How Chelsea's players rated in their 2-1 win over Tottenham
Chelsea extended their unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge over Tottenham for another year with a victory, coming from behind after Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with goals from Pedro on the stroke of half time and from Victor Moses in the second half to extend their run of consecutive wins to seven matches.
Thibaut Courtois – 6
The Belgian was sloppy at times, but cannot be held responsible for the fine strike which gave Spurs the lead in the opening stages.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
The Spaniard was the pick of the defence, and he looked comfortable and solid throughout. A natural in a central position, he kept a close eye on Christian Eriksen.
David Luiz – 6
Lauded for his performances of late, this was far from his best, but he has certainly had worse games in a Chelsea shirt. Intense physical battle with Harry Kane for much of the game.
Gary Cahill – 6
Cahill looked to organise the backline but frequently found himself occupied between Kane and Son Heung Min on the flank, struggling with his pace.
Victor Moses – 8
Superb display and he sparked life into Chelsea going forwards with his driving runs from deep to get into the Tottenham half and really pin them back.
N’Golo Kante – 6
Kept busy throughout with much of Tottenham’s play coming centrally, Kante wasn’t afford the space or time to help move his team forward but did defend well.
Nemanja Matic – 7
More influential than his midfield partner, Matic claimed an assist for Pedro’s pivotal equaliser and helped out Kante by dropping deep to monitor Spurs attacking runners from midfield.
Marcos Alonso – 6
Worked hard but had less of an impact than Victor Moses on the other flank, instead spending much of the game monitoring Son Heung Min and avoiding being dragged out of position.
Eden Hazard – 7
Creative and had that energy that was so sorely missing last season. The Belgian created space for his teammates and looked like scoring when cutting inside.
Pedro – 8
The winger was on top form as he made it three assists and three goals in three games at Stamford Bridge, but his pace and drive caused Tottenham real problems with their makeshift defence.
Diego Costa – 8
Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer couldn’t handle the power and strength of the dominant Costa, who was a pain in their sides from the first minute to the last, setting up Moses for his winning goal.
Willian (for Hazard, 77) – 6
Had little time to make an impact but got at Tottenham when he could.
Branislav Ivanovic (for Moses, 81) – 6
Added strength and height to the Blues defence late on.
Oscar (for Pedro, 83) – N/A
Too little time to have any influence.
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