Opinion: Tottenham player ratings from the awful 2-0 defeat to Chelsea

Tottenham Hotspur made it three defeats on the bounce this evening, with Chelsea dismantling the Spurs back four without ever having to get out of third gear.

Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:

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Guglielmo Vicario – 6 – Can’t say there were any blunders from Vicario but he also didn’t have much of a save to make. Looked a little nervy in those early set-pieces once again.

Pedro Porro – 4 – Without Udogie, Spurs really need Porro to step up in those number 10 positions. He played a few nice passes in behind tonight, but for the most part, he was sloppy on the ball.

Cristian Romero – 6 – The only Tottenham player who consistently looks to play progressive forward passes every single time he gets the ball. Missed an absolute sitter to make it 1-1 though.

Micky Van de Ven – 5 – Struggles more with the ball at his feet than Romero. Would love to see him break the lines more using his strength and pace because when he does, it causes problems.

Emerson Royal – 3 – Looked all over the place against Palmer and Madueke, especially on his weaker left foot. An area of the pitch Tottenham need to look at this summer.

Yves Bissouma – 3 – What has happened to him? The Bissouma of the first 10 games ran the show week-in week-out. Since the turn of the year, he has barely finished a full match.

Pape Matar Sarr – 3 – All over the place today. Played with his head down far too much, gave the ball away in dangerous positions, and didn’t look to play the ball forward which annoyed Postecoglou.

Dejan Kulusevski – 3 – We seem to go through a pattern with Deki. He plays well enough to earn an audition in the number 10 role, then absolutely flops when given the chance. Didn’t have the necessary quality on the ball tonight and was so far off the pace when tracking back.

Brennan Johnson – 4 – Got some dangerous crosses into the box at times but they were often a little aimless and sometimes there were better options on the cut-back if he got his head up. Missed a great chance at the back post to get Spurs back in the game too.

Richarlison – 4 – Barely got a kick of the ball but you can’t fault his work rate. Pressed all evening long and deserved to get something that resembled actual service in and around the box.

Heung-min Son – 3 – We have to hold him to such high standards and they weren’t met today. Coming up against the most inexperienced player on the pitch, Son should have run the show tonight but he barely threatened the Chelsea box, let alone the goal.


James Maddison – 4 – Had a chance to grab the game by the scruff of the neck off the bench but fell short of that. Popped the ball around well and was definitely an upgrade on what Spurs had on the pitch, but didn’t exactly set the world alight.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 4 – Spurs had more control in the second half but Bentancur added little more than fresh legs, especially when compared to what we know he can deliver. Missed two very good chances.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 3 – A pretty horrible cameo filled with poor passes, silly fouls, and bad decisions.

Bryan Gil – N/A

Giovani Lo Celso – N/A

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