Aug 20, 2017

How the Tottenham players rated in their defeat to Chelsea

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There were fears that Tottenham would continue to struggle at Wembley this season and their first Premier League at the ground ended in a defeat. Chelsea were written off before the match, but they managed to deliver a winning performance to overcome their London rivals. Mauricio Pochettino picked a full-strength team and he will be worried by his players’ underperforming at their temporary home. Here are how their players rated during the defeat:

Hugo Lloris – The Frenchman will be disappointed by his effort to save the winner, as he should have kept it out. He rarely makes mistakes, but this was a costly one. 4

Eric Dier – It was a decent display from the 23-year-old, as he was aggressive when Chelsea had possession. He completed three ball recoveries during the match. 6

Toby Alderweireld – This wasn’t the Belgian’s best performance as he won only one aerial duel during the game. He didn’t offer much from set-pieces, despite Tottenham having a lot during the match. It wasn’t a bad display, but Alderweireld will know he could have done more to prevent the loss. 5

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Jan Vertonghen – The 30-year-old was probably the best of the three centre-backs, as he came out of defence to move his side up the pitch on several occasions. He picked up a yellow card for a rash challenge that was out of character. On another day, he could have seen red. 6

Kieran Trippier – It was a surprise to see his name on the team-sheet and it was clear that he was lacking match fitness, as he tired as the game progressed into the second half. He offered support down the right wing, but he couldn’t make anything happen in attack. 5

Victor Wanyama – The Kenyan was one of the best players wearing white on Sunday, as he completed three tackles and won four aerial duels. There are few better at dominating in the middle of the park and he did that against Chelsea. 7

Mousa Dembele – Tottenham have a balanced midfield and they both performed well during this match. Dembele made seven ball recoveries and was reliable in possession, as he completed 92% of his passes. 6

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Ben Davies – The Welshman was bright in attack and has improved that part of his game a lot over the off-season. He came close to scoring, but his deflected effort from range was saved by Thibaut Courtois. 6

Dele Alli – Although he showed some nice touches of the ball, he struggled to get into the game for sustained periods and that means he couldn’t make an impact. His movement was slightly off and he was marshalled well by the Chelsea defence. 5

Christian Eriksen – The Danish midfielder is excellent to watch and he caused problems for Chelsea on Sunday. His set-piece delivery caused problems all afternoon and it led to the equaliser. Tottenham couldn’t complete the turnaround, but they were given a chance by Eriksen. 6

Harry Kane – The striker must believe that he is cursed in August, as he once again failed to find the back of the net. He played very well aside from that, as he caused problems with his movement and came inches away from scoring as his first-half effort struck the post. 7

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Son Heung-min – He doesn’t look fully fit and that impacted on his impact, as he couldn’t get into the game as much as Pochettino would have expected. 5

Moussa Sissoko – He wasn’t on the pitch long enough to earn a rating. N/A

Vincent Janssen – Like Sissoko, he wasn’t on the pitch long enough to earn a rating. N/A


Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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