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Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea: Player ratings as Jorginho penalty downs lacklustre Spurs

Ross Jackson
Feb 4, 2021, 10:06 PM GMT
Chelsea celebrate opening the scoring
Chelsea celebrate opening the scoring | Clive Rose/Getty Images
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Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham slumped to their third consecutive defeat on Thursday night as Chelsea notched all three points thanks to Jorginho’s first-half penalty.

With both sides engaging in possibly the most turgid 20 minutes of football you're ever likely to see, Eric Dier did his best to add some entertainment by clumsily hacking down Timo Werner in the Tottenham box, with Jorginho dispatching the resulting penalty.

The home side saw a little more of the ball in the second half but in truth they never really looked like picking the Chelsea lock, with Carlos Vinicius spurning the best Spurs chance of the game as he skimmed his close-range header wide.

That's the match highlights out of the way, now on to those Spurs and Chelsea player ratings.

TOTTENHAM

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Eric Dier hacks down Timo Werner
Eric Dier hacks down Timo Werner | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Hugo Lloris (GK) - 6/10 - Nothing he could do about the Jorginho penalty. Produced a smart save from Mason Mount in the second half to keep his side in the game.

Serge Aurier (RB) - 6/10 - In fairness to the erratic full back, he showed a willingness and a drive to try and take Tottenham up the pitch - something which couldn't be said for many of his teammates.

Toby Alderweireld (CB) - 5/10 - Didn't know what to do with Mount as the Chelsea man dropped into pockets of space and continued to evade him.

Eric Dier (CB) - 4/10 - All that was missing was the Benny Hill theme. Total lack of awareness as he attempted to hack the ball away and instead kicked the back of Werner's calf, while he almost assisted a Chelsea second after needlessly firing the ball at Lloris.

Ben Davies (LB) - 5/10 - A bit of a nothing performance. Offered little in the way of an attacking threat, but was on the football pitch throughout - that's the best we've got. Targeted frequently by Chelsea during the first half.

2. Midfielders

Hojbjerg retained his place in the starting XI
Hojbjerg retained his place in the starting XI | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Moussa Sissoko (CM) - 5/10 - Ran around a lot without doing very much. Copy and paste from just about every Spurs player ratings you've ever read.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) - 5/10 - Did his usual job of sitting in the centre of the pitch and keeping it simple, but couldn't keep up with the Chelsea midfield.

Tanguy Ndombele (CM) - 5/10 - In a rigid system like Spurs' there needs to be a spark, and this man is one of the few in the team who can provide it - but Thursday night wasn't his night. His enthusiasm was evident but he just ended up running in circles in midfield.

3. Forwards

Spurs are relying on Son Heung-min to get the goals in the absence of Harry Kane
Spurs are relying on Son Heung-min to get the goals in the absence of Harry Kane | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Steven Bergwijn (RW) - 4/10 - Ever completely forgot a footballer was playing until they got the ball about 50 minutes in? Yeah, that.

Carlos Vinicius (ST) - 5/10 - Tasked with leading the Spurs line in place of Harry Kane. Isolated for much of the game and forced to feed off scraps. When his big chance arrived late on he couldn't find the target.

Son Heung-min (LW) - 5/10 - If Spurs genuinely harbour hopes of making the top four then this man needs to find his goalscoring touch. Difficult evening for him as he was shackled by the Chelsea backline.

4. Substitutes


Erik Lamela (RW) - 7/10

Lucas Moura (LW) - 6/10

CHELSEA

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Azpilicueta battles with Son
Azpilicueta battles with Son | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Edouard Mendy (GK) - 6/10 - One of the easiest games he'll play against a so-called 'top six' club. Decent handling but not much more to say other than a solid save from Erik Lamela late on.

Cesar Azpilicueta (CB) - 7/10 -
Cut the Spurs backline open with a pinpoint diagonal within the opening ten seconds. Set the tone for his evening and was classy throughout.

Antonio Rudiger (CB) - 7/10 -
Very solid display from the big German. Challenged for absolutely everything that came his way and wasn't afraid to battle with Carlos Vinicius.

Thiago Silva (CB) - 6/10 -
Did a very good job of stepping onto the toes of Vinicius and not allowing the Brazilian time to settle. Pulled his hamstring midway through the first half and was forced to hobble off.

6. Midfielders & Wing Backs

Jorginho hands his side the lead
Jorginho hands his side the lead | Pool/Getty Images

Reece James (RWB) - 6/10 - Was lucky to get away with a late challenge very early in the game. Took a little while to settle into the pace of the game but looked solid once he had done.

Jorginho (CM) - 7/10 - Ditched his usual stuttered run-up when taking the spot kick but dispatched his effort with ease. Sat at the base of the Chelsea midfield and kept things ticking over nicely.

Mateo Kovacic (CM) - 7/10 - A good display full of running and energy. Made a fantastic driving run towards the Spurs box in the second half but just didn't have the composure to provide the finish.

Marcos Alonso (LWB) - 6/10 - Retained his place in the Chelsea starting XI after his goal at the weekend. Played more like a winger than wing-back and provided constant width on the left.

7. Forwards

Timo Werner coaxes Dier into a foul
Timo Werner coaxes Dier into a foul | Pool/Getty Images

Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) - 5/10 - Kept himself busy down the Chelsea right but couldn't really get a foothold in the game.

Mason Mount (ST) - 8/10 - Played as a false number nine when Chelsea were in possession, dropping into midfield when they didn't have the ball. Did a brilliant job of picking up pockets of space and Spurs just couldn't contain him.

Timo Werner (LW) - 7/10 - The team sheet seemed to suggest he would play centrally but he spent a lot of time pulling out to the left and switching with Mount. Spurned a couple of opportunities but he continued to involve himself in the play and did well to win the penalty.

8. Substitutes

Andreas Christensen (CB) - 6/10

N'Golo Kante (CM) - 6/10

Christian Pulisic (RW) - 5/10

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