Tottenham player ratings v Chelsea

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Harry Kane was once again the star man for Tottenham as they beat Chelsea 5-3 at White Hart Lane on New Years Day, but he was helped by a large supporting class as Tottenham put in their best performance under Mauricio Pochettino.

Kane scored twice and created two more, while Danny Rose, Andros Townsend (penalty) and Nacer Chadli made Tottenham only the third team after Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona to score five against a Jose Mourinho team.

Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and John Terry scored for the Blues in a pulsating game that went end to end as both teams showed defensive frailties.

Here are the Tottenham player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 7.5

Could do nothing with any of the Chelsea goals, while his smart save from Cesar Azpilicueta when the score was 4-2 was all important.

Kyle Walker - 7.0

Defensively solid, but after one run to the byline that produced a great cross that no one was there to meet, struggled to offer an attacking threat as the game became increasingly stretched. Some of his passing was poor.

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Danny Rose - 7.5

Struggled to deal with Eden Hazard and should have done better for the first goal, however more than made up for it by making a lung bursting run to score Tottenham's second goal. Improved his defensive work as the game wore on, and the level of his work was shown by his replacement's performance in the second half.

Federico Fazio - 6.5

Very strong dealing with crosses and high balls, but at the moment there always seems to be a fatal error waiting round the corner. However, his partnership with Vertonghen is producing results and if he can just remove the overplaying and indecision then he will be a very soild defender.

Jan Vertonghen - 7.5

Back to his stellar best. Now the defensive unit is fairly settled the big Belgium international performing to the standards expected.

Nabil Bentaleb - 8.0

Excellent game for the young Algerian. Had gone off the boil in recent weeks but was all action, breaking up the play, redistributing the ball, as well as making bursts forward. Showed more steel in midfield than previously, and the heightened tempo seemed to suit him.

Ryan Mason - 6.5

Did well until injury forced him off after barely fourteen minutes.

Andros Townsend - 7.5

Showed great composure to score from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time. Worked tirelessly, providing protection for Walker but had to be sacrificed as Spurs needed more central cover.

Christian Eriksen - 7.5

Played well, initially in the hole as he covered Nemanja Matic and then used his off the ball movement to expose the Blues back-line. Was moved to the left side after Paulinho came on and put in a good shift.

Nacer Chadli - 8.5

Arguably his best performance for Spurs to date. Showed greater urgency, better movement, and deserved his goal. With the one striker system, others need to fill in the forward position when the striker goes wide and Chadli was always there in support.

Harry Kane - 9.0

Simply immense. Changed the flow of the game when he beat several opponents and blasted home from 25 yards for his first. Then his hard work paid off when he won the penalty from Gary Chaill, before showing tremendous composure when he spun and slotted home is second, and rounded off his performance with another assist.


Mousa Dembele - 7.5

Took his time getting ready to come on, but after he settled he was part of a resolute midfield display. Was decisive with his play, strong on the ball and in the tackle.

Paulinho - 7.0

Brought on to make Tottenham tighter in the central area, and offered some fresh energy and attacking impetus.

Ben Davies - 6.0

Struggled with Hazard as Chelsea applied late pressure. Was not quite up to speed.

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