Player ratings: Chelsea 3 vs 0 Crystal Palace

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Chelsea started the Premier League season in the best possible way, as the Blues put three past a hapless Crystal Palace.

It was a totally dominant performance from the Blues as goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah sealed the victory.

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Mendy: He couldn’t have asked for an easier game. The Senegal international was on holiday for most of the game. Remained focused all through the game nevertheless. 7/10

Chalobah: Excellent game for the young defender. After making a fine debut in midweek against Villarreal, he put in an even better performance against Palace. His passing, composure and positioning was all topnotch, and he marked a fine performance with a fine goal. 9/10

Christensen: Confident and mature display in the middle of the back three. Coped well against the physical presence of Jean-Philippe Mateta and did same when Christian Benteke was introduced in the second half. 7/10

Rudiger: Played on the left side of the back three, and was dogged in his defending. A fine block against Zaha in the first half marked the highlight of his performance. 7/10

Jorginho: Picked up from where he left off at the end of last season and the Euros. Dominant in the middle of the park as Chelsea’s play revolved around him.

Kovacic: Provided stability in the middle beside Jorginho. Fine performance when you note the 120 minutes he played in the Super Cup on Wednesday. 7/10

Azpilicueta: Solid display in right wing-back. He was involved in the build-up to Christian Pulisic’s goal and had a good game generally before being subbed off in the 65th minute. 7/10

Alonso: Was a willing outlet down the left channel as he kept getting into dangerous corners. A stunning free kick from the Spaniard opened the scoring for Chelsea. 8/10

Pulisic: Started the game in a scrappy fashion as he lost possession a couple of times, but he got better and scored the second for Chelsea. 7/10

Mount: Had a good game. Looked very sharp and was involved in many good plays. Won the free kick scored by Alonso and played a key role in the second goal scored by Pulisic. 8/10

Werner: Pace was always a threat, but there’s still something missing in his game as a striker. Thankfully, with Romelu Lukaku coming in, he’d move to the left side from now on. 6/10


Reece James: Came on for Azpilicueta after the hour mark and put in a routine performance to get match fitness. 6/10

Kai Havertz: Late sub for Pulisic, but put in some nice touches.

Emerson: 85th minute sub for Alonso.

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