PLAYER RATINGS: Spurs defenders excel as Dele Alli downs Chelsea

PLAYER RATINGS: Spurs defenders excel as Dele Alli downs Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco at Wembley Stadium in north London on September 14, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)


As a team, Tottenham were at their very best as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at White Hart Lane. But how did they perform individually?

Hugo Lloris, 7

A couple of dodgy passes — nothing new — but dealt with everything thrown at him.

Eric Dier, 8

His best performance as a centre-back this season. He’s looked unsure at the back at times, but he was so assured against an in-form Diego Costa.

Toby Alderweireld, 8

Excellent as usual. Kept his positional discipline as the middle centre-back and quelled Eden Hazard when he got in behind.

Jan Vertonghen, 8

Superb, just as he has been all season. Continued the current scorpion kick trend with a no-look clearance. Better than a goal, arguably…

Kyle Walker, 8

Got into plenty of advanced positions and provided the pass that led to both of Christian Eriksen’s goal-making crosses. Marked Marcos Alonso out of the game.

Danny Rose, 8

Flew into tackles throughout, upping the tempo whenever things looked to be falling flat. Like Walker on Alonso, Rose stopped Victor Moses providing a threat.

Victor Wanyama, 9

The back five was great; Wanyama was even better. Dispelled any worries of a second yellow card with a performance of composure, desire and pure strength.

Mousa Dembele, 7

Burst into the box early on with a trademark dribble but didn’t threaten often after that. Still, he worked well with Wanyama in protecting the defence until being subbed on 74′.

Christian Eriksen, 8

Misplaced a few passes in the first half and drew some groans, but his pintpoint crossing effectively won the game for the hosts. He’s the only Spurs player with that level of creative ability.

Dele Alli, 9

Another match-winning display from the man fast becoming Tottenham’s most important player. Both headers were brave and accurate, and his impressive movement put Spurs on the front foot.

Harry Kane, 6

Did barely anything right with the ball at his feet. But he kept the Chelsea centre-backs busy, giving Alli room to take advantage, and ran himself into the ground for the team. A hero even at 6 out of 10.


Harry Winks, N/A

Played 15 assertive minutes plus stoppage time, keeping his head and moving the ball well.

Moussa Sissoko, N/A

Came on with four minutes to go when Spurs were seeing things out.

Heung-Min Son, N/A

Don’t think he touched the ball in his two-minute cameo.


  1. One step on the ladder…
    Not our best game…gave the ball away too much, didn’t win the 50/50’s but I guess our position in the ‘block’ was more the important factor after we had scored, ergo our ‘wing backs’ were parsimonious in their forays.
    Goes to show that possession isn’t always the deciding factor in this game (we know all about that).
    I still wish C.E. that you would give just that little bit more… but two assists keeps me quiet for now…good on’ya!!!
    p.s. Both teams only had two attempts each on target…
    p.s. Our conversion rate is improving…not far off the PL average now…

  2. Harry Kane just wanders about with no energy or commitment. Get him out and Son in. Kane is slow and has poor touch and control. He can shoot well but that’s not enough. He is the teams weak link. Get busy or get out.

  3. So wrong about Kane. Usually provides the winner, especially in big matches. This time it was Alli, and it’s great to have a second in form striker. And both do so much more. Be happy!


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