Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City: Player Ratings

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Diego Costa enjoyed a dream Stamford Bridge debut at Stamford Bridge this afternoon, finally ending stubborn Leicester City resistance as Chelsea maintained their 100% start to the Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over the plucky newly-promoted side.

Chelsea had to be patient and were kept at bay with relative ease by the Foxes for the first hour, but a strong drive from the fantastic Branislav Ivanovic eventually created the chance for Costa to slam home from close range, with the Spanish international wasting no time in acclimatising to the Premier League with his second goal in and as many games.

Cesc Fabregas and Thiabaut Courtois also produced displays of note in home bows but it will be Costa and Eden Hazard who get the headlines, after the clever Belgian speedster glided inside to score 13 minutes from time and ensure Blues fans go home very happy this evening.

Blues fans who were not fortunate enough to be at Stamford Bridge can check out how each and every one of the starting XI performed by checking out the GiveMeSport player ratings, which probably be on Petr Cech's reading list thanks to another excellent display from Courtois.

Thibaut Courtois - 8 - Mourinho's decision to pick the Belgian stopper over club legend Petr Cech was once again vindicated by a focused, diligent display. Courtois enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon but when called upon looked extremely confident, with one key save in particualt denying David Nugent what looked like a certain goal early in the second half.

Branislav Ivanovic - 9 (man of the match) - Chelsea's Serbian stalwart is under more than pressure than ever before to prove he deserves a starting spot, his efforts today should serve notice that he's going nowhere just yet. Ivanovic bombed forward all afternoon, nearly scored with a powerful header and had a strong hand Costa's goal. An absolute menace in both boxes at his best.

Gary Cahill - 7 - Caught flat-footed on a couple of occasions but other than that another composed game from Cahill, who won 80% of his aerial duels.

John Terry - 8 - Chelsea's captain fantastic didn't lose a single header against Leicester and didn't commit a foul either. Together with Cahill the Blues have a partnership who will enjoy many more clean sheets this season.

Cesar Azpilicueta - 7 - Was again preferred to Filipe Luis and looked tigerish in the tackle as ever, pressing high and enjoying an intriguing duel with Riyad Mahrez, which he just about shaded as the afternoon wore on.

Nemanja Matic - 7 - His role is so important to Chelsea and today showed why, often the man charged with shutting down Leicester counters which gave the visitors huge encouragement during the first half. Not quite at full tilt and still found success with five tackles.

Cesc Fabregas - 8 - Another strong showing in his second Chelsea start. The Spaniard very nearly found Andre Schurrle with a magnificent chipped pass under pressure in the first half, and thanks to Hazard's quick thinking has another assist to his name. Fantasy football managers surely have to get this man in their team.

Andre Schurrle - 6 - Regular pacy bursts failed to mask some poor decision making in the final third from Schurrle, who had licence to roam but too often couldn't make it count.

Oscar - 7 - Question marks were raised when Fabregas was signed as to how Mourinho would fit all his playmakers into one team, they have probably been silenced after just two matches. Oscar has played an incredible amount of football for his age over the last two years but once again looked spiritedly today and can be very pleased with his start to the season.

Eden Hazard - 9 - Chelsea's diminutive Belgian has a rare ability to find space in congested areas thanks to a low centre of gravity and pace to burn, all those attributes were on show today. Hazard deserved his goal and one occasion in particular left Wes Morgan for dead and flicked an outrageous ball into the penalty area with the outside of his foot. So much fun to watch.

Diego Costa - 8 - Costa bagged the goal his efforts deserved but didn't have things all his own way in attack, with Wes Morgan and Liam Moore more than up for an aerial duel they largely shaded. Mourinho's new strike star is the kind of forward that never gives you a moment's peace though, with Chelsea fans recognising he did more than simply slam home the opener with a strong standing ovation when he was replaced by Didier Drogba late on.

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