With a second straight 1-0 victory, Jose Mourinho proved once again that he is a master at leading a team to narrow victories. The opponent this time around was red hot Manchester United, who failed to break down Chelsea's sturdy defense. Chelsea began the match seven points clear of second place Arsenal and a match winning goal by Eden Hazard lifted the Blues to a firm ten point lead in the title race.

Manchester United dominated the match with 70% possession and 15 shots but failed to hit the back of the net or seriously trouble Thibaut Courtois. United's best chance fell to Wayne Rooney in the first half but the Englishman failed to put his side footed effort on target. Another great opportunity came to Radamel Falcao in the second half who sent Courtois the wrong way but smacked his shot off the woodwork.

Chelsea now find themselves two victories away from Premier League glory.

GK Thibaut Courtois: 7

Manchester United ending the match with 70% possession should mean that Thibaut Courtois had a busy day, but the Belgian was only asked to make two saves to keep his clean sheet. He displayed his massive stature by easily gathering possession on several Manchester United balls in the box.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 8

Left exposed by Oscar in the first half but dealt well with the pace of Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. His strength was vital in Chelsea's containment of Marouane Fellaini, as was the rest of the back line.

D Gary Cahill: 7

It has been a shaky past few months at the back for Gary Cahill but today's performance shows he is still a solid central defender. Still yet to regain his form from last season though.

D John Terry: 8

The elder statesman proved yet again why he is called Captain Leader Legend. John Terry marshaled his back line to yet another clean sheet and made many vital tackles; the most important being the brutish challenge on Radamel Falcao that led to the only goal of the match.

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 8

Posed and reliable, a standard Cesar Azpilicueta performance. Manchester United attackers found it hard to make any leeway on Dave's side of the pitch, fancying their chances against the lonely Branislav Ivanovic.

M Cesc Fabregas: 7

Moved the ball quick and consistent with his passing. The ignition for Chelsea's quick counter attacking philosophy. The Spaniard is beginning to regain his form from the first half of the season.

M Nemanja Matic: 9



In the first two minutes of the game Nemanja Matic easily shrugged off pesky challenges from Wayne Rooney and Radamel Falcao. The Serbian continued displaying that power and bullied the Red Devils as the game went on. He made tackle after tackle, thwarting any danger from the midfield and protecting the four defenders behind him. His ability to dispossess along with his positional awareness made it impossible for Manchester United to gain any real ground on Thibaut Courtois's goal.

M Kurt Zouma: 7

Zouma was placed in the Chelsea lineup to follow Marouane Fellaini around the pitch, a job he did well. One of the few players to give the Belgian competition in the air this season.

M Eden Hazard: 8

Once again a sizzling performance from Eden Hazard. He electrified the Chelsea counter attack, often times going at Manchester United by himself. Slid the ball between the legs of David De Gea after being played in by an Oscar backheel. Cementing his position as the favorite for player of the year.

M Oscar: 6

The Brazilian left Ivanovic alone to solely deal with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw bombing up the left side of the pitch in the first half. He improved his defending in the second half, making several robust challenges to solidify Chelsea's game plan. His creativity sparkled with a back heel assist to Eden Hazard but has yet to consistently display that kind of play this season. Still lacking going forward.

F Didier Drogba: 7

The two words that describe Didier Drogba's performance: Old and wise. Slow on the counter attack but experienced and strong in his hold up play.

M Ramires: 6

Came on for his defensive qualities over fellow Brazilian Oscar.

M John Obi Mikel: N/A

A stoppage time appearance. Good to see the Nigerian fit again.

M Willian: N/A

A stoppage time substitution after Eden Hazard took a knee to the back of the head.

Man of the Match: Nemanja Matic 

Slow starting Chelsea came to blows with a compact QPR team on Sunday afternoon. Chelsea started the day four points off second place Arsenal and a 1-0 win at Loftus Road meant their lead rose to seven.

The game started off slow and never really gathered any pace. Chelsea dominated play with 60% possession but it was QPR who had the best of chances, including two shots on goal from inform Charlie Austin. Chelsea were searching for their 100th goal of the league campaign and Cesc Fabregas achieved that with an 88th minute winner.

A scrappy game overall but Chelsea walk away smiling as they continue to express their ability to play poorly and take home all three points.

GK Thibaut Courtois: 7

Courtois the busier of the two goalkeepers and came up big when Chelsea needed him, including a second half stop on a Matthew Phillips strike in the box. He also stopped a sizzling effort from Charlie Austin in the first half. Solid hands and reflexes from the Belgian throughout the match.

D Branislav Ivanovic: 3

Shaky all game, both going forward and defending. His passing was poor and didn't provide the quality service into the box that is expected from him. One of his least impressive performances of the season.

D Gary Cahill: 4

Cahill continues to lack the quality he displayed last season and earlier this campaign. The chemistry he once had with John Terry appears long gone. A poor back pass to Courtois was evidence of his low confidence.

D John Terry: 5

An average performance from the captain. Solid in defense but nothing spectacular. As expected, heard it from the QPR fans upon every touch.

D Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

The best performance by a member of the back line. Exhibited his excellent one on one defending when put to the test by a QPR attacking player.

M Nemanja Matic: 6

Matic's passing was off to start the match but as time waned on he grew into the game and influenced play more. Had a few instances of miscommunication with Cesc Fabregas.

M Cesc Fabregas: 7



Not the most cultured performance from the Spanish international, but a goal that further clinches Chelsea's grasp on the trophy calls for praise. A smooth side footed effort from an Eden Hazard pass gave Chelsea all three points.

M Ramires: 4

Little to no influence on the match. The Brazilian has struggled to find a foot in the first team this season.

M Willian: 4

Struggled with his passing in the opening stages of the match, as did most of the squad. Never really made his presence known in the match.

M Eden Hazard: 6

QPR put heavy focus on Hazard and made sure he wasn't the player to beat them. That was until Robert Green's poor goal kick landed at the Belgian's feet in open space. Once in the box Hazard sucked in the defense and slid a well weighted ball in the path of Cesc Fabregas.

F Didier Drogba: 4

Started off the match making lovely runs behind the defense that Fabregas failed to pick out. As the clock counted on he began to lose his vitality and show that the league might be past his years. But who knows, maybe he just needs match fitness.

M Oscar: 6

Been lacking quality the second half of the season but today provided a spark of energy in the second half to an uninspired Chelsea squad. Chelsea had more going forward after the introduction of the midfielder.

M Juan Cuadrado: 4

Yet to make an impact since his January move from Florentina. He has yet to have consistent playing time to be fair.

D Kurt Zouma: N/A

A stoppage time substitution. Not enough time to have any real impact.

Man of the match: Cesc Fabregas 
10. Eden Hazard
The skillful Belgian comes in at number ten. His dribbling is original and his pace on the ball is electrifying.+ Certainly one for the future as Jose Mourinho molds him into one of if not the best footballer in the world.


9. Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez makes the headlines almost every instance he takes the pitch, sometimes for the wrong reasons. Hopefully his biting problem is behind him and he gets back to scoring goals.


8. Sergio Aguero
Sergio Aguero is leading the league in scoring at this point. He is also dragging Manchester City in an attempt to keep pace with sizzling Chelsea. The battle for the Premier League golden boot with Diego Costa will be a fun one to watch.


7. Manuel Neuer
A goalkeeper, yes a goalkeeper. Manuel Neuer might better be classified as a midfielder who is good with his hands. Along with his sweeper abilities he is quick to react at shots and confident in gathering possession. He is the focal point of what is probably the world's best defense.


6. Thiago Silva
The older generation might call Thiago Silva a Rolls Royce but I prefer to think of him as an Apple product. Extremely smooth on the ball, well positioned and beyond technically gifted for his position. Head and shoulders above any other defender. The Brazilian duet with David Luiz could prove to be the best pairing in Europe as the extravagant center half seems to be more at home when playing with Silva.


5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
When inform, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is easily in the top three in the world, if not number one. His eye for goal is second to none and he always puts on a show for the crowd. This isn't to say he goes overboard with his skills but the Swede tends to always score delightful goals.


4. Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale's pace and power would be second to none if not for his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who  himself plays on another planet. Every time Gareth Bale touches the ball it looks like he is going to score an eye-popping goal and most of the time he does. His left foot fools goalkeepers match after match and his blinding pace is a scare for any defender. Sadly he somehow found himself in a battle for a starting spot with Isco which has led to shocking rumors of his departure. Few people could pay Gareth Bale money but if they do purchase the winger they might still feel they got what they paid for.

 
3. Neymar
Brazil's poster boy finds himself in the spotlight frequently and he deals with it by bagging more and more goals. His fun in the World Cup was cut short with a back injury but he has found soaring form in his second year at Barcelona, linking up superbly with Lionel Messi.


2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is probably the greatest footballer of all time, but he finds himself in second place on this list. The Argentine is a technical genius with a knack for always finding the back of the net. His ability to find his teammates has shone this season in his linkup play with Neymar. The combination of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and the previously mentioned Brazilian is a scary trio for defenders to deal with.
 

1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Simply the best. He scores more goals than everyone else, simple as that. He scores with his head, his right foot, his left foot. Cristiano Ronaldo is the perfect forward. There is no kryptonite for this Superman.




The Premier League is in full swing as Match Day 11 has just been completed.  England is full of stars playing at their full potential alongside others who are surpassing the limits that were set for them this season.  With the International break upon the football world, now is a good time to begin the "Premier League Player Power Rankings" series.

10. Eden Hazard (Chelsea Football Club)

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The young Belgian is beginning to show the form that he displayed much of his first season at Stamford Bridge.  Hazard is one of few Chelsea players who seems to have his Starting XI spot on lock under Jose Mourinho.  Match Day 11 was saved from disaster for Chelsea as Eden Hazard stepped up to nail the equalizing penalty in stoppage time, netting his fourth domestic goal of the season.  Mourinho expects Hazard to become one of the best players in the world and hopefully he will fulfill his manager's expectations.

9. Dejan Lovren (Southampton Football Club)

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Dejan Lovren is quickly exhibiting to the Premier League how good of a defender he can and will be.  The central defender has been instrumental in Southampton's early season form, leading his club to an astonishing third spot in the table.  Many players struggle in their first season in England but Lovren has adapted well to the lifestyle and looks to be getting better every match.

8. Loic Remy (Newcastle United Football Club)

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Loic Remy is proving to be the loan move of the season as the Frenchman has netted seven league goals in nine appearances.  Remy banged in the winning goal in the thirteenth minute as Newcastle shocked Tottenham at White Hart Lane, giving Newcastle their second straight victory over a London club.  Remy does not look to be slowing down any time soon, Newcastle could be on route to make a run at a European spot in the table.

7. Robin van Persie (Manchester United Football Club)

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United have started slow in the league to say the least but this is far the case for their front man Robin van Persie.  The Dutchman struck gold as he scored the decisive goal in the colossal victory over his former Gunner mates.  This brought his tally to seven goals for the season, a number that keeps him well in striking distance for the golden boot.

6. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool Football Club)

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Daniel Sturridge is quickly proving all of his doubters wrong who doubted he could play in the center forward role, mainly Chelsea Football Club.  The Englishman sits atop the scoring charts alongside his running mate Luis Suarez with eight goals.  He has been instrumental in Liverpool's early season success and looks to have played his way into England's World Cup plans.  Steven Gerrard definitely is having the time of his life playing alongside two of the league's supreme talents.

5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal Football Club)

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Mesut Ozil has quickly stamped his name on the Premier League, assisting Arsenal to a top of the table position.  The German pulls the strings to the "Wengerball" style and seems to have everyone at Arsenal playing well.  A bump in the road at Old Trafford may have slowed down the German's takeover of England, but Ozil will be back to show the goods when league play resumes after the latest international break.

4. Adam Lallana (Southampton Football Club)

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The longtime Southampton midfielder is showing England his star potential in this Barclays campaign and has his team sitting in third place.  Lallana received a call up to the England National Team this week and followed up the news with a stunning goal versus Hull City in Southampton's 4-1 victory.  Lallana has the talent to keep the top floor play up and hopefully he will continue to grow along with the Saints.

3. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City Football Club)

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Sergio Aguero has been scorching the pitch all season for Manchester City as he sits tied atop the scoring leaders with eight goals.  The Argentine looks to have put last season behind him, returning to his title winning form for the Citizens.  Aguero could not find the net as City fell to whipping boys Sunderland but he will soon be back, lighting up the scoreboard at the Ethiad.

2. Luis Suarez (Liverpool Football Club)

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Luis Suarez is tied with Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero with eight league goals even after having to finish up his ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic.  The Uruguayan is easily Liverpool's most talented player and maybe the most skilled player in the league.  He continues to makes defenders look a fool with his dribbling and sublime finishing.  Suarez goes down as the favorite to win the golden boot thus far in the season and possibly could lift the Premier League trophy as well.  Every Premier League side should fear Suarez when Liverpool comes to town.

1. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal Football Club)

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Aaron Ramsey was dipped in gold over the off season and sits atop the Match Day 11 Rankings. Ramsey looks like a totally different player this year as the Welsh midfielder has led the Gunners to the top spot in the Premier League.  Ramsey has six goals in the league along with four assists, better numbers than the rest of his Arsenal career combined.  Ramsey was off-put at Old Trafford this weekend with the shockingly dumb move by Arsene Wenger to play him out of position but Ramsey will surely be back to top form in Arsenal's next match.