Lo Celso The Only Bright Spot With A 8/10 | Tottenham Hotspur Players Rated In Defeat To Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Giovani Lo Celso of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur slumped to a disappointing 2-1 loss against Chelsea as their poor form against top clubs continues. The Lilywhites went down early thanks to an excellent strike from Olivier Giroud in the 15th minute. The Blues looked the better side throughout the first half, dominating possession and creating numerous chances in the final third. Their dynamism definitely got the better of a Spurs side that looked unorganised at the back.

The visitors then failed to improve their performance in the second half and were bogged down by an early goal from Marcos Alonso. They looked clueless going forward and were simply outclassed in the end as Frank Lampard’s men bagged all three points.

Here are the Tottenham players rated in their defeat to Chelsea.

Tottenham Hotspur Players Rated In Defeat To Chelsea

Hugo Lloris 6

Should have done a little better in preventing Giroud from opening the scoring as he was beaten in his near post. He did, however, make a good save before that shot. Couldn’t have done anything to keep out the second either, thanks to an excellent finish from Alonso.

Japhet Tanganga 6.5

Tanganga was solid, as ever, defending the threat of Marcos Alonso on the right-hand channel. Made a couple of excellent runs in behind the backline too.

Davinson Sanchez 7

Sanchez did an excellent job in mopping up all the loose balls in defence and complimented the efforts of his defensive partners. But, he is still poor when it comes to winning duels.

Toby Alderweireld 7

Alderweireld had a mixed first-half. While his pass to Tanganga was exquisite, he should have dealt with Giroud’s run in behind the backline. His performance did not exactly improve after the restart, though his passing was still great.

Jan Vertonghen 6

Much like Alderweireld, Vertonghen should have done a lot better in dealing with the threat of Giroud in the first half. In the second half, he was notably beaten by Mason Mount thanks a clever turn from the Chelsea playmaker. Simply lacked the pace and mobility to deal with the pressure.

Ben Davies 5

It was a horrendous display from Ben Davies as Chelsea poured men forward from the left-hand side. The Welshman was absent in his defensive duties and also offered very little threat going forward. Looked like a misfit in the wing-back system.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22: Ben Davies of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Mason Mount of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Harry Winks 6

Winks has been one of Tottenham’s best performers lately. But, the young midfielder wasn’t up to the task against the dynamic Chelsea side, who hurried and hassled him throughout the game.

Tanguy Ndombele 7

Ndombele showcased his quality, at times, with some brilliant interceptions and tackles. But, he was on the receiving end of some nasty tackles from Ross Barkley and Co. He was ultimately taken off around the hour mark.

Giovani Lo Celso 8

Lo Celso was by far Tottenham’s most creative and promising player this afternoon. He looked menacing whenever he was on the ball, and his link-up play with Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn was simply exquisite. The Argentine was rather unlucky as he lacked support from his teammates.

Lucas Moura 6

Moura did well to combine with Bergwijn and Lo Celso, but his finishing was simply horrendous, especially in the first half. The Brazilian needs to do better if he is to replace Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.

Steven Bergwijn 7

Bergwijn once again showed a lot of promise with his offensive runs. His pace, coupled with his one-touch football with the likes of Lo Celso and Moura was Tottenham’s only source of creativity.

SUBSTITUTES

Erik Lamela 7.5

Offered a lot of energy and enthusiasm after coming on for Ndombele in the 63rd minute. Indeed, the Argentine was willing to close down the opposition, thus making Spurs more vigilant in the first line of press. He was, however, quite fortunate with the Antonio Rudiger deflection that found the back of the net.

Dele Alli N/A

Replaced Bergwijn in the 78th minute but failed to make the desired impact.

Serge Aurier N/A

Came in for Alderweireld in the final phase of the game and offered more support from the right flank.

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