Chelsea player ratings: Alvaro Morata scored twice in the win over Crystal Palace
Chelsea continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.
Two goals from Alvaro Morata and a strike from Pedro were enough to seal all three points while Eden Hazard made his return from a back injury as a substitute.
Spaniard Morata opened the scoring with a neat turn and finish just after half an hour but the visitors struck back through Andros Townsend.
Hazard was called off the bench and made an instant impact, setting up Morata’s second before Pedro rounded off the win when he fired home Marcos Alonso’s cross.
Express Sport has rated how the Chelsea players performed in their clash with Crystal Palace – but do you agree?
Chelsea player ratings vs Crystal Palace – Premier League
GK: Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6
Will be unhappy to have lost his clean sheet but was rarely worked in truth.
Showed great footballing skills in possesion, but will have tougher evenings.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 4
Given a tough examination by Wilfried Zaha and will be glad to see the back of the Palace winger.
Was also wasteful when looking for a pass and fans will hope this performance was merely a blip.
Chelsea player ratings: Cesar Azpilicueta struggled against the lively Palace attack
CB: Antonio Rudiger – 6
Always looks composed in pressure situations, but questions will be asked of the whole Blues rearguard over Townsend’s goal.
CB: David Luiz – 5
Has been enjoying a renaissance under Sarri, but like Rudiger will come under scrutiny after Palace’s strike.
Forced Wayne Hennessey into a good save at the other end with a strong header, and looked comfortable as usual coming out with the ball.
LB: Marcos Alonso – 6
Wonderful cross for Pedro’s goal, with the Spaniard now having provided seven assists so far this season.
Chelsea player ratings: Marcos Alonso notched his seventh assist of the season
CM: Jorginho – 7
Has become vital to Sarri’s style of football this season and looks after the ball so well.
Another understated but effective performance as he helped Chelsea control the match for large periods.
CM: N’Golo Kante – 6
Not his usual tidy self, although there were some trademark tackles and recoveries as the Blues midfield smothered any chance of a Palace comeback.
CM: Ross Barkley – 5
His sparkling run of goals and assists had to end at some point, with the midfielder unable to really create too much on a frustrating evening when he gave the ball away on too many occasions.
Chelsea player ratings: Ross Barkley had a frustrating evening against James McArthur and co
RAM: Pedro – 7
Played a big role in the opening goal as his cross found Morata at the second attempt.
The diminutive winger continued to impress and made the most of his rare start by getting on the scoresheet when he was found by Marcos Alonso’s low cross.
LAM: Willian – 5
Supporters are running out of patience with the Brazilian after too many ineffective displays.
Has so much ability but a lack of precision in the final third and carelessness in possession let him down today, and it was no surprise to see him sacrificed for Hazard instead of Pedro.
ST: Alvaro Morata – 8
The Spaniard has finally found some form this season, opening the scoring with a smart turn and finish inside the area after Pedro’s driven cross.
Morata was then in the right place to pounce when Hazard’s cross found it’s way through a crowded penalty area, making no mistake from close range.
Huge chance for the hat-trick but fluffed his lines when one-on-one with Hennessey.
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SUB: Mateo Kovacic (on for Barkley, 64 mins) – 7
His arrival, coupled with that of Hazard, saw an increase in tempo as the Blues warmed to their task.
Showed some nice feet and plenty of one-touch stuff as Chelsea accelerated away from Palace.
SUB: Eden Hazard (on for Willian, 64 mins) – 7
Much was made of Sarri’s decision to leave the Belgian out of his starting line-up, but Hazard made a superb impact when he was finally introduced.
The winger earned a free-kick then whipped it in for Morata to finish within two minutes of his arrival, and Chelsea never looked back.
SUB: Cesc Fabregas (on for Jorginho, 80 mins) – 6
Showed some tidy touches and good awareness as the Blues killed the game off.