Article published on 2016-10-17 by ChelseaStats in Uncategorised.
Luiz, Kante and Moses make Gareth’s team of the week. Which is fine.
Defender – David Luiz (Chelsea)
Luiz made three interceptions against Leicester, which was the most of any Chelsea defender
I have been very critical of Luiz in the past, but I must say his time at Paris St-Germain has proved profitable for Chelsea.
Since the Brazilian’s return to Stamford Bridge this summer, I have noticed he is a much more mature defender who is far less concerned about what he can do on the ball. These days he concentrates on stopping those with the ball from playing.
In a back three, which seems to suit Luiz, he dealt with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy comfortably. Keeping clean sheets helps win titles and, while I see Chelsea a little short of that this season, I am starting to appreciate a defensive unit who might start to cope with life at Stamford Bridge without veterans John Terry or Branislav Ivanovic. It’s about time.
Midfielder – N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Kante has completed more passes than any other Chelsea player in the Premier League this season (486)
It is not often I select a player for my team of the week who everyone agrees with. In fact, part of the fun is to get you to disagree with me.
However, when it comes to Kante, there couldn’t have been anyone in either the Chelsea or Leicester camp who thought the midfielder was not superb throughout on his return to his former club.
To call the France international a ‘holding player’ does him the most incredible disservice, particularly when he covers so much ground, has touch, vision and reads the game so brilliantly.
The affection in which he is held by his former Leicester team-mates was clearly visible after the game. To see Kante go over to the Foxes fans and applaud them suggests his move to Chelsea in the summer was more to do with business than pleasure.
Midfielder – Victor Moses (Chelsea)
Moses had more shots on target than any other Chelsea player against Leicester (two), scoring once
The continued influx of foreign coaches in the Premier League has created an explosion of tactical options. One player who has taken advantage of the variety afforded players these days is Moses.
Loans to West Ham and Stoke suggested his career at Stamford Bridge was over but manager Antonio Conte – in the absence of Willian, who is on compassionate leave – has found a new role for the Nigerian and he looks like he’s loving every minute of it.
His performance for Chelsea against Leicester, in a classic 3-4-3 formation, gave him freedom to express himself without placing restrictions on his team.
Admittedly, he had genuine defenders behind him but his athleticism and ability to take players on was an exciting feature against the Foxes. A player I thought tended to stroll through games suddenly looks like a match-winner again.