Jorginho, Midfield: 6
Much like most of his Chelsea teammates, Jorginho started the game brilliantly with his ability to spot opportunistic runs from the front three, almost yielding the opening goal just five minutes into the match. Moreover, his movement off the ball always provides Chelsea an option for a pass, allowing the Blues to retain possession in the first half of the game.
However, as the match progressed, Leicester’s counter-pressing saw Chelsea become increasingly sloppy in possession and Jorginho’s influence on the game diminished.
Not the best of days at the office for Jorginho, but the Italian’s recent string of performances would certainly put to rest arguments of his inability to perform without Maurizio Sarri at the helm.
N’Golo Kante, Midfield: 6
As brilliant as Kante was in Chelsea’s midweek loss to Liverpool in the Super Cup, it would seem that fatigue has perhaps finally caught up with the Frenchman. While he was still winning possession back for his team on countless occasions, Kante’s sloppiness on the ball resulted in times possession was simply gifted back to the opponents after the ball had just been won.
It was not a typical performance from the Frenchman nor would it be fair to attribute Chelsea’s dull second half to his individual performance. However, Kante once more emphasized just how important he is to this Chelsea team, especially in the absence of a certain Eden Hazard.
Quite simply, when Chelsea’s enigmatic Frenchman plays well, they play well.
Mason Mount, Midfield: 6
Make no mistake, Mason Mount is undoubtedly an exciting prospect regardless of what Jose Mourinho might choose to believe. Mount’s performance against Leicester was clear vindication of Lampard’s trust.
In opening the scoring for Chelsea, Mount displayed a desire to win the ball, a will to stay on his feet and determination to put the ball in the back of the net. It was an impressive show of strength and finishing ability.
However, as with his other midfield companions, Mount struggled massively in the second half. He was unable to retain possession for his team in face of Leicester’s press and saw the game out without having much of a further impact.
At just 21, this game was an accurate representation of Mount’s need to further brush up on certain aspects of his game (as per Mourinho) as much as it was a reminder of just how talented of a player he truly is.