Chelsea needed Mason Mount’s late goal to squeeze past Fulham and earn a 1-0 win in Saturday’s west London derby.
Edouard Mendy 6
A spectator for the most part despite Fulham’s decent first-half showing as Cavaleiro fluffed best chance to test him.
Cesar Azpilicueta 4
Looked exhausted after 20 minutes against the lively Robinson and would have been glad to see the back of him, albeit having taken a hefty challenge. Almost beat Mendy with bizarre backless.
Thiago Silva 6
As reliable as ever, even with Azpilciueta regularly exposed on his outside.
Antonio Rudiger 6
Surprise inclusion was untested defensively but went close to opening the scoring with first-half header and produced a superb cross to create a terrific chance for Abraham.
Ben Chillwell 6
Underused, particularly given Fulham spent much of the second-half with Decordova-Reid at right-wing-back, but proved his class by creating the winner.
Did little wrong, but didn’t offer much in the way of creativity either and eventually deemed surplus to requirements after Fulham went down to ten.
Mason Mount 7 - Star man
Sharp as ever and looked the one player capable offending space in a congested midfield. No surprise when he popped up with the winner.
Mateo Kovacic 6
Grew more adventurous after half-time but difficult to see exactly what his role was, particularly against ten men.
Hakim Ziyech 6
One smart piece on link-up play with Giroud in the first-half that forced Areola into a save, but wasted several good shooting opportunities around the box. Brilliant cross for Pulisic deserved finishing.
Christian Pulisic 4
Virtually anonymous in the first-half and perhaps on his heels when unable to convert from Ziyech’s cross in the second. Improved late on but still well short of his best.
Olivier Giroud 5
Decent half-volley strike forced Areola into first-half save but Blues rarely played to his strength. Relieved to see flag up after scuffing a glorious second-half chance.
Tammy Abraham 5
Steered header straight at Areola soon after introduction and slipped when well-placed late on.
Timo Werner 4
Squandered chance to seal result on the break with heavy touch before passing up a sitter at the death.
Callum Hudson-Odoi N/A
Had little impact.
Unused: Kepa, Zouma, James, Emerson, Gilmour, Havertz.