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Chelsea: Player ratings vs West Ham

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Chelsea got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday evening. Jose Mourinho was hoping his side could pick up three rare away points at Upton Park and put the disappointing results against Newcastle and West Brom behind them and his side obliged in style with a 3-0 win.

Chelsea set up with a defence including Ivanovic at right-back with Cahill edging Luiz for a spot next to John Terry and Azpilicueta keeping his left back spot ahead of Ashley Cole. Mikel, Ramires and Lampard made up a three man midfield, whilst Oscar and Hazard took up the places behind Eto'o. Mata, Cole and Schurrle took up places on the bench.

How did Mourinho's players justify his selection?

Petr Cech - 6

With only one of West Ham's five shots being on target and West Ham starting without a striker it was never going to be a tough day for Cech. Will be delighted with a clean sheet. Solid but largely untested.

Branislav Ivanovic - 6

Was put under some pressure by Downing in the first half and it was on the Serb's side that the little that came from West Ham was created. Dealt with it without huge problems.

Gary Cahill - 7

Things are looking bleak for David Luiz as Cahill continues to produce great performances at the heart of defence. Showed his blocking-ability and proved that his partnership with Terry is truly blossoming.

John Terry - 7

The biggest revival since the return of Mourinho, John Terry, is reborn. He is marshaling the defence expertly and is currently England's best defender - something Roy Hodgson will not want to hear. He is in fantastic form and will be ecstatic with the clean sheet.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 8

Azpilicueta has been an absolute revelation at left-back recently. A solid defender who loves to get forward, Azpilicueta is proving an absolute defensive rock and is showing Mourinho that he deserves to be a starter every week. He got forward well and took part in one of Chelsea's best counter attacks in the game by intercepting a through ball and breaking forward with Hazard and Eto'o before crossing fantastically to Oscar who should have scored with a volley.

John Obi Mikel - 7

Mikel was brought back into the team against West Ham and was unspectacular but fantastic. He held the midfield together, broke up attacks and fed the more offensive players. Mikel played in a holding role and was excellent in the way Makelele was in Mourinho's first team at Chelsea. Solid, unspectacular and effective with a 97% pass percentage with 70% going forward or backwards.

Ramires - 7

Ramires thrived in a three-man-midfield. His trademark forward runs caused trouble in West Ham's half and he provided the link between the centre-backs and Mikel and the offensive players. He is becoming a more and more important player and in a week where he was linked with Real Madrid, he proved his admirers - and Jose Mourinho - right.

Frank Lampard - 8

Lampard has come under criticism recently but his return to a more attacking midfield role meant a return of the old Lampard. Whistled at with every touch, he showed the West Ham fans that their abuse does not matter to him as he blasted a penalty into the back of the net and scored a second with a typical Lampard strike from 18 yards.

Oscar - 9

Oscar proved once again why Mata is on the bench. He was fouled for the penalty, scored a second and it was his blocked shot that fell to Lampard for the third. Everything went through him and his subconscious connection with Hazard allowed them to cut through West Ham's defence all night long. Oscar has been a revelation this season and continues to impress for the Blues.

Eden Hazard - 7

After a slow start to the season Hazard has caught fire recently and is in fantastic form. He gave the Hammers' defence a 90 minute-headache and his interplay with Oscar and Lampard was top drawer. Hazard always seem to play better with Juan Mata on the pitch but has proven to be one of Chelsea's main men. When Chelsea break they look for him immediately and he in turn creates an opportunity.

Samuel Eto'o - 6

Eto'o has started scoring and has proven a thorn in the side of goalkeepers and defenders alike. He closed down the West Ham defence well but could not cause any major problems. His effort cannot be faulted but his years in a second rate Russian league with Anzhi have had an effect and he will need to become more consistent if he wants to keep Torres and Ba out of the team.

Subs:

Demba Ba - 6

Ba did not have enough time to make an impression but will be happy to get the minutes. Had a goal ruled out for offside and plays well when called upon by Mourinho.

Andre Schurrle - 6

Will be disappointed not to start and tried to make the most out the limited time he got.

Michael Essien - 6

Essien has not had much playing time for Chelsea this year but every time he has played he has shown that he is still a very capable footballer. He is a valuable and very able understudy and his adaptability means he is a useful squad member.

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