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Shearer: James kept Zaha at bay like a seasoned pro

11 Nov 2019
Reece James and Wilfried Zaha

Chelsea right-back impresses Premier League Champion on his first start and earns a place in the Matchweek 12 Team of the Week

When it comes to Premier League opponents Wilfried Zaha is one of the toughest you can face, but on his maiden start Reece James handled the tricky winger like a seasoned pro. 

James shone in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, contesting more duels than any team-mate and making the most interceptions.

The right-back's performance caught the eye of Premier League Champion Alan Shearer, who put the teenager straight into his Team of the Week.

"What a first start," said the competition's all-time leading goalscorer.

"The 19-year-old was head-to-head with dribble king Zaha but bossed his battle with the winger."

Ben Foster (WAT) NOR 0-2 WAT

A second Team-of-the-Week performance in a row! A clean sheet and a first win of the season that included a succession of great saves. 

Reece James (CHE) CHE 2-0 CRY

What a first start. The 19-year-old was head-to-head with dribble king Zaha but bossed his battle with the winger.

Jonny Evans (LEI) LEI 2-0 ARS

Getting better with age. At 31 he has become a key cog in one of the league's best teams.

Dejan Lovren (LIV) LIV 3-1 MCI

A superb defensive display including a vital block to deny Raheem Sterling a goal on his Anfield return.

Andrew Robertson (LIV) LIV 3-1 MCI

His passes up to the forwards and crosses into the box, including an assist for Mohamed Salah, were fantastic. 

John Lundstram (SHU) TOT 1-1 SHU

Yet another impressive display. He covered more ground than anyone else on the pitch and ran the midfield.

Fabinho (LIV) LIV 3-1 MCI

Immense. A great goal from long range and his closing down and tackling was non-stop.

Mateo Kovacic (CHE) CHE 2-0 CRY

Silky passing and dominant throughout. Jorginho starred last week but Kovacic ensured Chelsea did not miss their suspended midfielder.

James Maddison (LEI) LEI 2-0 ARS

Scored a great goal and his all-round touch and technique was very impressive.

Marcus Rashford (MUN) MUN 3-1 BHA

Pace and trickery. He scored a sixth goal of the season and was a constant threat going forward.

Jamie Vardy (LEI) LEI 2-0 ARS

A goal and an assist. The Premier League's top scorer is leading by example for the fantastic Foxes. 

Manager: Brendan Rodgers (LEI

What a job he is doing. Leicester City dominated Arsenal and their fine form shows no signs of stopping.

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