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Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings

 • by Thomas McIlroy
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Champions Chelsea caused a massive upset at Wembley, beating Tottenham Hotspur courtesy of two Marcos Alonso goals.

After their 3-2 defeat to Burnley on the opening game of the season, the Blues were meant to be in a crisis and it doesn’t come too much harder than a London derby away to Spurs.

But Mauricio Pochettino‘s side’s Wembley woes continues, with Alonso grabbing a late winner after a Michy Batshuayi own goal put them back in it.

We’ve rated the players’ performances at Wembley. If you agree or disagree, tweet us at @FB_Whispers.


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Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris

Could do nothing about Alonso’s first goal but he had to save his second. 5

Kieran Trippier

Wasn’t too challenged defensively, but will need to do better in attack to prove he can replace Kyle Walker. Caught standing still for the winner. 6

Toby Alderweireld

Kept Álvaro Morata quiet alongside Jan Vertonghen. 6

Jan Vertonghen

After Morata got in behind him early on, the Spanish striker was quiet. That must be down to Spurs’ defence. Booked for a nasty challenge on Victor Moses. 6

Jan Vertonghen and Willian

Ben Davies

Constantly pushing forward in the second half as Chelsea failed to properly test the Spurs defence. Subbed. 6

Eric Dier

Booked for a challenge with his studs up on David Luiz. Wasn’t too challenged by Chelsea’s defensive outlook as a holding midfielder but didn’t create much and his role wasn’t needed. Subbed. 5

Mousa Dembélé

Looked his usual impressive self in the middle of the pitch, running the game and being involved in most Spurs attacks. Made a vital interception to stop Moses going through on goal. 7

Victor Wanyama

Solid in the middle of the pitch and constantly harrying. Him and Dembélé are thought of as one of the best midfield partnerships in the league and proved it once again. Dispossessed too easily for Alonso’s second. 6

Christian Eriksen

Caused Chelsea all sorts of problems. Always a threat and put in some great set pieces. Probably should have been on the winning side. 7

Dele Alli

Not his best game but won a lot of free-kicks at the edge of the box, including the one that led to the equaliser. 5

Harry Kane and Andreas Christensen

Harry Kane

Hit the post towards the end of the first half. Always a threat and ran Andreas Christensen ragged in the first half. Booked. 6

Substitutes

Son Heung-Min (Dier, 67′)

Quiet after coming on. Didn’t have the impact Pochettino would have hoped. 5

Moussa Sissoko (Davies, 79′)

Came on as Spurs pushed for an equaliser but was hardly involved. 5

Vincent Janssen (Trippier, 90)

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Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois

Massive save from Kane with just under half an hour gone. Claimed a lot of set pieces. Could do nothing for Batshuayi’s own goal. 6

César Azpilicueta

Chelsea’s captain in Gary Cahill‘s absence and played like John Terry – captain, leader, legend. He made a great block to deny Eriksen early in the second half. His passing was also impressive. 8

Andeas Christensen

Lucky to get away with a mistake in the opening 15 minutes where he let Alli get in behind. Kane had the better of him in the first half, but then which Premier League defender has it easy against him? Looked really solid in the second half though. 7

Antonio Rüdiger

Booked after half an hour for a foul on Kane. Looked the weak link in defence to begin with, but grew into the game. 6

David Luiz

Booked for a lazy foul on Eriksen at the edge of the box. Vital in stopping Spurs’ play in front of the back three. Making interceptions all game including the one that led to Chelsea’s second. 7

Victor Moses

The Blues undoubtedly look a much better balanced team with him playing. Didn’t stop running down the right and was always involved in Chelsea’s rare attacks. 7Bakayoko and Alderweireld

Tiemoué Bakayoko

All eyes were on him as he made his first start after arriving for £40million from Monaco. He was imposing and showed why the Blues let Nemanja Matić go. If this is him not fully fit, the Premier League should worry. 8

N’Golo Kanté

The best player in England last season showed why he has two Premier League titles to his name as he never stopped running. He may be known for his defensive work but was always pushing forwards. 7

Marcos Alonso

He’s been threatening to score a stunning free-kick for a while now and he did just that. Not many teams will want to give away fouls at the edge of the box on the right hand side against Chelsea.  He is very good going forward, maybe Lloris should have saved his second though. If he plays like this, Chelsea won’t rue missing out on Alex Sandro. 9

Marcos Alonso celebrates his first goal

Willian

Chelsea’s main outlet for the counter, Willian wasn’t hugely involved in what was a largely defensive performance. Didn’t stop running and will feel he could have guaranteed victory with his shot off the post. Subbed. 7

Álvaro Morata

Missed a massive chance in the opening minutes of the match. Often isolated up front and he won’t get a tougher test all year. A proper welcome to the Premier League. Didn’t stop and reminiscent of Didier Drogba at times defending set pieces. 7

Substitutes

Pedro (Willian, 77′)

Ran around a lot after coming on for Willian. 5

Michy Batshuayi (Morata, 77′)

As good as Morata was in the air, Batshuayi wasn’t as proven for his own goal. But him being in the middle left Alonso free to score his second. 5

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