. Fabregas’ and Willian’s workrates made him look pedestrian by comparison.