Sunday, 20 August 2017

Chelsea player ratings against Tothenham

Chelsea player ratings: Antonio Conte's team rated and slated in 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley

1. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper), 8/10 – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at each Chelsea player's rating

Harry Kane gave Courtois a tough time of it, but the Belgium international wasn’t intimidated by the past two seasons’ top scorer. He kept the Spurs players at bay, but could do nothing to prevent Michy Batshuayi’s own goal.

2. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre-back), 7/10

It was a typically assured performance from Azpilicueta. The most experienced player in Chelsea’s defence, he once again played a key role in a win for his team.

3. Andreas Christensen (centre-back), 7/10

It was the Denmark international’s first start in a Chelsea shirt and it won’t be his last this season. He was shaky at times in the first half, but his second half display was excellent. He grew into the game, making a number of crucial blokes, and looked assured in a back three.

4. Antonio Rudiger (centre-back), 6/10

Rudiger’s debut last weekend was poor and his performance today wasn’t much better. He lacks the composure needed for a back three and could take some time to settle into the Chelsea defence.

5. Victor Moses (right wing-back), 6/10

Moses struggled out wide, with Dele Alli and Harry Kane getting the better of him on more than one occasion. It’s not a surprise Conte reportedly wants further competition at wing-back.

6. Tiémoué Bakayoko (centre midfield), 7/10

Bakayoko didn’t let a lack of fitness show in his first start and appearance for Chelsea. The Frenchman has only just come back from knee surgery and Antonio Conte would have preferred not to have thrown him into the starting line-up so soon. But the signs are that he’ll be a key player to the Blues’ season.

7. David Luiz (centre midfield), 7/10

With suspensions forcing a change in setup and personnel for Antonio Conte, David Luiz was thrown into central midfield and it was evident he was playing out of position. While he was effective defensively, a lack of discipline was problematic, with the Brazilian at times running around the pitch aimlessly. But it was his interception that led to Alonso’s winning goal.

8. N'Golo Kante (centre midfield), 7/10

Kante’s standards never seem to drop, as he was crucial yet again in midfield. He deserves huge credit for his tenacity in the lead up to Chelsea’s winning goal.

9. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back), 10/10

Alonso opened the scoring for Chelsea with an exquisite free kick in the first half and netted the winner in the final few minutes. It was a superb all-round display, at both ends of the pitch, from the Spaniard.

10. Willian (attacking midfield), 5/10

Playing in a number 10 role, Willian left much to be desired in his creativity. His decision-making was poor and too often he slowed the pace of the game down. Chelsea are really missing Eden Hazard in attack.

11. Alvaro Morata (centre forward), 6/10

With Tottenham dominating possession, Morata cut a lonely figure up top, particularly in the second period. He should have scored early on, but did look dangerous whenever given an opportunity in the box. The Spaniard also held the ball up well for his team-mates. Michy Batshuayi will struggle to get back in the starting line-up.

12. Pedro (substitute), 6/10

Pedro was effective in the final few minutes, playing a part in the winning goal, and there will be plenty of fans hoping he gets in the team ahead of Willian next time out.

13. Michy Batshuayi (substitute), 5/10

Within seconds of his introduction to the pitch, it looked as though Batshuayi had cost Chelsea three points. An own goal from the Belgian handed Spurs an equaliser, but fortunately Alonso was on hand to cancel his blunder out.

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