Six Blues ranked among 100 best players in the world
ESPN FC published their annual list of 100 best footballers on the planet.
Cesar Azpilicueta is ranked as the 8th-best right-back
"Last season, he was among those who held Chelsea together as their form tailed off; this time around, he is excelling in a happier climate. Azpilicueta is an exceptional one-on-one defender, having played on the right side of three under Antonio Conte before returning to right-back this season. Azpilicueta's influence at Stamford Bridge cannot be overstated."
Marcos Alonso is ranked as the 7th-best right-back
"Last season Alonso was one of the few Chelsea players to enjoy himself, scoring eight times and posing a marauding threat from left wing-back. He occupies a more conventional role under Maurizio Sarri but still has licence to roam. His attacking instincts sometimes come at a cost - witness the ban he received in April for stomping on Shane Long - but that is all part of the package."
N'Golo Kante is ranked as the second-best central midfielder
"Kante refuses to stand still. His energy, lung-busting tenacity and swift recycling of the ball make him indispensable for Chelsea, where he is playing a slightly different role this season, operating ahead of Jorginho rather than in a holding position. Kante also partnered Paul Pogba in France's World Cup-winning campaign, freeing the Manchester United player to shine."
Jorginho is ranked as the 8th-best central midfielder
"It's obvious why Maurizio Sarri was so determined to beat Manchester City to the man who had been his metronome at Napoli - Jorginho has transformed Chelsea this season, helping rouse them out of their torpor by completing significantly more passes than anyone else in the league. He's also beginning to assume a pivotal role for Roberto Mancini's new-look Italy."
Willian is ranked as the sixth-best wide forward
"Willian has made more than 250 appearances in his five years at Stamford Bridge, the most memorable coming when he rose above the mess of their 2015-16 season to perform brilliantly. He dug in under Antonio Conte too, despite some differences with the ex-manager, and has fitted in well during their Maurizio Sarri-led revival."
Eden Hazard is ranked as the fourth-best forward
"Hazard admits he is at a crossroads. Does he hold out for his dream move to Real Madrid or sign a new deal that keeps him at Chelsea? Everything is going so well under Maurizio Sarri, but Real have a vacancy for a superstar, and Hazard, who is playing some of his best football ever, fits that bracket. He turns 28 in January and has one big last move in him."