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PLAYER REVIEWS: Olivier Giroud scores again as Chelsea beat Leeds to take top spot in Premier League

Chelsea continued their fine form by beating Leeds 3-1 to make it to the top of the Premier League.

Goals from Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud in the second half sealed the win for Frank Lampard’s side, putting them a point ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool.

Here’s how each player rated in the clash at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Edouard Mendy – 7

Only scored his second league goal in seven Premier League games this season.

During the summer break from Rennes, he stayed calm to help his side win the three points

During the summer break from Rennes, he stayed calm to help his side win the three points

During the summer break from Rennes, he stayed calm to help his side win the three points

Reece James – 7

The English defender ended a good night by providing a telltale low center for his side’s tying run.

Kurt Zouma – 8

Underline his airborne threat by sending Chelsea forward to seal the Frenchman’s fine night work.

Thiago Silva – 7

Returned to the back four to provide a pristine presence and calming influence in possession.

Ben Chilwell – 7

The England fullback had finished his work with Leeds winger Raphinha, but did well.

Kai Havertz – 5

Significant spells of the Germans’ anonymity were interspersed with the occasional striking intervention.

N’Golo Kante – 8

Always on hand to extinguish danger and quickly launch his side on another counter-offensive.

Mason Mount – 6

Neat and unmoved on the ball, the midfielder’s play was a constant threat.

Hakim Ziyech – 5

Succeeded to an early thigh injury before he had a chance to impress.

Olivier Giroud – 8

Has repaid Frank Lampard’s confidence and has now scored on his last six Premier League starts.

Timo Werner – 6

Came up with an early contender for the miss of the season from virtually below the bar.

Subs:

Christian Pulisic (for Ziyech 30,) – 7

Mateo Kovacic (for Havertz, 67) – 6

Tammy Abraham (for Giroud, 79) – 6

Subs not used: Kepa, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho.

Leeds (4-1-4-1)

Illan Meslier – 7

Fortunately not to be punished for some erratic distribution, but made some nice saves.

Luke Ayling – 7

Solid defense and an important part of Leeds’ smooth counterattacks from the right.

Robin Koch – 5

The gamble limped early to play, the injured defender pays off.

Liam Cooper – 6

Reassuringly calm at the heart of Leeds’ defense, in contrast to a whimsical cameo from Diego Llorente next to the skipper.

Stuart Dallas – 7

Rarely does a disservice and this impressive 90-minute stint was no exception.

Kalvin Phillips – 8

The England midfielder underscored his quality by delivering a sumptuous pass to Patrick Bamford’s opener.

Raphinha – 6

The winger was in control of the ball and always a threat that hit his left foot from the right.

Mat Klich – 7

I’ve done a lot of unannounced work in the engine room to help tap Leeds.

Ezgjan Alioski – 7

Demonstrates a deft ability to turn defense into attack in another hard-working screen.

Jack Harrison – 4

He failed to make frequent appearances on the left side of Leeds to be satisfied with his performance.

Patrick Bamford – 8

He insisted it was just another game for his old club, but his eighth goal of the season will be one of his most special.

Subs

Diego Llorente (for Koch 9) – 4

Ian Poveda (for Harrison, 58) – 6

Rodrigo (for Alioski, 69) – 6

Subs not used: Casilla, Struijk, Roberts, Costa.

Referee: Kevin Friend 7

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