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Full player ratings as Willian double seals Chelsea ‘century’ vs Spurs

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:33, 22 December 2019

Frank Lampard made it two wins from two against his former manager Jose Mourinho as Chelsea beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 on Sunday.

An incredibly impressive Chelsea side were fully deserving of their two-goal victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, controlling the game for the full 90 minutes and playing some truly tremendous football — two goals from Willian were enough to seal the deal.

Mourinho will be less than impressed with the performance put in by his Spurs players, who were lethargic and wholely off the pace.

Here’s how the players rated in a heated Sunday afternoon clash.

Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga – 3 – Pulled off an incredible Kung-Fu Panda impression to give the penalty away for Chelsea’s second goal. Spilled a Marcos Alonso shot in the second half and was very lucky to see Tammy Abraham, ruled offside when he poked in the rebound.

Serge Aurier – 4 – Plenty of energy going forward but was horrific defensively once again. Slow to react to Willian’s short corner for the first goal and struggled to deal with even the most simple deliveries toward him.

Davinson Sanchez – 5 – Struggled to cope with a fluid Chelsea attack and was slow and lethargic in possession.

Toby Alderweireld – 5 – Had a similar afternoon to his centre-back partner, with both Alderweireld and Sanchez having to do a lot of covering for their full-backs.

Jan Vertonghen – 4 – Lost out to Mason Mount and Cesar Azpilicueta time and time again, once again showing he really isn’t comfortable at left-back.

Moussa Sissoko – 6 – Tried to get Spurs moving with some driving runs and put himself about with plenty of energy. One of the few Tottenham players who can walk away from this with his head held high.

Eric Dier – 6 – Was overrun in the middle of midfield and struggled to cope with Chelsea‘s athleticism. Hooked at half-time as Mourinho introduced Christian Eriksen’s creativity.

Lucas Moura – 5 – A few flashes of attacking vigour here and there but nowhere near effective enough. Subbed for the final 15 minutes as Mourinho looked to reshape following Son’s red card.

Dele Alli – 4 – Inexplicably ducked his head out of the way for Chelsea‘s opener and failed to have the creative or goalscoring influence he’s shown so far under Mourinho. A very anonymous performance and wasteful with the ball when he did get it.

Heung-min Son – 3 – Was one of Tottenham‘s more threatening players during the first half and perhaps should have grabbed a goal just before the half-hour mark. Stupidly sent off for a petulant kick out on Antonio Rudiger on 60 minutes, leaving Spurs with an insurmountable task.

Harry Kane – 5 – Had just 28 touches of the ball and blazed his one real chance over the bar in the first half. A poor afternoon for the Spurs talisman.

Substitutes:

Christian Eriksen (for Eric Dier at half-time) – 4 – Introduced at half time to add some creativity for Spurs but had little effect.

Danny Rose (for Jan Vertonghen 75) – 5 – Arguably looked more convincing in 10 minutes at left-back than Vertonghen did for the other 80.

Tanguy Ndombele (for Lucas Moura 75) – 5 – Thrown into midfield as Mourinho tried to restructure his side but had little effect.

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Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga – 6 – Wasn’t overworked but carried out his duties professionally.

Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Admittedly made a meal of Son’s kick to get the winger sent off, but a red card was the correct decision. Marshalled a comfortable Chelsea defence well.

Kurt Zouma – 6 – Was probably expecting a much tougher afternoon against the likes of Kane, Son and Lucas but the Frenchman didn’t need to break a sweat.

Fikayo Tomori – 7 – Another mature performance from Tomori, who was rock-solid defensively and showed fantastic composure in possession.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7 – Motored up and down the right flank like a player five years his junior. Linked up well with Mason Mount and earned a deserved rest for the final 10 minutes.

N’Golo Kante – 7  – Neat, tidy and energetic. A typical N’Golo Kante performance where he did everything to the highest of standards. No real standout moments but helped the Blues control the game.

Mateo Kovacic – 8 – An absolutely brilliant performance again from Mateo Kovacic, who completed more dribbles (4) than any other player on the pitch and was on hand to play the quick one-two with Willian for his opening goal. Another fine performance in an impressive season so far.

Marcos Alonso – 6 – Was content to spend more time in the Spurs half as Chelsea pushed their rivals further and further back. Provided some trademark dangerous deliveries and was more solid than usual defensively.

Mason Mount – 8 – Showed bags of energy to lead a seemingly endless stream of Chelsea counter-attacks and linked up brilliantly with Willian and Abraham.

Willian – 9 – Absolutely sensational all afternoon, driving at the Tottenham defence and linking up brilliantly with his attacking teammates. Opened the scoring with a superb strike on 12 minutes and then bagged Chelsea‘s 100th goal against Spurs with a coolly taken penalty just before half time.

Tammy Abraham – 7 – Didn’t get his goal but looked a threat all afternoon, taking up some dangerous positions and keeping the Spurs defence on their toes throughout.

Substitutes:

Jorginho (for Mateo Kovacic 68) – 7 – Picked up where Kovacic left off, completing 96% of his passes to help Chelsea see out the game.

Michy Batshuayi (for Tammy Abraham 80) – 6 – Looked threatening for his short time on the pitch and had a couple of decent half-chances.

Reece James (for Cesar Azpilicueta 80) – 6 – Dangerous going forward during his cameo appearance. A perfect understudy to Azpilicueta.

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