Chelsea player ratings: Kurt Zouma superb as Christian Pulisic shines again in Watford win

Kepa Arrizabalaga

Had nothing to do in terms of saves in the first half, but he was commanding vocally and went through the opening 45 minutes unscathed.

His first save came in the 74th minute with a shot from distance, and he was a little more busy after that. Got down well to make a good save from Danny Welbeck. 7

Reece James

Slow to get going, but grew into the game with some nice crosses that just missed the mark but almost got on to the head of Giroud.

Didn’t get forward as much in the second half and was a bit pinned back. Couldn’t get his crosses in, but defensively was pretty solid throughout. 7

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Kurt Zouma

An excellent first half, taking control of Troy Deeney and standing up to the challenge brilliantly. Just what Chelsea needed after the West Ham game.

Only one slip of a misplaced pass, but apart from that he was exceptional. Really the performance which the Blues needed and he commanded the back. 9

Andreas Christensen

Much better in the first half, really controlling the defence and picking up on second balls. However, was also strong in the air when called upon.

Dealt with any pressure well and moved the ball around well also. Only one really good chance for the Hornets came from his side, but a decent performance. 8

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Cesar Azpilicueta

Kept Ismaila Sarr very quiet in the first half, with the Watford man usually his side’s biggest threat. Didn’t give much in an attacking sense, but defensively was very solid.

More adventurous in the second half, working the flank well but also keeping an eye on his man, who didn’t make anything happen. 7

N’Golo Kante

Commanding the middle of the park, winning the ball comfortably on several occasions and letting those in front of him be the creative inputs.

The same in the second half, and helped dominate the middle of the park, with the…