Not too busy but did his job whenever he was called into action. Stoke never managed to fully extend him.
Got forward well at every available opportunity, though his final third decision-making has never been the best. Lost Arnautovic on a couple of occasions but got away with it.
Resisted the urge to wander too far out of position despite Matic's willingness to cover. A solid display. Unlucky not to score with a fiercely struck free-kick late on.
Walters gave him little to think about defensively and he even managed to put a rare good cross in to set up a Lampard chance.
Assured on the ball and showed good recovery instincts to get back at Arnautovic on one key occasion.
Looked relieved to be partnered with the disciplined Matic and got forward whenever he could, though his finishing touch surprisingly twice deserted him.
Tormented Cameron at will and skipped past challenges with trademark ease and constantly threatened to do something decisive without ultimately making the difference.
A very impressive full debut, neutralising Crouch's aerial threat from goal kicks, breaking up play and bringing his team upfield. Understated but mightily effective. Have Chelsea finally found their new Makelele?
Jose Mourinho's chosen playmaker, and he repaid the faith with a starring performance. His stupendous free-kick capped a bravura performance in which the Chelsea attack danced to his rhythm. Still only 22, his potential is frightening.
Led the line with energy and the confidence borne of his hat-trick against Manchester United. Unlucky not to score early on and although he didn't test Begovic often, he was a constant menace. Missed a sitter late on.
Kept the width well down the right flank and regularly drifted in to considerable effect. Unlucky to find only the post with a fierce shot in the second half.
Could do nothing more than stare in wonder at Oscar's sublime free-kick and was saved by his woodwork on a couple of occasions, but made good stops whenever he was called upon to make them. Made a brilliant late stop from a Luiz free-kick bullet.
Needed Shawcross to cover for him several times when Hazard and Eto'o threatened to break through and still fails to convince as a Premier League centre-back.
Fared reasonably well against Schurrle, though Hazard gave him more than he could handle whenever he drifted over to the right. Offered no attacking support.
Did his best to keep Eto'o with his back to goal but could not deal with Chelsea's midfield runners.
Troubled whenever Hazard deigned to run at him and never ventured over the halfway line to contribute to his side's scattered forays upfield.
Fired one first-half shot into the side netting when he perhaps should have worked Schwarzer. Was otherwise anonymous.
Offered his team a modicum of control in possession but could not prevent Chelsea dominating the midfield battle.
Battled away until he was withdrawn with just under 20 minutes to go but his passing remains as wayward as ever.
Chelsea's dominance meant most of his best work was done without the ball, and he got no chance to link up with Crouch.
Showed flashes of skill and threatened to get in behind Cole a couple of times early on, but had little impact thereafter.
Lively in the first five minutes but the presence of Matic nullified his aerial threat from goal kicks and prevented his team from building play up around him.