Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Player ratings as derby ends all square

Tottenham 1 Chelsea 1: Player ratings from White Hart Lane as John Terry's header cancels out Gylfi Sigurdsson's opener

By Jon Naylor
Tottenham
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Chelsea
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Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris Once again showed his ability to come far off his line and clear danger, a trait unique in the Premier League. Twice came to the edge of the box to punch away crosses in the first half and a pulled off a superb save when rushing out to deny Schurrle. 8/10

Kyle Walker As usual, better going forward than at the back, he put in a decent running shift but didn’t outdo himself at either end of the pitch. Highlight was a deft back-heel which started the attack from which Paulinho hit the post. 6

Kyle Naughton Didn’t look out of place in a Spurs defence which has only conceded two this season. Held up admirably against the half an hour or so of incessant Chelsea pressure. 6

Michael Dawson Kept it pretty tight at the back and didn’t buckle under the second half pressure from Chelsea. Not as eye-catching a performance as Vertonghen, but ably assisted his centre-back partner. 6

Jan Vertonghen At times the proverbial rock upon which this hugely impressive Tottenham defence is based, but indiscipline cost him and his side dear. Several key blocks and headers to deny clear cut chances, but lost his head in a personal battle with Torres. Booked for a poor challenge on Ramires and the free kick led to the Chelsea equaliser. 7

Paulinho His midfield partnership with Dembele is looking promising. Regularly ran into the box to give an extra option in attack and perhaps should have scored when released late in the first half, but hit the post. Not as convincing defensively when Chelsea applied the pressure in the second half. 7

Moussa Dembele Strong defensively and dovetailed very well with Paulinho, coming forward and staying back alternately. A few majestic runs, where he glided past opponents, showed some of the class he regularly displayed at Craven Cottage. Imposing second half performance summed up by a superb ball for Defoe late on, which the striker should have done better with. 8

Andros Townsend Looks completely at home in a side that has been filled with wonderful international talent, his pace and skill on the right flank has ensured Spurs have scarcely missed Lennon during his absence. Great run and trickery in the first half capped off by a lovely ball into Paulinho, who struck the post. Failed to keep up his performance, though, and was withdrawn. 8

Christian Eriksen A regular threat and constantly on the ball in the first half, his willingness to find space was a source of encouragement for Spurs. Great ball to Soldado in build-up to first goal, but his influence dissipated in the second half and he was replaced. 6

Gylfi Sigurdsson Enjoying a goal-filled renaissance in recent matches and continued, scoring following a late burst into the box the likes of which Lampard has built his career on. Building up a strong understanding with Eriksen and Soldado, but didn’t see as much of the ball in the second half. A great turn and shot at the end might have won it but was wide. 7

Roberto Soldado Interestingly, his general forward play was better than the poaching instincts for which he was presumably bought. Laid on the first for Sigurdsson, but didn’t get into any scoring positions himself. Subbed off again as Spurs looked to freshen things up. 5

Substitutes:

Lewis Holtby A couple of decent dead balls, but not too much to write home about. Not as impressive a performance as some from earlier in the season. 6

Nacer Chadli Didn’t do much to suggest he should be starting ahead of Townsend. Not much of an opportunity to make an impact as Chelsea piled on the pressure for most of the second half, but far from a shining cameo. 5

Jermain Defoe Looked much livelier than Soldado when he came on for the Spaniard. Two good openings which he might have scored from. Maybe time for AVB to start the Englishman? 7

Chelsea

Petr Cech Marshalled his back four well and didn’t slip up at all. Not at fault for the goal and distributed fairly quickly to launch Chelsea attacks. 6

Branislav Ivanovic His strength and power was heavily relied upon when Spurs poured forward at times. Superb block to deny Paulinho when Chelsea were under pressure following the opening goal, but caught out of position on more than one occasion. 6

David Luiz Performed well after finding himself in and out of the side this season. His experience shone through in a display that belied his lack of game time. The centre back area is still one of real strength for Mourinho’s side. 7

John Terry Looked completely comfortable when in an aerial or physical tussle, but not so assured when playing out at the back under pressure. Showed his danger in the other box with a vintage Terry header to put his side level. 7

Ashley Cole Had his hands full with Walker and Townsend down the Tottenham right, a battle he struggled with in the first half. Still managed to get forward and put in a couple of dangerous balls, though. Looked more at home in the second half against the less effective Chadli. 6

John Obi Mikel Simply not capable of playing the quick, long diagonal balls that were a clear first half tactic from Chelsea in an effort to beat a high Spurs line. Endured one of those days where it seemed every ball he played forward failed to find a team-mate. Subbed at half time. 4

Frank Lampard Much more adept than Mikel at searching balls forward, a tactic that looked to be abandoned in the second 45. Plenty of running in the engine room and was more than happy to keep his positional discipline and allow those in front of him to shine. 7

Ramires Reguarly showed his frustration whilst in his secondary position on the right of a front three. Clearly better in the middle of the park, where he returned in the second half. Along with Lampard, provided the platform for a very strong second half showing from his side. 7

Oscar Just couldn’t get on the ball enough to make a significant impression in the first half, but improved once Mata came on. Could have scored with a well struck volley in the first half and nearly got on the end of a Torres cross. Not as creative as he could be, but a danger nonetheless. 6

Eden Hazard Found more and more space as Chelsea finished the first half strongly and continued this trend into the second. Not quite at his best but went on a couple of neat runs and played his part in the Chelsea front line. 7

Fernando Torres Did Mourinho find his ‘on’ switch at half time? An incident-packed second 45, with several fantastic moments interspersed with silly moments of indiscipline. Some great runs and brilliant passes to set up chances, but lost his cool frequently with Vertonghen. Very unlucky to see a second yellow for another incident with the Belgian, but might have been sent off before for another coming-together between the pair. If he plays like that for the rest of the season, he’ll surely find more reward. 8

Substitutes:

Cesar Azpilicueta Brought on in response to Torres’ red card. No influence at either end of the pitch, which isn’t really his fault. 6

Juan Mata The spark which ignited Chelsea’s much improved second half display. With their three primary creative forces on the pitch, his side looked far more dangerous. Supplied the dead ball for the equaliser, a role he fulfilled countless times in the previous two campaigns. 8

Andre Schurrle Had a great chance to score a winner as the second half wore on, but was denied by the onrushing Lloris. Slots in well with the rest of the attacking unit. 6

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