Spurs v Chelsea player ratings

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Marcos Alonso’s late goal gave Chelsea a dramatic victory over their London rivals. Here’s how we rated each player in Tottenham’s first home league game at Wembley.


Hugo Lloris: 6

A spectator for much of the game as his side pushed forward. Unable to keep out Alonso’s brilliant free-kick and will be disappointed to have let the ball squirm underneath him for the Spaniard’s winning goal.

Kieran Trippier: 5

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A welcome sight for Spurs fans after he was passed fit to play, but his lack of sharpness was evident. Gave the ball away on occasions and his crossing was wayward.

Jan Vertonghen: 7

Fortunate to escape with only a yellow card following a second-half challenge on Victor Moses. But he played well and there was nothing wrong with a fine tackle to rob Alvaro Morata near the edge of the penalty area after the striker had managed to get away from Toby Aldweireld.

Toby Aldweireld: 6

Largely solid but was caught out by Morata in the second half and might have done better in the build up to the winner.

Ben Davies: 7

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Did well going forward and his deliveries into the box were always threatening. Victor Moses gave as good as he got though and did get in behind the Spurs man at times.

Eric Dier: 6

Competed well but was sloppy on the ball in midfield, particularly during a second-half spell when the home crowd were getting restless as their team seemed to be running out of ideas.

Victor Wanyama: 5

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Didn’t have the impact he would have wanted in midfield, where Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante often had the upper hand and was able to set up counter-attacks despite Tottenham’s territorial dominance.

Mousa Dembele: 7

Fared better than Wanyama. Showed some deft touches and took up some great positions, linking play nicely with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane in particular.

Dele Alli: 6

Showed his quality in flashes, not least when he cleverly turned away from Cesar Azpilicueta and set up Kane, who hit the post. But the Spurs playmaker was short of his best.

Christian Eriksen: 7

Found the going tough in a tight midfield battle and Chelsea were able to play around him too easily at times. But he stuck at it and his deliveries were excellent. One free-kick almost led to a Spurs goal before another resulted in the equaliser.

Harry Kane: 7

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So unlucky not to score. Relentlessly pestered the Chelsea defence, saw one effort saved, another go narrowly wide and another hit the post.

Heung-Min Son: 6:

Didn’t manage to get into the game after coming on as a second-half substitute.


Thibaut Courtois: 7

Made some decent saves throughout but was not called into action a great deal despite lots of Tottenham pressure. Caught well and had no chance with the Spurs goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

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His superb cross set up a great early chance for Morata but Azpilicueta was not at his assured best in a makeshift back three. The Spaniard did look more comfortable than when moved to wing-back and his experience and ability to cover in behind began to tell after the interval with the Blues pushed back.

Andreas Christensen: 8

Made a total hash of an early long ball down the channel that could have easily led to a goal for Alli, but grew in stature and overall – particularly given the occasion – the Danish defender was outstanding. He made several crucial blocks and challenges and never let that early error affect him.

Antonio Rudiger: 6

The big German centre-back was far from convincing against the ever-alert and dangerous Kane but stuck to his task, winning his headers and keeping things simple on the ball.

Victor Moses: 7

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Moses made a most-welcome return at wing-back, providing his usual energy and ability to commit defenders. He was also solid in defence.

N’Golo Kante: 7

The player of the season last time out was unable to dominate in midfield from a slightly wider position but still impressed and was as busy as ever.

David Luiz: 7

A real mixed bag from the Brazilian in the first half as he adjusted to playing in midfield. He made several brilliant interceptions and vital challenges, but was also guilty of ball watching which led to him neglecting his defensive duties. He was much more composed after the break and his vital challenge, just as Tottenham were about to break forward, set up the winner.

Tiemoue Bakayoko: 8

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A hugely impressive display by the giant Frenchman. He will have been mightily relieved that his foul which led to Tottenham’s equaliser did not stop Chelsea from gaining victory, but he was otherwise excellent on his debut and lasted the distance despite not being fully fit.

Marcos Alonso: 9

Outstanding in the first half, even without his stunning free-kick. His attacking influence waned after the break, but he then popped up with the winner to cap a superb all-round display.

Willian: 8

Chelsea’s best actual attacking player, the Brazilian hit the post with a fizzing low strike and was bright, inventive and direct in attack.

Alvaro Morata: 5

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He missed an absolute dream of a chance early on, woefully mistiming his header and sending the ball wide from six yards. Morata also rarely managed to retain possession, but showed a glimpse of his quality with a twisting late run and shot that was deflected just wide.

Pedro: 6

Set up the winning goal and was lively and typically tenacious in his late cameo.

Michy Batshuayi: 5

Has made a habit of scoring off the bench and did so again, this time at the wrong end after getting in a bad position defending a free-kick.