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Pedro Gets 8; Caballero With 7 | Chelsea Players Rated From Their Win Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Abhishek Majumdar
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After a promising first half in the match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, the second half saw the hosts take control of the match. The Blues kept pressing for the goal and finally got their reward in the 57th minute as Pedro sneaked the ball into the net through the legs of the Tottenham custodian Hugo Lloris. 

However, the highlight of the match remains the huge defensive error committed by Kieran Trippier as he passed the ball back past Lloris into his own goal. The 2-0 win comes as a major boost for the Blues after a poor spell in the Premier League as they head back to winning ways.

Here is how the Chelsea players were rated from their win against Tottenham Hotspur.

Willy Caballero: 7

Maurizio Sarri finally showed who is the boss as he fielded the veteran goalkeeper in place of the number one choice Kepa Arrizabalaga as an aftermath of the Carabao Cup fiasco. However, it turned out to be a very good decision as the Argentine dished out a very good performance and left the pitch with a clean sheet.

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

His darting runs down the right flank were too good for Ben Davies. Passed the ball to pinpoint accuracy to find Pedro who kept running with the ball and found the back of the net with his effort.

David Luiz: 6

Not a satisfactory first half from the Brazilian but came back well in the second half. Took a few knocks from the opposition players.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Kept his goal out of harm’s way with his brilliant display of tackles and interceptions. Kept the very dangerous Harry Kane under complete check.

Marcos Alonso: 6

Looked disappointing initially with his crosses and passes as he went up the pitch. Came back well later and made some important interceptions to dispossess Son off the ball.

Jorginho: 5

Nothing special from the Italian as he dished out another subdued performance on the night. Gave away the ball very cheaply on a number of occasions.

N’Golo Kante: 7

Great composure from the Frenchman in the midfield as he galloped ahead with the ball. Kept track of the opponents and fell back on occasions to dispossess them with crucial interceptions.

Mateo Kovacic: 6

A cool performance from the Croatian as he created a lot of space with his darting runs. Needs to work on his passing and shot making though. 

Pedro: 8

Star of the show for the Blues. Made some quick runs into the box and launched shots on the goal whenever got space. His classy footwork deceived the Tottenham centre-backs on a number of occasions on the night. Looked like a bundle of energy as he tracked back and made a superb tackle to deny Eriksen with a clean tackle in his own box.

Eden Hazard: 6

Looked a little subdued in the second half after having a decent first one but never looked like troubling the keeper. Was substituted in the second half.

Gonzalo Higuain: 6

Unlucky to hit the bar with his very first attempt of the match. However, did not look like a threat for the rest of his time on the pitch and was substituted in the second half.

Substitutes

Willian: 6

Did well with his crisp passing and nimble footwork in his limited time on the pitch.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek: NA

Played too little to warrant a rating.

Olivier Giroud: NA

Played a minor part in the second goal as it was his miscued header that went to Trippier before he diverted the ball into his own net. That’s that for the Frenchman’s contribution on the night.

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