Chelsea player ratings: Hazard superb, Emerson impressive as the Blues edge past Swansea

Chelsea's Victor Moses

Thibaut Courtois – 6

Back in the team after being left out of last weekend’s FA Cup semi-final win over Southampton and had it easy in the first-half.

Did have one scary moment after the break as his flapped at a corner, distribution was decent, communicated well with his defenders and made a few routine saves to preserve his clean sheet.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

Solid showing from the Spaniard. Had to be alert on a few occasions to snuff out Swansea’s attacks, made one crucial block in the first-half to prevent Andre Ayew from testing Courtois.

Gary Cahill – 6

Largely untroubled in the first-half. Late in the second half he was called into action.

 Made a header from a corner which landed his side in a spot of bother and then made a risky tackle in the area which could have resulted in a penalty kick being awarded.

Did stand strong when the Blues came under pressure late on.

Antonio Rudiger – 6

Had a couple of nervy moments with the ball at his feet, it was his side of he pitch which was targeted by the City players and he had his hands full dealing with the threat of the Ayew brothers.

Victor Moses – 7

Looked to get forward at every opportunity and came close to getting on the scoresheet a couple of times in the first-half.

Was booked for a trip on Martin Olsson.

N’Golo Kante – 7

Cesc Fabregas – 7

Brilliant goal to break the deadlock after just four minutes. Linked up well with Hazard and Giroud, looked at ease in the 3-5-2 system as it allowed him to make late runs into the box.

Tiemoue Bakayoko – 6

A big call from Antonio Conte to switch to a 3-5-2 system in order to accommodate the Frenchman in central midfield alongside Kante and Fabregas.

Things didn’t quite get off to a promising start as he committed a foul within the first couple of minutes, but grew into the match as time wore on.

A decent – but nothing spectacular – display from the 23-year-old and one that he needed.

Emerson Palmieri – 7

Defensively superb. Excellent headed clearance at the back post when under extreme pressure from Connor Roberts and was always a threat going forward.

Marcos Alonso will be back for the Liverpool game next week and it would be rather harsh if the Brazilian doesn’t retain his place in the XI after waiting so long for his chance.

Eden Hazard – 8

Brilliant. Easily the best player on the park in the first-half and provided a beautiful assist with a lovely reverse pass for Fabregas to break the deadock after just four minutes.

Starting in a more central role, he caused havoc for the City defence in the opening period.

Was a little more subdued in the second half – although his final acts were a mazy run which saw Moses go close and an effort which he screwed wide.

Olivier Giroud – 6

Given his chance ahead of Alvaro Morata and partnered Eden Hazard in attack for the first time since arriving.

Linked up well with the Belgian, was a good targetman but will feel a little frustrated at not really getting much of a sniff at goal.

Substitutes

Willian – N/A

Might have been a little annoyed at not starting the game, but replaced Hazard inside the final 10 minutes.

Pedro – N/A

Came on for Fabregas in the 81st minute, not much time to make a difference.

Alvaro Morata – N/A

Not much time to make an impact either, did kill one attack by needlessly being caught offside.

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