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Player Ratings: Chelsea at Tottenham #TOTCHE

Player Ratings: Chelsea at Tottenham #TOTCHE

WHITE HART LANE |  JAN 4TH, 2017

Chelsea lost to Tottenham on Wednesday, several hours later and it is still really irritating to say. However it’s more “Tottenham irritates me” than anything. Yes we lost, but 1 loss in the last 14 games is enviable. Oh and we won the other 13 too. I have decided to do a player ratings for this game and other televised games coming up and since there are no scientific ways to do such things it is based purely on my opinion. I expect no disagreement at all. Ratings will be done for the coach and all players who have either played most of the game or have massively influenced the game directly in a short time. 

Here are the ratings for Tottenham vs Chelsea:

Positives

Chelsea showed fight coming into the second half and would have perhaps made something more of the game had Tottenham not delivered the sucker punch in such a crucial period of Chelsea dominance.

Negatives

Mostly in individual performances. Chelsea should not be too worried about this result as it pertains to the system itself. The muscle and composure on Wanyama and Dembele gave Matic and Kante problems all day though it was the latter that suffered most due to his stature. It would be an area Chelsea will need to strengthen in the coming weeks.

Manager: 7 

Conte has been doing a great job of late and it is hard to fault him for Chelsea loss, but starting Pedro ahead of Willian for such a physically intense game was costly. Antonio Conte did make good substitutions however in taking off the ineffectual Alonso and switching Pedro to LWB, and with taking off Kante for Fabregas, the latter was more composed on the ball and allowed Chelsea to have a foothold in possession. It was just all a little too late.

Courtois: 8

Could do nothing about the first goal but could have been a bit more composed for the second. Made a vital stop in the first half to keep Chelsea on level terms at that moment. 

Azpilicueta: 6

Solid overall but was clearly targeted by Dele Alli whom he failed to mark closely for the second goal, allowing him a comfortable header past Courtois. 

David Luiz: 6

Unusually poor passes in the first half but contained Harry Kane very well through out the game. 

Cahill: 7

Solid throughout the game as well but failed to close down Eriksen twice. Was forced to do more because of Alonso’s performance but remained reliable through out. 

Moses: 6 

Was directly culpable for the first goal by not stepping up to maintain the offside trap. Was exposed in defence and did not offer much in attack in the first half partly because he received no help from Pedro whatsoever in the first half. He however grew into the game more in the second half and created more going forward. 

Kante: 5

Unusually dispossessed on several occasions. He was Bullied by Dembele all day, gave away possession cheaply effectively conceding the midfield to Tottenham. Increased in impetus in the second half and contributed to a few attacking opportunities. 

Alonso: 4

Offered no help whatsoever in defence, totally exposed by Kyle Walker. Was a non factor all night save for a couple of crosses in the second half and a rebound header towards which Hazard should have finished. Was rightly substituted in the second half. He will definitely have better days in the Chelsea shirt but Antonio Conte must be looking to strengthen that position.

Pedro: 4

Was exposed right from kick off, was unable to deal with the pace and physicality of the game and offered nothing defensively or offensively in the first half. Was constantly harassed out of the game by Danny Rose. His fracas with Diego Costa only highlighted both their frustrations and what Costa thought of his performance up to that point. His best displays on the night came in LWB were he replaced Alonso, put in some decent crosses from that position and perhaps surprisingly was not run over defensively by Kyle Walker. 

Costa: 5

Could no nothing all game, was very tightly marked and received no help from Pedro. Failed to link up with Hazard as usual. Pulled a good save out of Lloris in the second half though. 

Hazard: 6

Was unable to cope with the attentions giving to him by Eric Dier and Kyle Walker in the first half when he went forward. When he tried to receive the ball deep, was unable to deal with Victor Wanyama. He missed a glorious chance to put Chelsea ahead in the 5th minute, a chance that would have changed the game. Came out the brightest in blue for the second half, doing it all on his own with no help from his attacking friends. Still, again,  he missed the best chance of the second half, hesitating and then heading wide from a couple feet away from goal. Unlucky.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Willian: 6

Did much to maintain Chelsea’s possession when he came on, but failed to carve out any opportunities. Kept Vertonghen and Danny Rose occupied as Tottenham closed the game out. 

Fabregas: 7

Created and maintained possession for Chelsea. Immediately gave out attack more impetus and fluidity. Managed to create many attacking situation but was ultimately unable to influence the outcome of the game. 

Batshuayi: NR

Came in around the 85th minute and joined Costa in attack but looked out of place. Had no influence on the game at all.

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Match Review: Tottenham vs. Chelsea #TOTCHE

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