Chelsea looked to retain the top spot on the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday, in a match up against Norwich City, and that's exactly what they did. If you were waiting for a match to show off all the "New" Chelsea has to offer, this was the match to watch. The midfield trio of Hazard, Mata, and Oscar were firing on all cylinders and absolutely smothered possession. Easy win for the Blues with a 4-1 scoreline, lets take a look at how each footballer performed.
GK Petr Cech: 7.5
Good performance out of Cech, came through when called upon, but let in a goal.
D Ashley Cole: 8.0
Typical Ashley Cole performance; didn't let anyone by and was great in attack. Looked likely to score throughout the whole match.
D John Terry: 7.5
With the FA controversy still looming the captain put in a pretty good performance, but didn't look 100% and it showed on Norwich's only goal.
D David Luiz: 7.5
David Luiz looked sort of disinterested in the first half but came out in the second half to show his world class defending and attacking.
D Branislav Ivanovic: 8.5
Great performance from the Serbian, was brilliant in defense. Ivanovic also scored a delicious volley in the second half adding to the assist on Fernando Torres's goal. Hard to see Azpi get any playing time with the way Ivanovic is playing.
M Frank Lampard: 8.0
Vintage Frank Lampard performance, including a vintage Frank Lampard strike from outside the penalty area. By far the Englishman's best performance of the season. Hard to see him push permanently back into a starting role though with his lack of defending.
M John Obi Mikel: 8.0
Mikel was, well Mikel today, nothing really special, but still a great performance. He quietly goes about his business and is a stonewall in defense.
M Juan Mata: 9.0
Easily in the best form of any footballer in the world, his last five performances have been close to perfect. He was strong in every attack vs Norwich and was a nightmare for defenders. Every touch and pass is put exactly where he wants it and he is doing whatever he feels like at the moment. Dictates play like no one else in the Premier League and it is an embarrassment that he is not getting called to International duty.
M Oscar: 8.0
Oscar gives a dynamic to Chelsea that Blues supporters have never seen. He is very skillful and his touch lands wherever he wants it to, a prime example of "Brazilian Football." He wove through Norwich defenders like they were just traffic cones and looked likely to score all match. The youngster is still figuring out the Premier League and it's not going to take him very long.
M Eden Hazard: 8.5
Juan Mata really is overshadowing the performance of Eden Hazard. The Belgium international showed why he is dubbed to be the "Next Messi." Hazard scored a lovely finesse shot on a ball from Juan Mata, that was struck with perfection. Agent Hazard also clearly drew two penalties, but the ref thought otherwise. It really is looking like Hazard is being marked by refs as a diver, but they all will realize their mistakes when they see the replays.
F Fernando Torres: 7.5
Fernando Torres found the back of the net with a thumping header in the first half to start the Chelsea out-pour of goals, but he should have netted 2 or 3 more. Torres still doesn't seem to be fully confident in his shots and from time to time it shows. At the moment you don't know what Torres will come out when he receives a chance at goal.
D Cesar Azpilcueta: 7.0
Came on for his first Premier League action, had a lot of first touch nerves but looked good.
M Ramires: 7.5
Came on for Frank Lampard and bolstered up the defense to end out the match.
M Oriol Romeu: 7.0
Came on for Mikel for ten minutes and got a shot off, but really didn't see much action.
Man of the Match: Juan Mata