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Koulibaly Gets 8, Havertz With 7.5 | Chelsea Players Rated In Heated Draw Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Chelsea entertained Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge earlier today as they hoped to earn all three points in the London derby. The Blues made a bright start to the game and got their noses ahead in the 19th minute courtesy of Kalidou Koulibaly’s excellent volley. The home team controlled the match well and went into the half-time interval 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Pierre Emile-Højbjerg equalised for the visitors in the 68th minute but Reece James regained Chelsea’s advantage with a good finish just nine minutes later.

The home team’s resistance was broken in injury-time as Harry Kane scored a last-gasp injury-time goal for Spurs. Thomas Tuchel’s men had their points stolen as they played out a heated 2-2 draw in the London derby.

Let’s take a look at how each Chelsea player fared during the clash against Spurs.

GK: Edouard Mendy – 6/10

Mendy hardly had anything to do in the game but made a good save in the latter stages. He will be disappointed after conceding two goals in the second half.

CB: Reece James – 6/10

The English full-back had a poor game at the back but scored a decent breakaway goal to restore Chelsea’s lead in the second half.

CB: Thiago Silva – 6.5/10

The Brazilian talent was tidy with his passing and was solid with his tackles.

CB: Kalidou Koulibaly – 8/10

Koulibaly scored a fantastic opening goal with a great volley. He gave a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field as well.

Thomas Tuchel
Thomas Tuchel

RM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 7.5/10

He anchored the midfield well and was quite lively in the opponent’s half.

CM: N’Golo Kante – 6.5/10

The Frenchman was full of energy and kept the ball moving quite well. However, he picked up an injury and had to be replaced in the 84th minute.

CM: Jorginho – 6.5/10

He was ball-watching at times at the back but engineered two good chances in the final third.

LM: Marc Cucurella – 7/10

Cucurella picked up an assist for setting up Koulibaly’s goal. He gave Chelsea some added width out on the left flank.

RAM: Mason Mount – 7/10

He got himself into some dangerous areas in the final third but lacked quality in front of the opposition goal.

LAM: Kai Havertz – 7.5/10

The German sensation completed some dangerous dribbles in the Tottenham half. He was quite aggressive with his pressing as well.

ST: Raheem Sterling – 6.5/10

Sterling linked up play well in the first half but was mostly quiet in the second.

Substitutes:

CB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10

The Spaniard added more energy to Chelsea’s backline.

ST: Christian Pulisic – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

CM: Conor Gallagher – N/A

Gallagher got himself into some good positions in the final third.

ST: Armando Broja – N/A

He came on for the final few minutes of the game.

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