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CHELSEA swept Crystal Palace aside with ease on Patrick Vieira’s Eagles debut.
The Blues got off to the perfect start, with Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic efforts putting Thomas Tuchel’s side 2-0 up at the break.
Chelsea their season off to the perfect startCredit: Getty
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And Trevoh Chalobah made it a dream afternoon just before the hour mark, grabbing himself a goal to seal Chelsea’s perfect start.
Here’s how SunSport’s Mark Irwin rated each Blues performer on the day.
Edouard Mendy – 6
Finally called into action after 63 minutes to make a simple save from Ayew’s tame header. Other than that it was probably the easiest afternoon the Chelsea keeper has ever had in his career.
Trevoh Chalobah – 8
What a Premier League debut for the big defender who has spent the last three years away from Stamford Bridge on loan. Scored a stunning long-ranger and could hardly have asked for a better introduction to life at Stamford Bridge.
Trevoh Chalobah celebrates his first Chelsea goalCredit: Getty
Andreas Christensen – 7
Must have the deepest pockets in football because that’s where he kept Palace giant Jean-Philippe Mateta all afternoon. So calm in possession, he barely broke sweat to make sure that virtually the entire game was played in the other half of the pitch.
Antonio Rudiger – 7
Wasn’t going to take any of Wilf Zaha’s nonsense and must have known he was winning the day when the Palace talisman started moaning to his manager after 20 minutes. Made his point when he got back to block Zaha’s only sight of goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
The skipper was busy right from the first whistle and caused no end of problems for Palace rookie Tyrick Mitchell with his marauding runs down the right flank.
Cesar Azpilicueta put in a typically assured displayCredit: AFP
Jorginho – 8
There is no such thing as a lost cause as far as the Euro winner is involved. Chased and harried every ball in the middle of the park and didn’t give poor Palace a moment’s peace as he orchestrated play.
Mateo Kovacic – 7
Stepped in as midfield enforcer for the injured N’Golo Kante and immediately made it clear that he was ready for a scrap if Palace wanted to get physical. But he need not have worried. Palace simply rolled over and made his life so easy.
Marcos Alonso – 8
The Spanish wing-back gets written off every year but keeps coming back for more and was once again a constant outlet for the Blues. Magnificent free-kick to set his team on their way to this most comfortable of victories.
Marcos Alonso opened the scoring for the BluesCredit: Reuters
Christian Pulisic – 7
A constant source of anxiety for the overworked Palace defence, winning numerous free-kicks in dangerous areas with his willingness to run in possession. Lightning reactions to pounce on Guaita’s poor handling to grab Chelsea’s second.
Timo Werner – 6
With Romelu Lukaku signed and sealed, Werner knows he is living on borrowed time and did little to suggest that he will keep the £97.5million star waiting. But the fans are still willing him to succeed and he was unlucky with a first-time shot which was just the wrong side of the near post.
Timo Werner again failed to get on the scoresheetCredit: AFP
Mason Mount – 8
Won the free-kick for Chelsea’s first goal and delivered the cross for their second, the young Bridge idol was here, there and everywhere. Drive Palace to distraction with his movement and awareness.
Subs: James (for Azpilicueta 66 minutes), Havertz (for Pulisic 81 minutes), Emerson (for Alonso 86 minutes)
Subs not used: Kepa, Thiago Silva, Abraham, Zouma, Hudson-Odoi, Chilwell.
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